Q&A with Sarah Brownlee

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Q&A with Sarah Brownlee

By Sarah Brownlee

Posted on 3rd April 2019

I’m Sarah Brownlee. Hailing from a small town in the Eastern Cape, I’ve been a resident in the beautiful Mother City for the past five years. A lover of fine wine, engaging conversation and interpretive dance – I love to spend hours soaking up the sun and sea on the exquisite beaches of the Cape. When not beaching, you can spot me running on the promenade, cycling Suikerbossie, exploring the mountains or sipping on a fine Chenin with friends.

What is your position in the YDC team?

Marketing strategist and account manager

How would you describe your role?

Strategic thinker, brand builder and compelling content creator.

When did you start working at YDC?

Monday 1st April #ThreeDaysNew 😊

What part of your job do you enjoy most?

It’s still early days, but strategising enticing ways to initiate audience engagement with a brand excites me a lot.

What part of your role do you find the most challenging?

At the moment, it would be getting acquainted with the different systems and procedures followed in day to day account management.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the YDC team?

Its super exciting to be a part of an energetic, talented and passionate team of creatives. It’s great to see the different dynamic each member brings to the team.

What do you do when you’re stuck for inspiration?

Go for a run to clear my head – I tend to conjure up my best ideas/ campaigns whilst pounding it out on the pavement.   

What is your pre-work routine?

A run on the promenade or spinning class. Starting the day with a fresh sea breeze restores the soul. One of the fore mentioned followed by a cuppa Mastersons (Eastern Cape’s finest) coffee 😉

If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why?

I’m not that well acquainted with superheros but if Game of Thrones characters can be considered I’d want to be Khaleesi, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons. Who wouldn’t want to leap onto a wild animals back and fly around saving lives and conquering land.

What’s your favourite way to spend a weekend?

A combo of a long run/ cycle with my husband, walking our pup in the forest followed by fine wine and catching up with good friends. With one evening dedicated to Netflix and chillin’ 😉

What music do you like to listen to while working?

It’s very dependent on what I’m doing… if I need to concentrate I put on some chilled house or instrumental music. If I’m doing a mundane task that requires less focus, I pump up the Tomorrow Land remixes.

Introvert or extrovert?

Extrovert – I love getting to know people, hearing about their journey and finding out their stories (and sharing my own of course 😉)

Cats or dogs?

Definitely dogs. I’m even mother to a fur-baby boxer fondly known as Mumford.

Shoes or barefoot?

Barefoot all the way.

What’s your favourite spot on Kloof Street?

Bombay Bicycle Club. I went there for the first time at the end of last year and it was love at first site/ bite. Swings around a bar and chocolate chilli steak… what more could you want from life?

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Q&A with Jonny Field

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Q&A with Jonny Field

By Jonny Field

Posted on 6th March 2019

I am Jonny Field, your average quirky tall person! I was raised in Windhoek, Namibia but moved to Cape Town for a fresh start at life in 2011, and it was one of the best things that happened to me. As a person that attended international schools, most of my friends deserted the country after leaving school and I have a thirst for travel as a result of that ordeal. I studied Interaction Design at the Cape Town Creative Academy in Woodstock, which was the most influential choice of my life, as it set me down a path I never knew I wanted to go down, and now here I am working in the design industry in one of the design capitals of the world… I love it! I have always been a creative and abstract person, so I always knew that art and design would be where I ended up in my working life.

My interests on a personal level really resonate with what one considers “geeky”, as I am a fanatic for fantasy, Sci-Fi and all things adventure. I think we can all agree that Harry Potter is the best thing ever, maybe a little Riddikulus to some, but not me. But don’t get me wrong, I would like to think I am quite a rational person who can look at things from several perspectives before going forward with things. I believe neutrality and a more empathic approach to life is what everyone should strive for.

 

Other than that, you’ll either find me hiking, reading, playing board games and just outright chilling. That’s me!

What is your position in the Yellow Door team?

Interny intern.

How would you describe your role?

To help out with various tasks, liaise with suppliers and learn as much as possible about the company.

When did you start working at Yellow Door?

The 4th of March, 2019.

What part of your job do you enjoy most?

Learning new things as well as gaining new skills in the world of web and digital design, also the people here are fun to be around!

What part of your role do you find the most challenging?

Learning all the ins and outs of what each client wants us to do for them, how to handle all the different situations at the company and the daunting task of starting working life.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Yellow Door team?

The team seems inviting and ready to help me understand how the industry works, all while being fun and warm.

What do you do when you’re stuck for inspiration?

I usually go to Pinterest and type in the topic of my mental block if it’s visual inspiration I need to find, otherwise I will do a searching session on Google for the info I need.

What is your pre-work routine?

I usually have a slow morning with my cat and a good book while I have my coffee, then I do all the basics and get going.

If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why?

An unconventional choice; I would be Avatar Aang from The Last Airbender series:

As a public figure that has to portray neutrality and resolute care for the world, I believe this superhero to be one of the most caring, amazing and talented heroes out there. He always looks at things from an unbiased perspective and displays a neutral footing on any topic before drawing a conclusion, which I like to say we have in common.

Plus, the added benefit of having the ability to make infinite ice cubes on a hot day and start fires really easily for cold ones is pretty cool.

What’s your favourite way to spend a weekend?

Sleeping in, reading my book, seeing friends and playing board games, walking my dogs on the beach or hiking a mountain and probably watching a movie with my family to end it all off. Oh, and of course lots of good foodies!

What music do you like to listen to while working?

Usually something relaxed and without lyrics if typing out words is the task, something like Chill Radio or Lo-Fi Chill Pop because it is warm and unobtrusive. Otherwise for design work I like to listen to anything from generic pop to the golden oldies, my feel-good track would be anything from Fleetwood Mac.

Introvert or extrovert?

Introvert, with a desire to be more extroverted, but also not really, introverted-ness is cool.

Cats or dogs?

I’m a cat person with cat like tendencies, but still love dogs much the same!

Shoes or barefoot?

Depends on the weather, however foot freedom is always amazing.

What’s your favourite spot on Kloof Street?

Unframed Ice Cream, because they have ice cream that won’t make me sick, yay!

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Q&A with Blessing Katona

3 min readHi, my name is Blessing. I’ve just started at Yellow Door, which is my second experience working in an agency. I love the fact that you get to deal with different types of brands and people, and get to experience a completely different atmosphere to the everyday working life. My life can’t be explained in a paragraph but all you need to know about me is that there are three words that describe me best: passion, love and cars!

What is your position in the YDC team?

I am a fresh intern.

How would you describe your role?

At the moment my role is to learn as many skills and experiences as possible and show the team that I am eager to learn new tricks anytime.

When did you start working at YDC?

On 1 October 2018.

 What part of your job do you enjoy most?

There is a number of things that I enjoy about the job I do, but out of everything, I enjoy coming to work and always learning something new and engaging with people from different backgrounds the most.

What part of your role do you find the most challenging?

The most challenging part is the pressure. As an intern I feel like when given a task, I need to show my colleagues quality workmanship at a productive rate.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Yellow Door team?

They are all close knit, help is literally always a desk away and everyone gets to know each other on a personal level.

What do you do when you’re stuck for inspiration?

I either go hiking with my girlfriend or meet up with a few friends, pick a road and just follow through and see where the road takes us.

What is your pre-work routine?

A phone call with my girlfriend. This is really important to me because she is the person that inspires me to wake up every morning and give my all at work.

If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why?

Superman – because he can fly. I am always moving around and if I could move around without being worried about traffic and petrol prices, it would definitely be flying.

What’s your favourite way to spend a weekend?

Spending time with my girlfriend or going out to spend the day at a car show or the race track.

What music do you like to listen to while working?

My ears are versatile. I listen to anything from deep house to soft rock.

Introvert or extrovert?

Introvert with a little bit of extrovert. I am talkative when I need to be but at times I can be very quiet.

Cats or dogs?

I would say both but at the moment but I am more in love with cats because I have one.

Shoes or barefoot?

Barefoot. I like walking barefoot. There is just something fascinating about being barefoot and just having your feet out in the open or with some flip-flops on.

What’s your favourite spot on Kloof Street?

Yours Truly because as a student or a young person, that is the spot to be at.

Q&A with Kirsten Meintjes

4 min readMy name is Kirsten Meintjes and I am lucky to be born and bred Capetonian, although I identify as a citizen of the globe. I am 25 years young and have a curious history of studying, working and traveling. I enjoy throwing myself in the deep-end in almost any endeavour, as well as navigating my way through learning new information and skills.

I am deeply fascinated by psychology, especially the individual and collective human consciousness. In short, I like to examine what humans and animals do, how this varies, and why they do it. I guess one could say I’m a nerd – but I also place huge value in nurturing my relationships, exploring my surroundings, and working at being the healthiest and happiest version of myself that I can be.

What is your position in the YDC team?

I am Yellow Door’s first official digital project manager!

How would you describe your role?

“Doing all the things!” My main priority is to maintain the internal ‘health’ of our company, meaning that I am concerned with ensuring everyone has work, are operating optimally and happily, and that clients are informed and clear regarding the status and progress of their projects. I also do a bit of website development on the side 😉

When did you start working at Yellow Door?

About two hours ago…!

What part of your job do you enjoy most?

This is a new role to me, and I was drawn to it because I thrive in an environment in which I can juggle many tasks that require a variety of skills and competencies from me. I am excited to learn and grow at Yellow Door and play a real part in this wonderful company’s success.

What part of your role do you find the most challenging?

It’s difficult to comment so soon, but what I will say is that I try and see every challenge as an opportunity. The work I do here is going to be very different to what was required of me at my previous job, and so it will definitely take some adjustment in this new role and space. Bring it!

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Yellow Door team?

I feel like I have been warmly welcomed into the team already – not only as an employee here to do a job, but as an individual human with my own background, quirks and dreams. I also appreciate that we are diverse yet all communicate in a way that each other can understand, and that the environment encourages constant growth and development.

What do you do when you’re stuck for inspiration?

If feeling stuck for inspiration, I go through a mental checklist. My pre-requisites are that I have already exercised for the day (nothing beats getting over a mental block like some fresh air and going for a run), and have eaten and slept enough. On top of that I typically listen to music or play the piano for a bit until whatever answer I am looking for seems to find its way up into my conscious mind.

What is your pre-work routine?

Very regimented! I will walk or run most mornings, have a shower, get myself and my lunch ready for the day, and have a cup of green tea whilst I check my personal emails and socials. I also consume a sizable amount of coffee each morning, so am hoping to explore some coffee shops that open early in the area.

If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why?

Can I choose my grandmother? I know that might not be allowed, however I am privileged to have had her nearby my whole life; and her intelligence, resilience and grace have certainly moulded who I am today. I consider the times she was a young adult – in many ways it was much harder to be a mother, wife and employee back then, and I am in awe when I see the capable woman that her history has produced.

What’s your favourite way to spend a weekend?

A perfect weekend for me contains a combination of the following elements: exercise, nature, connecting with friends and family, spending quality time with my lovely boyfriend, and having some space of my own to work on my interests and hobbies. Good food and red wine go without saying of course!

What music do you like to listen to while working?

My taste in music is varied to say the least… I get very influenced by music and will tailor my selection to the energy I need to be feeling at a particular moment. I predominantly listen to trance (progressive/psy) as I find this incredibly energising and for most of the day I want to be alert and energetic. I also really enjoy more chilled, indie-style tunes, as well as some good ol’ Pink Floyd.

Introvert or extrovert?

This is definitely a spectrum, and I definitely lie toward the introverted side. Don’t believe the stigma though – I can be incredibly social for days at a time, and I thoroughly enjoy it, but after this it is critical for some downtime to rejuvenate and charge my batteries!

Cats or dogs?

I am totally a cat lady. This might be because I am allergic to dogs… 🙁 (and most other allergens tbh)

Shoes or barefoot?

I am always barefoot around the house; this is one of a few habits that I picked up when living in Asia. In addition, I personally find it incredibly difficult to find shoes that actually suit me… but I must say, I do enjoy a good pair of boots these days – especially when found on sale 😉

What’s your favourite spot on Kloof Street?

I am still exploring the area, but for now, this is going to have to be a toss up between Rick’s Cafe and Tiger’s Milk. The latter has unbeatable drinks specials, and a classy set up to match, whilst Rick’s has an inviting Bohemian-style ambience, delicious tapas, and incredibly friendly staff.

Q&A with Christine Bergh

3 min readWhat is your position in the YDC team?

PR Manager

How would you describe your role?

I’m supposed to be the PR expert 😉 I’m involved in PR strategy and content creation across some of YDC’s awesome clients.

When did you start working at YDC?

January 2018

What part of your job do you enjoy most?

I love working in a team and being inspired by the people around me. It’s also great that the job requires me to be as up-to-date as possible… that’s enough stimulation on it’s own!

What part of your role do you find the most challenging?

Well I’m actually living in the sticks (Clanwilliam)…ok it’s not that bad, it’s actually quite wonderful really. But a speedy Internet connection doesn’t seem to be a priority around these parts! So that can be a challenge at times, and then of course I don’t get to see the YDC team’s cheery faces everyday.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the YDC team?

I’ve watched YDC grow over the years and it’s all been rather exciting to be honest! And now I am part of that excitement, which makes me feel quite special.

I love being challenged by new projects but still having the security of being able to brainstorm with everyone and hear all their ideas.

What do you do when you’re stuck for inspiration?

I like to talk things through with someone (usually my husband whether he likes it or not). Sometimes saying things out loud instead of keeping it all in your head can spark new ideas and clarify clouded thought. I am also a sucker for trawling Instagram for inspiration of course!

What is your pre-work routine?

Early mornings on the farm are definitely the best time to be out and about (it reaches 40+ degrees in summer!), so I generally do some exercise, or on lazy days I’ll read in bed for a bit. But the same thing always follows… a strong percolated coffee and a green juice to give me the boost I need.

If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why?

I’m not sure why, but for some reason I’ve always loved Elastigirl from The Incredibles. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be that bendy? If I could lie in my bed and stretch my arm the length of the house to grab a glass of water from the kitchen, well that would just be the greatest. I’m not sure she’s even considered a superhero, but she’s Mr Incredible’s wife and he’s definitely one so I hope that counts J

What’s your favourite way to spend a weekend?

I love chilling at home with my hubby and hounds – it’s just so nice to have time to appreciate your own space and go on missions in the mountains or to the dam. But I also love the company of friends and family, so add a gathering of sorts to the mix, and I’m happy!

What music do you like to listen to while working?

I usually put on an instrumental piano mix (I love the piano!) – it drowns out the background noise but isn’t distracting!

Introvert or extrovert?

Extrovert

Cats or dogs?

Dogs

Shoes or barefoot?

Barefoot for as long as it is socially acceptable J

What’s your favourite spot on Kloof Street?

I absolutely love Black Sheep – delicious food and a great vibe.

Q&A with Simon Dwyer

3 min readWhat is your position in the YDC team?

I am an intern.

How would you describe your role?

I see my role here as a learning assistant. Learning to assist and assisting to learn, with the goal of developing my marketing skill set.

When did you start working at YDC?

On March the 22nd, which happened to be the birthday of our co-founder Dominique.

What part of your job do you enjoy most?

Learning to use new software, having the chance to help bring on new clients and stretching my creativity.

What part of your role do you find the most challenging?

Getting used to the various time and task management software that we use everyday ALL THE TIME.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the YDC team?

I like working in a small team where each individual knows one another on a personal level and have great working relationships.

What do you do when you’re stuck for inspiration?

Try get onto the mountain for a climb or, at the very least, go for a walk in nature. Nothing gets the create juices flowing like natural beauty.

What is your pre-work routine?

Wake-up…go back to sleep, then wake-up, kettle on, shower, and make coffee to drink while I pull myself towards myself.

If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why?

Wolverine for sure, I would be able to climb, slackline, and snowboard, all without worrying about getting injured or breaking bones.

What’s your favourite way to spend a weekend?

Taking a trip out the city to go camping with a group of friends, preferably in a place with hikes, waterfalls and good rock-climbing. I always feel calm and content when I am out of the hustle and bustle of city life.

What music do you like to listen to while working?

Oooo…that depends on what mood I am in, but usually ranges from 70s and 80s rock (The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Police, Roxette, etc.) to electronic based psy-trance. I like most music though, just not anything with the words “babe”, “dollar bills”, “booty”, or any other generic references to woman and money.

Introvert or extrovert?

It depends on where I am and who I’m with, but no matter what I always need alone time to recharge.

Cats or dogs?

Dogs for sure, I mean cats are awesome too but there is something special about knowing that after a long day at work there is unconditional love waiting for you at home.

Shoes or barefoot?

Barefoot!! I think its silly that people think they can improve on thousands of years of evolution, and as for the argument of hygiene…the western word doesn’t scrub their shoes or take them off before going inside, but at least I clean my feet every day.

What’s your favourite spot on Kloof Street?

It’s a tie between the laid-back vibe of Mixa’s Shwarmas, that I’ve been frequenting since I was a student, and the fairy-tale-like environment of Kloof Street House.