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CO-OWNER, SOLMATE SOCKS: You Will Never Have So Much Time As You Do In Your Youth

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Randy is the owner of Solmate Socks. He spends his typical day dealing with customers, production, and spear-heading large company initiatives. He began his career in animation creating commercials and short films, but made a career change when his job became difficult. He is training to take over his mother's sock company when she retires.

School: Hampshire College ; CalArts
Degree: Animation - Experimental Animation
Job Title: Co-Owner of Solmate Socks
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Entrepreneurs

Job Description

Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled. An entrepreneur sees an opportunity and exercises initiative by organizing a venture to turn an idea into reality. An entrepreneur is often seen as a business leader and innovator of new ideas and business processes.

On-the-Job Training

No

Additional Info

Entrepreneurship is defined by risks and rewards. Most people who become entrepreneurs are more comfortable with risks; prefer unstructured working and learning environments and collaborating with small team of people.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$0 - $200,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
Not applicable
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Remote, Indoor, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Problem solving skills, Creativity, Verbal communication skills, Leadership ability, Teamwork, People skills, Public speaking ability, Networking, Adventurous, Organizational skills, Courageous

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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m='9290'>company</span> <span m='9660'>and</span> <span m='9790'>so</span> <span m='10050'>I</span> <span m='10210'>deal</span> <span m='10470'>with</span> <span m='10620'>a</span> <span m='10660'>lot</span> <span m='10810'>of</span> <span m='10920'>the</span> <span m='11010'>production,</span> <span m='12440'>with</span> <span m='12770'>how</span> <span m='12940'>the</span> <span m='13040'>socks</span> <span m='13390'>are</span> <span m='13460'>made.</span> <span m='13780'>They're</span> <span m='13880'>made</span> <span m='14040'>in the</span> <span m='14180'>USA,</span> <span m='15700'>in</span> <span m='15880'>North</span> <span m='16050'>Carolina,</span> <span m='16570'>so</span> <span m='16720'>it's</span> <span m='16810'>a</span> <span m='16850'>lot</span> <span m='16990'>of</span> <span m='17050'>interaction</span> <span m='17780'>with</span> <span m='17940'>the</span> <span m='18050'>East</span> <span m='18210'>Coast,</span> <span m='18550'>a</span> <span m='18610'>lot</span> <span m='18820'>by</span> <span m='18970'>email,</span> <span m='19350'>sometimes</span> <span m='19740'>by</span> <span m='20020'>phone.</span> </p><p><span m='22040'>And</span> <span m='22170'>then</span> <span m='22300'>usually</span> <span m='22770'>I'm</span> <span m='22960'>just</span> <span m='23560'>putting</span> <span m='23790'>out</span> <span m='23920'>fires</span> <span m='24920'>at</span> <span m='25130'>the</span> <span m='25250'>beginning</span> <span m='25630'>of</span> <span m='25680'>the</span> <span m='25770'>day</span> <span m='26060'>and</span> <span m='26230'>then</span> <span m='26410'>part-way</span> <span m='26790'>through</span> <span m='26950'>the</span> <span m='27060'>day,</span> <span m='27260'>I</span> <span m='27300'>try</span> <span m='27460'>to</span> <span m='27560'>transition</span> <span m='28090'>into</span> <span m='29690'>some</span> <span m='29990'>of</span> <span m='30110'>our</span> <span m='30700'>larger</span> <span m='31610'>initiatives</span> <span m='32320'>and</span> <span m='32430'>trying</span> <span m='32670'>to</span> <span m='32980'>get</span> <span m='33490'>big</span> <span m='33770'>changes</span> <span m='34170'>happening</span> <span m='34550'>in</span> <span m='34620'>the</span> <span m='34710'>company.</span> <span m='35290'>So</span> <span m='35700'>you</span> <span m='35770'>have</span> <span m='35870'>to</span> <span m='35970'>work</span> <span m='36150'>at</span> <span m='36210'>the</span> <span m='36290'>micro</span> <span m='36630'>level,</span> <span m='36940'>as</span> <span m='37040'>well</span> <span m='37180'>as</span> <span m='37270'>the</span> <span m='37360'>macro.</span> </p><p><span m='38590'>After</span> <span m='38860'>high</span> <span m='38950'>school,</span> <span m='39240'>I</span> <span m='39390'>went</span> <span m='39720'>into</span> <span m='40620'>an</span> <span m='40790'>animation</span> <span m='41390'>and</span> <span m='41520'>film</span> <span m='41810'>program</span> <span m='42480'>at</span> <span m='43070'>a</span> <span m='43130'>college</span> <span m='43470'>out on</span> <span m='43610'>the</span> <span m='43730'>East</span> <span m='43900'>Coast.</span> <span m='44660'>And</span> <span m='45100'>I</span> <span m='45230'>got</span> <span m='45710'>some</span> <span m='45990'>work</span> <span m='46310'>doing</span> <span m='46530'>animation,</span> <span m='47050'>went</span> <span m='47190'>to</span> <span m='47260'>grad</span> <span m='47540'>school</span> <span m='47810'>actually,</span> <span m='48490'>and</span> <span m='48880'>got</span> <span m='48990'>a</span> <span m='49040'>master's</span> <span m='49380'>of</span> <span m='49470'>fine</span> <span m='49700'>arts</span> <span m='50130'>in</span> <span m='50330'>animation.</span> <span m='51410'>And</span> <span m='52610'>then</span> <span m='52710'>worked</span> <span m='53010'>for</span> <span m='53140'>about</span> <span m='53380'>six</span> <span m='53600'>years,</span> <span m='54050'>seven</span> <span m='54180'>years,</span> <span m='54580'>in</span> <span m='54780'>the</span> <span m='54880'>industry,</span> <span m='55620'>producing</span> <span m='56640'>commercials</span> <span m='57270'>and</span> <span m='57410'>music</span> <span m='57650'>videos</span> <span m='58060'>and</span> <span m='58140'>short</span> <span m='58370'>films</span> <span m='59270'>at</span> <span m='59400'>an</span> <span m='59520'>animation</span> <span m='59950'>studio</span> <span m='60310'>in</span> <span m='60420'>Portland,</span> <span m='60840'>Oregon.</span> </p><p><span m='61640'>After</span> <span m='63000'>that</span> <span m='63330'>started</span> <span m='63730'>to</span> <span m='65379'>wear</span> <span m='65780'>on</span> <span m='65870'>me</span> <span m='65980'>a</span> <span m='66040'>little</span> <span m='66210'>bit,</span> <span m='66440'>it</span> <span m='66740'>became</span> <span m='67260'>a</span> <span m='67350'>really</span> <span m='67580'>difficult</span> <span m='67990'>job</span> <span m='68990'>for</span> <span m='69200'>a</span> <span m='69250'>number</span> <span m='69520'>of</span> <span m='69590'>reasons.</span> <span m='70060'>I</span> <span m='70920'>lost</span> <span m='71170'>my</span> <span m='71250'>steam</span> <span m='71840'>in</span> <span m='72000'>that.</span> <span m='72280'>And</span> <span m='72520'>so</span> <span m='72920'>fortunately</span> <span m='73460'>enough,</span> <span m='74400'>my</span> <span m='74530'>mom</span> <span m='74800'>had</span> <span m='74920'>started</span> <span m='75180'>this</span> <span m='75340'>company</span> <span m='75970'>14</span> <span m='76370'>years</span> <span m='76620'>ago</span> <span m='77370'>and</span> <span m='77710'>needed</span> <span m='78010'>some</span> <span m='78170'>help.</span> </p><p><span m='78400'>She was</span> <span m='78600'>getting</span> <span m='78800'>ready</span> <span m='79010'>to</span> <span m='79070'>retire.</span> <span m='79690'>And</span> <span m='80850'>she</span> <span m='81010'>is</span> <span m='81210'>in</span> <span m='81320'>the</span> <span m='81400'>process</span> <span m='81840'>of</span> <span m='82330'>training</span> <span m='82660'>my</span> <span m='82770'>wife</span> <span m='83030'>and I</span> <span m='83160'>up</span> <span m='84100'>in</span> <span m='84190'>order</span> <span m='84370'>to</span> <span m='84510'>take</span> <span m='84770'>over</span> <span m='84930'>this</span> <span m='85100'>company.</span> <span m='86050'>So</span> <span m='86220'>that's</span> <span m='86430'>how</span> <span m='86500'>I</span> <span m='86600'>got</span> <span m='86770'>to</span> <span m='86840'>be</span> <span m='87000'>here.</span> <span m='87230'>It</span> <span m='87500'>was</span> <span m='87760'>a</span> <span m='87820'>really</span> <span m='88100'>fortunate</span> <span m='88520'>series</span> <span m='88790'>of</span> <span m='88910'>events.</span> </p><p><span m='89670'>But</span> <span m='89860'>everything</span> <span m='90230'>that</span> <span m='90370'>I</span> <span m='90410'>did</span> <span m='90620'>with</span> <span m='90800'>film</span> <span m='91130'>and</span> <span m='91230'>animation</span> <span m='91790'>and</span> <span m='91880'>dealing</span> <span m='92150'>with</span> <span m='92310'>ad</span> <span m='92500'>agencies</span> <span m='93300'>and</span> <span m='94050'>that</span> <span m='94220'>whole</span> <span m='94970'>educational</span> <span m='95570'>path</span> <span m='95840'>has</span> <span m='95950'>actually</span> <span m='96220'>proved</span> <span m='96510'>to</span> <span m='96600'>be</span> <span m='97040'>really,</span> <span m='97490'>really</span> <span m='97600'>valuable.</span> <span m='99700'>I</span> <span m='99770'>use</span> <span m='99960'>Photoshop</span> <span m='100500'>everyday</span> <span m='101010'>to</span> <span m='101140'>help</span> <span m='101370'>layout</span> <span m='101730'>and</span> <span m='101820'>design</span> <span m='102530'>different</span> <span m='102800'>things</span> <span m='103030'>for our</span> <span m='103350'>ads,</span> <span m='103860'>for</span> <span m='104900'>sock</span> <span m='105280'>design.</span> <span m='105830'>And</span> <span m='107270'>just</span> <span m='107890'>having</span> <span m='109290'>that</span> <span m='109530'>education</span> <span m='110070'>is</span> <span m='110170'>actually--</span> <span m='110890'>I had</span> <span m='111130'>never</span> <span m='111360'>thought</span> <span m='111680'>that</span> <span m='111810'>I</span> <span m='111860'>would</span> <span m='112120'>be</span> <span m='112360'>owning</span> <span m='112720'>a</span> <span m='112770'>company</span> <span m='113180'>with</span> <span m='113400'>that,</span> <span m='113640'>but</span> <span m='113960'>it's</span> <span m='114170'>worked</span> <span m='114420'>out</span> <span m='114510'>really</span> <span m='114700'>well.</span> </p><p><span m='115670'>My</span> <span m='115820'>advice</span> <span m='116120'>to</span> <span m='116210'>my</span> <span m='116330'>younger</span> <span m='116620'>self</span> <span m='116940'>would</span> <span m='117050'>be</span> <span m='119540'>that</span> <span m='120530'>you</span> <span m='120740'>have</span> <span m='120990'>more</span> <span m='121250'>time</span> <span m='121940'>now</span> <span m='122670'>than</span> <span m='122860'>you</span> <span m='123490'>will</span> <span m='123780'>ever</span> <span m='123990'>have</span> <span m='124220'>for</span> <span m='124320'>the</span> <span m='124410'>rest</span> <span m='124620'>of</span> <span m='124710'>your</span> <span m='124810'>life.</span> <span m='125240'>So</span> <span m='125670'>use</span> <span m='125940'>it</span> <span m='126010'>wisely</span> <span m='126640'>and</span> <span m='127070'>do</span> <span m='127260'>some</span> <span m='127460'>really</span> <span m='127700'>amazing</span> <span m='128060'>things</span> <span m='128400'>while</span> <span m='128520'>you</span> <span m='128680'>have</span> <span m='129180'>the</span> <span m='129280'>time</span> <span m='129610'>and the</span> <span m='129710'>energy.</span> <span m='131390'>It's</span> <span m='131560'>a</span> <span m='131610'>blessing</span> <span m='132230'>to</span> <span m='132350'>not</span> <span m='132510'>have</span> <span m='132650'>your</span> <span m='132740'>life</span> <span m='132940'>filled</span> <span m='133160'>up</span> <span m='133270'>with</span> <span m='133400'>work</span> <span m='133760'>and</span> <span m='134060'>to</span> <span m='134140'>be</span> <span m='134240'>going</span> <span m='134460'>to</span> <span m='134520'>school</span> <span m='135400'>and</span> <span m='135530'>to</span> <span m='135590'>be</span> <span m='135790'>able</span> <span m='135970'>to</span> <span m='136100'>take</span> <span m='137230'>the</span> <span m='137370'>resources</span> <span m='137625'>that</span> <span m='137880'>you</span> <span m='138050'>have</span> <span m='138350'>and</span> <span m='138440'>actually</span> <span m='138670'>do</span> <span m='138810'>something</span> <span m='139120'>amazing</span> <span m='139420'>with</span> <span m='139720'>it.</span> </p>","file":{"id":359253,"video_id":"3223504549001","name":"2052-Randy-CoOwnerSolemateSocks1","duration":140853,"thumbnail_url":null}});