11 May 2018
Paws for thought
Staff members: Bailey and Hugo
Ensuring that the studio is kept safe and that every creative avenue is explored are jobs that can often be overlooked.
Today we chat to two members of the team who do just that and without their creative bark the team would struggle to find their creative spark…
Where did you both start your journey in the creative world? Bailey can I start with you?
Sure thing, well I guess I get a lot of my creative passion from my need to explore. One of my first major projects was digging the best hole you’ve ever seen. From the first time I moved earth with my paw, I knew that that was the career I wanted to follow.
What about you Hugo?
Well I have a more delicate approach to creativity. My passion lies in interior design and it really stems from the first time I was left alone in the house and it just hit me, I can make this place look and feel much more individual. So for me, my journey started right there and then the minute I tore up that awful carpet and removed the stuffing from the furnishings. I was so proud of the results that for me it was a no brainer, the creative industries was where I belonged.
What do you do at Dodgems and Floss? Hugo, let’s start with you.
I do a variety of different roles within the business, it’s always the way in a smaller company as we all pitch in. My main job is to secure the perimeter of the studio along with adding my input to ideation sessions. On occasion I am called upon to vet people as they enter the premises plus, and most importantly, I make sure that all food is tried and tested before the rest of the design team eat a thing.
I’m the assistant to the Digital Director. There’s a lot of checking and code proofing involved, which I do from the bosses lap. In addition I head up the meet and greet function, I feel running to the door and window the minute someone walks past is one of the keystones to customer service.
What has been the most important lesson you have learnt since Dodgems and Floss came into being?
I think for both of us it’s the need to be patient, explains Hugo. Being able to sit and wait is vitally important when dealing with a client, project or if there is a potential treat on offer. Don’t you agree Bailey?
Absolutely, the need to listen and really understand whatever the command is truly is vital. I think one of the most important things I’ve learnt is how to rest myself perfectly on the top of the sofa, looking out to the high street keeping a vigilant eye open for sales opportunities….and other dogs that dare walk past!
What has been the most rewarding part of being in the creative industry for you?
There is so much to love about the creative industry; being able to express yourself, seeing projects start from nothing and turn into this living breathing entity that supports a clients business but more than all that, it is the pats. Getting a pat on the head or the belly is second to none.
Bailey, what do you love about being in the creative industry?
Very similar to Hugo, seeing a project grow with a client is great but you can’t beat a “good boy” once in a while. That makes everything we do worth it.
If you could give one piece of advice to someone looking to get into the industry, what would it be?
Hugo – Be yourself and follow every smell, sound and tiny movement to the fullest. Take every opportunity to bark at something. You never know what it might lead to.
Bailey, how about you?
Be positive and try new things. Wag your tail because a positive attitude gets you so far in this world.