Every Monday we’d like you to meet someone new around here at JustBats.com. Get to know us a little better! Meet Drew! Drew shoots and edits some really awesome product videos and promos for JustBats.com! Here is what makes Drew tick.
1. How long have you worked here at JustBats.com?
I’ve worked here at Justbats for almost two years now and haven’t disliked one minute of it. 2. What are some of your responsibilities in the video department at JustBats.com?
My main responsibilities here in the video department are to help shoot and edit the product videos you guys see all over the site. I also get a chance to work on some REALLY fun stuff from time to time like the new promo coming out soon on Justin and Bralin. Check out the trailer here…
3. What are your favorite aspects of doing video for JustBats.com?
My favorite part of doing videos for JustBats.com is working with the Video team, and the Creative team in general. We’re the infants of the company so it’s really cool to see us grow and keep pushing each other to do more, and to do it better. 4. What is your process like for editing and shooting video?
My process starts behind the camera. We have a brand new studio that sounds and looks amazing. So, we’ll shoot the on camera personality and then I’ll go back later and get some shots of the bats. Back at the computer I’ll cut everything together so it flows well and then someone else takes it from there. 5. What would you say to someone coming into your line of work?
No matter where you work or what line of creative work you’re in I think the advice is always going to be similar. Push yourself to do more constantly. Learn new things as much as possible, but honestly, just go out and create. Finally, you absolutely have to be willing to fail. And then you have to be willing to fail again. Through the failures will come great work! 6. What’s your favorite memory so far from JustBats.com?
One of my favorite memories here at JustBats.com so far…well there’s a ton. The All-Star festivities this year were pretty cool! One thing that’s great about JustBats.com is that we work hard, but we really know how to have fun, too! 7. What are some challenges you face either shooting or editing video?
We’re always looking/thinking of new ways to entertain our viewers. We want to make the videos as fun and enjoyable as we can. 8. Tell us what you enjoy doing outside of working at JustBats.com.
I began doing photography, so I definitely enjoy doing personal work outside of JustBats.com. When I’m not behind a camera or computer I enjoy time with my wife, my little bulldog (Bruno), and hanging out with friends. Seriously, if I’m not working I’m doing something with my family or friends or playing ping pong. 9. What’s your favorite sport and team?
Being in a creative position you probably can guess that I’m not the biggest sports fan. But, I love Sporting Kansas City! My wife and I, along with a bunch of friends have season tickets to watch soccer almost every week. 10. What gets you laughing the hardest?
I’m a sucker for Youtube junk! It’s not the most valuable source of media, but there is definitely some humorous stuff on there. Also, Dumb and Dumber.
Every Monday we’d like you to meet someone new around here at JustBats.com. Get to know us a little better! Meet Zach! Zach is the manager of the Creative Department here at JustBats.com and he makes sure everything we do looks awesome! Here is what makes Zach tick.
1. How long have you worked here at JustBats.com?
It will be 4 years this September! 2. What are some of your responsibilities as manager of the Creative Department here at JustBats.com?
I get to manage an awesome team of designers and media staff! I manage all the employees as well as all our processes and systems. Currently the Creative Department does all of the video, graphic design, photography and putting together the email marketing materials. 3. What do you enjoy most about the Creative Team at JustBats.com?
Getting to work with an amazing staff is the highlight of my day. They are so talented and surprise me everyday with just how good they are. We also have a lot of fun together which is great. 4. It is easy sometimes to hit creative blocks, what keeps you motivated and inspired to keep designing?
Since I don’t currently do a lot of the designing anymore, I try finding other outlets for being creative. I get really motivated when I get to work with my hands. I do a lot of creative projects around the house for me and my wife. I enjoy doing random carpentry jobs, like building frames and tables. My wife finds lots of projects on the internet for me to put together. That’s where most of my creativity goes these days. 5. What’s one of your favorite projects the creative department has pushed out?
I can’t say I have a favorite. I enjoy looking back each year and seeing the work we use to be doing and how far we’ve come. Our Creative Staff gets so much better at their trait over time and it’s amazing to look back and see how much they learn. 6. What are some challenges you face being manager of the Creative Department?
Sometimes making quick decisions is a challenge, but also enjoy the busy times and there is always good people to bounce ideas off of. 7. What’s your favorite memory since working at JustBats.com?
Wow, way to many to choose from, I’ve enjoyed so much being a part of this company. Here’s a few.
Getting to play Wiffle Ball at the Little K at Kauffman Stadium
Each year picking out toys for Toys for Tots
Each year getting to do Kansas City Corporate Challenge events 8. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Hanging out with my wife, Spending time working on my house, Playing with my dogs Georgia and Sundance, Going to Sporting KC games, Spending time with friends and family and Disc Golf! 9. Any advice for people coming in to your line of work?
Be flexible, pay attention to the smallest of details, work hard 10. What gets you laughing the hardest?
Drummer at the Wrong Gig (YouTube it) 11. What’s your favorite sport and team?
Can’t say I have a favorite sport. But definitely spend most of time either at Sporting KC, Royals or Chiefs games. All of which I will love until the day I die.
Every month we would like to introduce you to a department at JustBats.com. Each department around here plays a key role in making sure everything runs smoothly and you get your bats in a timely manner, while having a great experience shopping with us. Meet the Creative team, this department is all about the graphics that you see on the web in our email blasts, it’s also responsible for all those sweet videos you can watch about our products.
1. Tell us a little bit about the Creative team.
The goal of the Creative Department here at JustBats.com is to create everything visually for the company. The Creative team helps provide the customers with a good visual piece of art that helps them find what they are looking for. 2. What kind of responsibilities does each person in the Creative Department take on everyday?
We take on almost everything visually that our customers see on our site, blog and social media areas. We tackle Product Images, Product Videos, Email Marketing, Social Media, Blog Content, Company Newsletter and much more. 3. Are there any major challenges you and the team face daily, weekly or even monthly in the Creative Department?
Not too many. I feel like we have a strong team and a lot of talent here. If one of us isn’t sure about a project, we really pull together and use peoples’ strengths where it fits best. 4. What would you say you look for the most in someone wanting to become a Creative in the department?
Always be creating. Whether it’s in your field or not, always continue using your talent for something. We definitely encourage our Creative team to work on extra projects that benefit our company someway. 5. We all know with work there has to be some play, tell us about some of the perks of being in the Creative Department.
We all work together very well. I feel like we’re one big family. We might drive each other crazy sometimes, but I feel like we would do anything for each other. Everyday we get to come into work and it’s easy to forget you’re at work when the team you get to be around is really awesome. 6. What are some of the ways you think JustBats.com and the Creative Department go above and beyond to keep our customers happy?
We really try to listen to our customers and give them what they want. That may sound cliche, but we really do. If someone sends an email or comments on our Facebook page about something we can change in our videos, we take every single one of those into consideration and try to make them better. 7. What is the best part about being a Creative at JustBats.com?
I know I said it before but I really love the people on our Creative team staff. Coming into work everyday and getting to work with great, talented people is the greatest. They are very good at what they do, they work their butts off and they teach me things everyday. Can’t ask for anything better.