Early Life, Travel & Film
Several of our featured execs are well-traveled, but some have a bit more nuance to their travel stories than others. This fact is undoubtedly the case with David Erwin. With an American military household, his travel was primarily characterized by uncertainty, discomfort, inquisitiveness, and especial societal awareness. For instance, David laments the moniker “military brats,” citing the inconvenience of the military duty that requires compulsory travel and abrupt adjustment to new cultures and surroundings. Initially born on an Air Force base near Washington DC, his family was shortly thereafter restationed in Oslo, Norway. Relocation stresses aside; his occupational passion stemmed from a pastime he developed in this new environment. Young David frequently accompanied his father to his job as a movie theatre attendant. The time spent here watching an array of movies led to a passion for film and storytelling. However, he soon learned that film was merely an outlet for the greater visual fascinations he developed from alluring scenes in an otherwise rote daily life of the military space.
College & Career
David went on to attend New York City’s School of Visual Art-a notable art and design college based in Manhattan, New York. He credits his time here as a treasured period around passionate and like-minded individuals. The comprehensive liberal arts curriculum and the healthy competition from the vibrant student body made him into a focused professional grounded in flexibility of method and technique. From there, he went on to lead creative departments at the renowned DC Comics/Warner Bros. Entertainment and Lionshare Media. His capacities therein ranged from brand management to sales to product development and more. Currently, he works at the powerhouse, Hasbro as a Franchise Creative Lead.
Inspirations & Lifestyle
Though a multifaceted professional, Mr. Erwin still allocates time for rest, relaxation, and inspiration. His ideal night of repose includes a soothing bath and a glass of red wine. In other periods of downtime, he actively seeks inspiration. Lucky for David, this is a ubiquitous resource. He finds a sense of vigor in every person that he engages and every activity in which he partakes. The trick for him is in the mindset of presence-away from work and pressure obligation-in order to sensationalize such experiences. This innate fascination and curiosity have led him to eclectic interests including diverse music, biographies, comic books, movies (of course), shopping, and anything else that sparks a sense of wonder. He acknowledges that this has effected a blurred line between his arenas of work and play as he maintains his creative flow at all times.
Furthermore, he has felt most guided in life by his parents. He is appreciated their support more than anything during his free-ranging history of artistic expression. This liberty he states has been outside of the influences of mentorship-a role that he feels that his strong memory and tendency for self-expression has superimposed. However, he has found wisdom in the arts and various figures of history. He loves the quote from The Dark Knight, “Some men just want to watch the world burn.” As a creative, this helps him preserve his inventive focus and place a boundary when dealing with instances that more so reflect a desire for destruction or unproductivity. On a more positive tone, he appreciates the quote from Picasso, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”