No one ever awakes in the morning to think, “Today I will become a hero.” For the making of a hero is seldom premeditated, but by some whimsical stroke of the gods his (or her) path is intersected with that which will be either his triumph or his demise. His glory or his great shame. Unjustly there is nary a moment to think, and yet in this moment is revealed the naked truth of everything he is or ever will be, the essence of his very soul. His fate perches precariously on a knife’s edge, awaiting in that frozen sliver of time a decision that will ripple endlessly into the cosmos.
Today, I was asked to perform one of Foster Made’s most solemn rites, the introduction of our newest hire, Phil Barbato. While I never dreamed that I would be called upon to perform this sacred duty, I do not balk at this responsibility and will undertake the task with utmost steadfastness and resolve. For the world must know about Phil, and I must be the one to deliver — even if I die in the process. But do not mourn me should I perish in this journey. Death is but a small price to pay for the fulfillment of what I consider to be one of Foster Made’s greatest honors. And perhaps, one day, others shall look back upon my sacrifice and call me “hero."
On to the questions!
A: Great. I'm getting up to speed on internal systems and already digging into some work.
A: My senior year I was doing some really basic animation in an intersession course. Making animated GIFs in Photoshop. The grad-student who was teaching the course asked if I'd ever heard of Flash. I looked into it and immediately downloaded a trial and within a week convinced my dad to front me the money for a student license of Flash 5. With the tiny portfolio I was able to generate I found a job as a Flash animator and developer at a small government contractor in Northern VA. There I did video, sound design, Flash animation, and ActionScript development. From then on I moved slowly into front-end and CMS development and out of Flash development.
A: My wife and I ran a business for a few years selling plush monsters that I designed and made. I still paint on occasion. I also love to do any video work I can get my hands on, but I haven't done it professionally for quite a while.
A: Most of my free time is taken up by my two kids, but I also play in a band and tinker with our house and cars once in a while.
A: I'm looking forward to getting neck-deep in all of our tools and areas of expertise so I can help improve processes and client-relationships.
A: We have one 10-year-old dachshund mix name Ella. Her name is influenced by several things:
Thanks for taking the time! We all look forward to having you as part of the team!