1. What is your role at AudienceView?
I'm a Business Analyst and Deployment Engineer, so I technically have two roles!
As a Business Analyst, I work with our customers on new implementations and upgrades to deliver training, gather requirements and analyze processes. Ultimately, we aim to empower our customers, help them achieve their individual business goals and be successful using our platform.
When I work as a Deployment Engineer, I install the application, configure hardware like ticket printers and scanners, and work with customers on tasks such as migrating data from their legacy ticketing systems.
2. You’re a talented musician. How does your time on stage help in your behind-the-scenes role consulting with live events organizations?
Performing with a band only works if everyone is playing together – otherwise we're a bunch of musicians doing our own thing. There may be occasional moments when it sounds pretty good, but it would just be noise the rest of the time.
When consulting with live events organizations, my role is similar to an orchestra's conductor. I know the material and I'm helping lead the project forward, ensuring that we're all working towards the same goal.
3. As someone who works from home, what is your top tip for remote professionals?
Respect your work-life balance by setting up a dedicated workspace. Don’t work on the couch, feet up on the coffee table, laptop on your lap, while watching daytime TV. At a minimum, have a proper desk, lamp and a comfortable chair – and eliminate as many distractions as you can.
I'm fortunate to have a dedicated room for my office. This helps me focus on the task at hand when I’m on the clock and leave work confined to my office when I’m not. The inspiring view of Mt. Baker off in the distance sure helps too!
4. You’ve previously worked for the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), so you’ve undoubtedly spent a great deal of time in a cinema. What is your favorite movie and why?
My favourite movie is The LEGO Movie. As an adult fan of LEGO, and because those bricks were a large part of my childhood, it was fun to see the LEGO-inspired animation on the big screen. It also has a great story and some brilliant humor. I'm really looking forward to the sequel too, which is appropriately titled "The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part."
5. What’s your favorite place you’ve ever visited and why?
Considering I have more than one role with AudienceView, I feel that I should be able to give more than one favorite place!
In no particular order, the first is Whistler, British Columbia, especially in the summer. There's nothing I enjoy more than spending a couple of hours hiking and breathing in the fresh mountain air. It makes me feel grounded and helps to clear the mind.
The second is New York City. The noise, hustle and bustle, theaters, shopping, sightseeing, endless places to explore and New Yorkers themselves are all things that make that city great. My first trip there continues to mean a lot to me as it was my first vacation on my own and I had vowed to return every year. I don't make it there as often now that I live on the west coast, but it still holds a special place in my heart.
My third place is the waterfront along Halifax Harbour. I grew up in Halifax, so it will always be special to me. An excellent way to spend an afternoon there is to grab an ice cream cone, stroll along the boardwalk, and watch the people and ships go by.