A Creative Calling

What’s the song

that all of your past experiences are singing?
I’m Jon Barnes and in my brief years on this planet I’ve had the good fortune of experiencing a wide variety of places, careers, and experiences. Whether growing up in Germany, becoming an Eagle Scout, going to automotive design school, or sitting in a Lamborghini Huracan, I’ve been blessed with opportunities and the ability to learn from them. My life now is about gathering people together and inspiring them. I find the deepest joy in being able to share my story about finding the “creative thread” between all my past careers and experiences, and being able to cast a vision to others of what their lives could be and that their dreams could actually become their reality. I wear a lot of different hats these days. Marketer. Dad. YouTuber. Teacher. Writer. Creative. Husband. Ninja. All these things are true. And all these things are me.

On any given day I can be presenting to a CEO with my bright red pants and then that night be filming videos for my YouTube channel about car design or trampoline tricks. Want an official version of what I just said that makes me sound like a really big deal? Here you go:


A true creative communicator, Jon has experienced enough seemingly disconnected careers in his short lifetime to confuse any guidance counselor. Charging ahead with the realization that creativity can be applied to any profession, Jon previously worked at MD-based ADG Creative where he led a thriving content marketing practice with clients in cyber, HR, banking, architecture, executive search, and telecom. Speaking frequently on all things content, digital, viral and creative, Jon has run his own advertising and design firm, worked with youth in the non-profit sector, and run marketing for a regulatory consulting firm and legal practice dedicated to helping clients succeed in FDA regulatory compliance. His YouTube channel has millions of views with videos on car design, filmmaking, creativity, and other assorted mayhem. His finest work has involved unicorns and trade show pranks, hand-painted car murals, meteorological impostering, fictional office park war heroes, car design, executive ghost writing, and ancient Greek. He holds an Undergraduate Degree in Theology from Washington Bible College, a Master’s Degree in Modern Studies from Loyola University Maryland, and after flirting with a Doctoral program eventually decided that making YouTube videos was a better investment of energy. A long time Howard County resident Jon lives with his wife Robin and 5 kiddos in Ellicott City, MD.