Our “Pita Peeps” series continues, featuring the innovative thinkers, interactive geniuses and creative marketers who make Pita so fresh.
Our fourth Pita profile takes a closer look at Interactive Manager Naren Kelso, who spends his days overlooking interactive projects, brainstorming, creating new ideas, and lending a hand to those who are “technically unable” at Pita.
Spring intern Aleaha Gilbert sat down with Naren to discuss current projects, daily life and his biggest inspirations:
1. What does a typical day in the life of an interactive manager involve?
In my day-to-day work, I make sure the interactive department is running smoothly from a time management perspective amidst my own programming responsibilities. If I’m not programming a new website project, you’ll often see me fielding technical support requests from staff and clients or brainstorming new ideas or solutions with the interactive team. Beyond that, I spend my time keeping an eye on our internal and external IT needs in addition to working on video productions whenever possible.
2. What would you say are the most important skills to have as an interactive manager?
A relentlessly creative and technical mind coupled with patience and pragmatism. Many aspects of my job involve a great deal of problem solving, and it’s also important to be detail-oriented in all situations.
3. Have you always wanted to work in this field?
I’ve always had an aptitude for creative and technical work of this nature, but no, I wasn’t thinking I’d be hired in this field – until I was. I actually hold a bachelor’s degree in media production, which has always been close to my heart in many ways. I’d love to work more with TV/video production and post-production projects.
4. Are there any projects you are currently working on that you are really excited about?
I’ve been spending most of my time lately making updates to our own website, thepitagroup.com. “Excited” may be the wrong word to describe this, but I’m pleased, because these improvements will offer visitors a better experience and more connections to our large portfolio of industry-specific work.
Beyond that, I am actually excited to be developing a prototype for a video library component we hope to introduce into our custom content management system platform. It’s in the early stages, though.
5. What inspires you?
Many things inspire me, ranging from Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future to random acts of kindness. I love to explore and discover overlooked beauty in mundane things. General creativity of others and good design should be mentioned, too. Marrying video and audio together – often in serendipitous ways – fuels my soul.
6. When do you have the most fun at Pita?
At the holiday party at the end of the year.
7. How would you describe yourself in three words?
Tenacious, gracious and trustworthy.
8. What do you do in your free time?
In my free time, you’ll find me keeping up with TV shows I watch, throwing a beer back with friends, hiking a mountain, tackling a video game challenge or immersing myself in the study of human behavior and relationships. I’ll often seek out time by myself to pursue my other creative outlets, like photography or playing the piano.
9. If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not, living or dead, real or fictional, whom would it be?
A person with nothing. I think it would make me appreciate all that I have even more.