Sarah Marie Jackson
PODCASTS PRODUCER AT SPEC
I could write an entire novel talking about Sarah and how she inspires me in so many ways.
I remember the first time I met her at a design meetup. I was impressed and, I have to admit, a little bit intimidated. She was glowing with self-confidence and kindness. I guess you can call her charismatic. But she talked to me and we had a casual chat about design, brunch and board games.
The more I got to know her, the more I discovered her potential. She's doing an amazing job at Spec and I'm honored to share this interview with you guys.
Keep an eye on this girl. She lays in the shadows, behind the scene, but she is a true creative hero working hard to make awesome stuff and inspire tons of people on a daily basis.
First, let me tell you that you’re doing an awesome work with Spec. I’m curious, can you describe a typical day for you as a producer?
Oh Geez….that's tough because my days change all the time. I like to ease into my day. Before anything happens I walk my dog and make coffee.
My mornings involve checking twitter, tweeting our latest shows, relevant news, etc. Then, I'll typically migrate into our slack channel and attempt to answer questions, mostly internally but every once in a while I'll have a little tidbit to contribute to the group.
From there, I'll usually move into emails, I'll talk to sponsors, make sure we're on track with the next few shows and bother our accountants. On a good day, I'll have another lead who I can reach out to for sponsorships or a job board listing. One of my favorite things is negotiating with sponsors. I love when sponsors ask for more, it gives me a chance to explore new opportunities.
I save the best for last….editing. I like to end my day just zoning out, listening to the upcoming episodes and making them sound as fluid and awesome as I can.
That's about it.….
Side-Note: I know I love my job. It's challenging, frustrating and wonderful.
"I know I love my job. It's challenging, frustrating and wonderful."
Would you say you’re doing your dream job on a daily basis?
It's got its pros and cons. I love my team and I love the fundamentals, but it can get tough being my own boss and keeping myself on task. But when I'm struggling to decide prioritize, I'll rubber duck with my dog. Hahaha weirdly her blank adoring stare and casual tail wags help me plot out my day. Is that weird? Probably. Oh, well.
Do you have another super secret passion?
It's not really secret, but I love baking when I get the chance. I recently got into baking fresh bread and I'm really excited to dig into baking breads using a starter!!
You recently travelled to London for the net awards 2015. How was this experience?
I did! It was a trip of firsts for me. My first time traveling alone, my first trip to London, and my first award ceremony. Spec was up for the podcast of the year award. We didn't win, but I met a bunch of amazing people. Which was totally worth the trip.
P.S. If you're going to London, you need to walk across the Millennium Bridge and find your favorite piece of gum art courtesy of pedestrians spitting their gum on the bridge.
Who was your favorite superhero/villain growing up? Why?
Doreen Green a.k.a. Squirrel Girl. She's strong. Smart. Hilarious. Humble. Quirky, and has yet to lose a fight.
Plus she's got that wicked utility belt complete with DeadPool's guide to Super villains.
You know that Batman has his Batcave and Superman his Fortress of Solitude. What's your favorite place/environment to do what you love?
I love working in bed. I get the most done just laying in bed with some Netflix streaming aimlessly in the background.
I've been really into letting Scrubs go wild because there are so many seasons, and it's so funny. I can look up from work for a couple of minutes and I'm guaranteed a quick chuckle before I get back into the weeds of whatever I'm doing.
Do you have a favorite object, like a lucky charm or something that really matters to you?
I'm not too tied to physical things, but people, yes. So, this is going to sound really bleh and gross but my husband is my lucky charm and matters the most to me.
Seriously, we had a company for a blip in time that was tearing our relationship apart, so we decided to shut down the company to save our marriage.
That takes guts, and makes you realize what's really important in life.
What superpower do you wish you had and why?
I wish I could talk to animals. Then I would know if my dog actually likes me or if she's sticking around merely because I feed her.
That and bears. I don't think I would last very long if I came face-to-face with a bear, but if I could talk to them maybe I could get out of being eaten….maybe.
What is your personal Kryptonite?
Peanut Butter. I love it, but my stomach doesn't always feel the same way.
Who would you choose as a sidekick to fulfill your passion for design in the real life. Why?
I lucked out with this one. My husband is totally my sidekick. He's got my back, and he's the first person I go to if I need help with a problem I'm trying to solve. He's aces. Always has been. Probably always will be.
What is your definition of a modern hero?
A modern hero is someone who inspires you to be a better human being. The world is full of negativity, and it sucks. If you can find someone who encourages you to be better as a person, and rub off some positivity that you're inspired to pay forward, that person deserves a medal. At the very least a hug.
Can you name 3 persons who inspires you everyday? Your very own heroes.
My very own heroes…hmmm I'm really inspired by a lot of ladies these days, because of Design Details, but my heroes change every week, because we've constantly got new guests on, so my LATEST heroes who inspire me are:
1. Alice Lee, because she does some killer illustration work and knows her truth. Be sure to congratulate her by the way. She took home the “Young Designer of the Year” Award at the Net Awards.
2. Steph Monette, because she's hilarious, smart and not afraid to say it like it is. I worked with her at Mule and everyday she proved herself and took her seat at the table. If you haven't heard of her yet, you will because this lady is going places.
3. Elle Luna, mainly because of a thing she said during her interview, “I reserve the right to learn and change my opinion as I learn and grow.” Elle is young, but she's wise and knows she's still growing. She's going to do some really great things. Keep your eye on her.
All of these ladies have one thing in common. They are really great at being humans and even more, unapologetic about being themselves.
One more thing…Mask or Cape?
I take Edna's side on this one. Mask. No Capes! They only cause problems.