What’s your position at Anthro, and how long have you worked here?
I’m Anthro’s Senior Creative Designer and have worked here for 6 ½ years. My first day on the job was actually my birthday, but I thought it would be awkward to bring that fact up on my first day, so I didn’t tell anybody. Didn’t want to start off being the weird guy who goes around telling complete strangers that it’s his birthday.
What's your favorite thing about Anthro Corporation?
We have some of the best down-to-earth people here who accept you with open arms. I can talk with the founders about what my kids are up to or with the engineers about their latest patents, or with anyone in the plant about our manufacturing processes and feel that they’re all more than happy to give me their attention.
Tell us something that happened while working at Anthro that you haven't forgotten.
At a company meeting a few years ago, we had a sing-off contest where Cathy would award Blazer tickets to whoever got the biggest applause for standing in front of the group and singing “Jingle Bells”. There were 3 contestants. First was Sandra from HR who has a great singing voice and got everyone clapping along. But next came Earnie, who was our Web Developer and normally a very strait-laced guy. He decided to spice up his version with an interpretative dance. It was completely out of character and extremely bizarre and I laughed my head off. The third contestant was Joe from Engineering who just backed away saying, “I’m not even going to try and beat that.” Hope Earnie enjoyed the game because he certainly earned the tickets.
What's one thing most people don't know about you?
That I’m reserved and introverted. Most Anthro folks know me as the guy who emcees the monthly company meetings and gets up in front of folks and isn’t afraid to do goofy stuff every now and then, but I was really shy as a kid. It wasn’t until high school that I started observing extroverts I admired and copying some of their habits. The one that stuck out to me the most was that they seemed to know everyone. So I spent time studying the yearbook and memorizing everyone’s name and associating it with their picture – a really introverted way of handling that. Eventually I could walk down any hall and say hi to everyone by name. I did the same thing in college and again here at Anthro. I guess it just helps me be more prepared for social situations. But I still like my focused, quiet time – my favorite read from last year was appropriately “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain.
On a scale from 1 (it was torture) to 10 (it was great), how would you rate your experience as an Anthro model?
9 – I’ve had plenty of experience behind the camera, so I know some of the techniques I’ve used on others to get them to stay loose and look natural. But there’s still that little bit of anxiety in front of the camera when you’re wondering, “do I have something in my teeth?” But nobody here is a professional model, so we try and keep it loose and enjoyable for everyone involved. And hopefully that comes across in our photos.
Check back next month for another Q&A with one of our employees. In the meantime, meet Brent Knight!