ENGINEER AT EMAKINA.FR
Marion Masneuf is a french engineer. She is currently working at Emakina, a digital agency based in Limoges, FR. I met her 3 years ago when I was a designer in this very same company.
She came to visit me in San Francisco 2 weeks ago so I couldn't miss the chance to interview her.
She is full of energy most of the time, but she can use a nap on a daily basis, otherwise she could be a little bit grumpy ;) She's also a really kind person and a great listener.
She inspires me with her strength and her self-confidence.
Marion, you’re an engineer in a French Web Agency called Emakina. Would you say that you’re doing your dream job?
Originally not at all! I dreamed of many different careers in my life. Child's dreams, teenage's desires. These dreams match with the person I was at that time. I started my career in the computer science completely by chance. A choice made by default at the end of high school because I did not really know what I wanted. And surprisingly I've discovered a job that suits me. It requires logic, organization and somehow I have to solve 'puzzles' and push myself constantly to do better.
This profession also allows creative moods and gives room to imagination. I don't know if you can call it an 'immaterial art', but I live the sound of it! I can create something with my hands and my mind. Something ephemeral which constantly evolves.
This duality between rational mind and creative imagination is a reflection of my personality. So being an engineer is maybe not my dream job, but it makes me happy.
"I can create something with my hands and my mind. Something ephemeral which constantly evolves."
So what’s your real passion?
I don't know if that's my real passion but I surely love sport and the feeling of physical efforts.
I don't think I could live without it! I'm addicted to the thrills and the freedom sport provides. It's a way to go beyond its own limits. Whenever I do sports, I make a parenthesis in my life. I create a bubble around me in which I feel alone, unique and fearless.
Would you like to make this passion your now job?
I live this love for sport everyday, but I don't necessarily want to make it my profession.
I consider this kind of passion as an outlet, a way to balance my personal life with my professional life. I don't feel the need to focus on my passion exclusively. I want it to be part of my life while giving me a daily pleasure.
"I dreamt to be able to use a bow, to live in a tree and to be free to do whatever I wanted whenever I wanted."
Who was your favorite superhero/villain growing up? Why?
Without a doubt: Disney's Robin Hood
I've watched this cartoon dozens of times. I love this rebellion spirit, this ability to joke about everything, and these hopeful characters.
I dreamt to be able to use a bow, to live in a tree and to be free to do whatever I wanted whenever I wanted.
You know that Batman has his Batcave and Superman his Fortress of Solitude. What's your favorite place/environement to do what you love?
I have no specific location in mind right now! I generally enjoy quiet environments. Either wooded with a lot of verdure or near water.
Oceans and forest have a soothing effect on me. Nothing beats a running session in the nature. Actually I find it hard to relax in urban areas, too much noise and too many stressed people around.
Do you have a favorite object, like a lucky charm or something that really matters to you?
I wear a specific ring in all circumstances. It's a gift from one of the most important people in my life.
I usually don't give a lot of importance to objects, but this ring is, for some reasons, an 'extension' of that person. He's always with me, in my heart.
Unfortunately, I can't see him as much as I'd like. He is the kind of soul who makes you feel stronger, who pushes you to always be better and who helps you believe in yourself.
When I watch this ring, it gives me courage and the strength to carry on!
What superpower do you wish you had and why?
The power to teleport myself in order to sleep longer in the morning and not be late to every appointments every day OR being able to heal wounds since I'm really clumsy and lot of my bones have already been broken. *laugh*
On a more serious note, I would love the teleportation power. Actually, many important people are currently far away from me and it's really hard to be away from those who matter.
What is your personal Kryptonite?
Conformism. I understand that each society is structured by rules and limits, it has to, but what scares me the most is to feel is enclosed in a role that is not mine. I don't want to act according others' expectations. I think people are stuck into a moral code and try to fit in the mold at any cost.
I'm not saying I am an anti-conformist. Beyond my beliefs I also want to follow a classical life pattern with wedding and children, but I want to be the master of my own decisions and live a life without regrets.
What is your definition of a modern hero?
In today's world, I think the definition of hero has changed. There's no superman and superwoman anymore. We still dreaming about traditional superheroes, but they're just myths.
Modern heroes can be in all of us at one time or another during our life. Every action that tends to take care of the other, to make people happy, is a superhero action.
It's all about self-giving and even a small action can make the difference. My answer may sound cliché but that's true.
Being a modern hero is to ensure that life is worth being lived and help others to be aware of that too.
"Modern heroes can be in all of us at one time or another during our life. Every action that tends to take care of the other, to make people happy, is a superhero action."
Can you name some people who inspires you everyday? Your very own heroes.
My parents. They are a real source of inspiration as a couple. They never got married and they have non-baptized children. Today it seems pretty common, but at that time it wasn't the case. They claimed that they didn't need to fit in to be happy. They give me every day the will to follow my own path.
Roxane. The creator of this blog. Why? Because when I first met her, she had just arrived at Emakina (the digital agency where I work) as a junior designer. She was just a shy girl, lost in this new professional world. She was so sure to be not good enough.
Since then she grew. She experienced failures and success. She improved herself even more and became more confident. Throughout this development she always remained herself: a girl amazed by her passion and caring towards people around her.
Today after thousands of miles traveled, I'm sure she'll become a recognized designer with a limitless and inspiring imagination.
One more thing… Mask or Cape?
Mask forever! With a mask you can become whoever you want. You're not afraid to be the person that you actually are. You can be yourself with your flaws and qualities without any external pressure.
Some will say that the mask is used to hide yourself, according to me it's the opposite. It's about being bold, claim and accept a different side of yourself. And let's be honest, having a cape without the ability to fly kinda sucks! *laugh* 😎