A Day in the Life: Q+A with Hilary Buchanan

By JillMcClurg

Illustration by Jill McClurg

Hey, I’m Hilary Buchanan! Some things that almost sum me up are – I’m an Enneagram 3, I practice adult gymnastics, I’m a Creative Director for Pixel Park (working in the creative industry is my 2nd career – I started out in the non-profit sector), I got married during quarantine, and I really, really like people and learning all about their life experiences.

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Morning! Welp, I have a senior dog who rises and shines around 6:30am so you better believe I do too. Then, there’s coffee. I have a complicated relationship with coffee. I’m sensitive to caffeine, so I have to be judicious – but boy do I LOVE BLACK COFFEE. If I’m not brewing Silverbridge’s Jamaican Me Crazy at home, I’m grabbing it from Florin or Parable Coffee locally. I’m one of those people that thinks about my next morning’s cup of coffee when I go to bed at night. I told you it was complicated. I also love working out in the morning. The Fitness Loft is the best gym on the planet. That mind/body connection is very real.



In my position I don’t really have a typical anything and that includes afternoons. Sometimes I might spend it writing scripts, ideating visuals for a new project, putting together a pitch deck, mood boarding, chit chattin’ with clients. Everyday’s different. When I’m in the studio however, I do make a point to wander a lot. I even have a box of topics that I’ll pull from to have spontaneous conversations with my co-workers. We’ve talked about everything from dream projects to NASCAR. Who knows what’s next.


During the evenings I really like to invest my time in writing poetry, dreaming up the next Creative Babes event – a community I co-founded, and I like to lend my time to CRIS (Community Refugee Immigrant Services) as a mentor. I also really like to just snuggle up on the couch with a cozy blanket and watch both good and bad scary movies with my partner and dog. We watched Population 436 last night! So bad it was good.


Photo by Stef Streb

By MeganLeighBarnard

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard