I got to chat with Doug about his Career. From digital marketing to being a creative and a musician as well . He shares what inspires him especially what he loves most about being a creative. Hope you enjoy.
- Tell us about you:
I am a digital content creator, standup comedian and musician.
- Your best social media platform?
My best social media platform has to be Twitter and for a good reason. It allowed for simple and effective communication. It was quick. It was subtle and people (and brands) had to find better ways of saying more, video, gifs, overall, I attribute how social media has grown to Twitter.
- What do you use social media for mostly?
Social Media for me is entertainment. Getting to share my hobbies and passions with the world and with the rest of the world sharing theirs, it makes for something unbelievably eye opening. Moreover, it makes for a good friend finder J
- Tell us more about what you do for a living:
I work as the Digital Marketing Manager for a local nonprofit, as well as run my own small content marketing agency called Odd Joey. I also dabble in the music a lot, playing in a local punk band as well as do a bit of stand up comedy here and there.
- What do you love most about being a comedian/ creative?
Being a creative I’d say has opened my eyes to things I really wasn’t curious about before. Because as much as a creative does have some technical skill, ideas are informed by the world, what happened, who did it, why … Being a creative has allowed me to experience the world in a much more objective way and to be honest, has made me more understanding of the differences in people, cultures, that ultimately make the world what it is today. A peaked curiosity is my greatest asset.
- Did you ever think you would trend as much as you do?
Hahaha. Not for a second. Sometimes humor is very subjective and not everyone likes the same things and being in a position where you have a lot of people, most of them strangers, relate to my content really does warm my heart. It’s the little things.
- What are some of the challenge’s creative’s face?
Oh boy, id need a couple of stone tablets for this one. I think one of the major challenges has always been authenticity. Most creatives are at some point forced to choose between being authentic to their craft or being loyal to the monetary value their craft offers. The 2 should not be mutually exclusive. Authenticity is priceless and should be encouraged, by consumers, clients and artists themselves.
- Where do you love hanging out?
At Home mostly. Hahaha. I made a point of populating my house with things that interest me, games, musical instruments, books, so it’s always a good time being home. I do however love myself an easy-going night at Purdy Arms.
- How do you manage to keep your private life off social media?
Privacy is a key concern for me, so I always find myself rethinking a lot of what I would want to post. (you should see my drafts) but I guess it all boils down to telling stories. I try telling my stories in a way that Is not too revealing but at the same time gets the message home.
- Tell us something about you that would surprise us: I’m quite proficient with a bow and arrow.
- What advice would you give young you?
Oh boy. Definitely, walk your own journey. It is very easy to get caught up in the rat race and miss out on your own personal journey. Give yourself time to reflect, and don’t be afraid to take a step back, take a deep breath, and give everything a 2nd, 3rd or even 4th look.
- If you could be the president of Kenya what would you do differently in terms of employment creation and creating a thriving environment for businesses?
I think my first goal would be to digitize and automate a lot of the processes in different arms of the government. Redundancy has the ability to cripple entire economies and that is what happens in most places. By reducing the number of bottlenecks caused by our more manual approach to data collection and application, we would be in a much better position to spot gaps and address the accordingly. It’s okay to have gaps, what is not okay, is not being self-aware about the gaps because every solution henceforth is invalid as it does not address the real people,
- Kindly tell us your parting shot in regard to both life and work:
Find time to live life. I know it sounds cliché saying life is short, but it is, and as you build your legacy in your career, leave a legacy in people’s hearts as well.