Starter for 10 with Sam Carter
We are pleased to welcome Sam Carter, in the role of Creative Executive. Sam is a measured and methodical thinker, with a quick wit, making him an excellent addition to the G&I team.
We asked Sam 10 interview questions, to get to know him a little better – here is what he said:
1. Sam Carter of Sidcup, under what circumstances did we meet?
Applications and interviews can become fairly tiresome, so what better way to first meet than by going for a coffee and a chat. Shooting the breeze about work and life was a refreshing experience.
2. In one sentence please explain: What are you like?
Creative and caring, with a sarcastic, dry humour.
3. In two sentences please explain: Why are you like this?
Family and friends are everything to me, but part of British banter is winding each other up. They’d probably say it would be nice if I wasn’t so sarcastic some of the time, but I think that attitude started amongst my closest friends at school and has never really stopped.
4. In 5 words, what is the definition of a G&I team member?
Motivated, Imaginative, Dependable, Conscientious and Fun.
5. We hear you trained as a civil engineer, how did you become a graphic designer?
Through choice. When I left Sixth Form, engineering was what I thought I wanted to do – maths, physics and design, what’s not to love..? After earning a Masters and working in engineering for 7 years, I realised that the ‘design’ aspect was the only thing that I truly did enjoy. So I took to studying again (whilst still working as an engineering project manager), this time achieving a Bachelor’s in Creative Digital Media. I then started on my journey as a graphic designer, initially working for family, then friends and then paying clients – there’s nothing better than designing from your own imagination and making people smile with what you’ve created for them.
6. Why did you choose to work at G&I?
Being small means G&I is a family and one in which I am able to play a large role. Working closely with our clients means I’m involved with every detail and I can ensure nothing goes out of the door that I’m not happy with.
7. What makes a killer breakfast smoothie?
I’m still a bit of a smoothie novice, but curly kale tends to feature as it makes me feel like I’m being healthy. But of course, the combination of banana and peanut butter tends to make any smoothie taste amazing.
8. We’ve noticed that you enjoy a sing song in the office, what’s your all time favourite tune?
Do I? I guess I should probably learn to be a bit quieter, particularly as some songs I know the lyrics to make my musical taste somewhat questionable… Favourite song is way too tough to say, but I loved Muse in their earlier and darker days with Muscle Museum being a strong contender and in contrast Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer always reminds me of good times.
9. What is your poison?
Both craft beers and real ales are my first choice. Seeing what a pub has on tap tells you a lot about who they are and whether I’m likely to stay for another.
10. Do you have anything to add?
I’m a big AFOL! And that’s not an insult said with a lisp. It stands for ‘Adult Fan of Lego.’ I have plenty of sets, including a 2ft long ship from the Lego Movie, but mini-figures are where my Lego passion lies – I have far too many really. Sure… my family and fiancée think I’m a little weird, but what’s wrong with being a big kid at heart..? 🙂