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Tulsa People 2008

TULSA PEOPLE 2008

What is your job description and job title?
I am an Account Executive at Cubic and in my free time, I am the Creative Director of Left Field Project. My responsibilities at Cubic include managing creative projects from concept to completion, translating marketing objectives into creative strategies and directing the creative team in the production of advertising and marketing collateral. Basically, I am accountable for the overall quality of work produced by the creative department. With Left Field Project, I never thought about what it is that I do on a daily basis. It’s become a part of my life. It’s essentially an extension of my consciousness. I build relationships, ask lots of questions, help manage our store and art gallery, I take some of the most absurd ideas and turn them into realities and I smile a lot.
What is the best part about your job/worst part about your job?
As an Account Executive, I am the liaison between the client and the creative team. Being the middle man is sometimes a terrible place to be. You want to make everyone happy, but at the end of the day, it’s my job to remove all subjectivity and indentify what is best for helping our client achieve their goals. The best part of my job is working with inspired and capable individuals on a daily basis.
How long have been employed at your company?
1.25 years with Cubic. 4.5 years with Left Field Project.
Why do you enjoy the creative process?
I’m absolutely fascinated with the mechanics of the creative process. It’s actually one of the reasons Left Field Project exists. When I was a child I could not understand why some people would ever stop coloring, painting or drawing. Left Field Project was created because I wanted to understand why some people never stopped. But to answer the question, I enjoy the creative process because it’s not the same for everyone. There is no formula. Sometimes it’s extremely easy. Other times it’s not so easy. I’ve had many sleepless nights trying to figure out what to do next. You reach into the depths of your heart and soul for clues. Inspiration is not something you go in search of, it finds you. The process is brilliant. I usually learn something new about myself with every creative transaction. So maybe that’s why I enjoy it, there is self discovery within the creative process.
What makes Tulsa a unique city to work in?
Tulsa is a unique place, so it’s only natural that working here would make for a unique experience. That’s my political answer… I moved to Tulsa a little over a year ago because of numerous reasons, one of them was because I enjoy a challenge and let’s face it, Tulsa has some challenges. There are a lot of great ideas in Tulsa, but without the buy in from the community those great ideas will remain “ideas”. Great cities were built on dreams, support and stick-to-itiveness. If the community does not get behind the ideas of the dreamers, Tulsa will surely lose them all. But, despite the odds, there are a handful of people who are trying to make a difference. Working with them has been inspirational.
What is the greatest lesson you have learned at Cubic?
I’ve learned that being realistic is far more advantageous than being optimistic.
Why did you create Left Field Project?
Honestly, there were a few reasons why I started Left Field Project, but the most important one being: I felt like my passion for trying to understand people could possibly help society in some way. It seems foolish or naive, but I felt like I should try to do something. If Left Field Project touches or inspires only one person, I’ll be happy.
What is your most recent splurge?
The last year was a bit chaotic, so I took a trip to visit some friends in Arizona. The trip included a shopping spree in Vegas, specifically the Nike outlet.
How did you celebrate your last raise?
I bought a sweet vintage single speed bike.
Anything else you would like us to know…
I have no idea what I am talking about. I’m just trying.

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