Q&A with Jacqui Holiday

Get to know one of Sparq’s fall interns, Jacqui Holiday! 

Q: Where do you attend school and what are you studying there?
A:I am attending Westminster College. I primarily study Media Art & Design and always include marketing & social media classes in my schedule as well.

Q: What’s your dream job?
A: My dream job would be creating trailers for movies. I love going to the movie theatre… just to watch the trailers! If Hollywood doesn’t pick me up then I would love to be a travel blogger/photographer. Getting paid to not only travel but share my experiences in those places would be awesome.

Q: At which store would you like to max-out your credit card?
A: I could definitely max-out my credit card at REI, especially when they have their “garage sales”. I’d head straight for Patagonia, North Face, then the wool socks. In that order.

Jacqui Holiday

Fall Intern Jacqui Holiday

Q: Which storybook/cartoon character do you relate to?
A: That’s a tough one- I’m not sure who I relate to the most, but my all-time favorite character is Sodapop from The Outsiders. “He has a finely drawn, sensitive face that somehow manages to be reckless and thoughtful at the same time. His eyes are dark brown— lively, dancing, recklessly laughing eyes that can be gentle and sympathetic one moment and blazing with anger the next. He has Dad’s eyes, but Soda is one of a kind. He can get drunk in a drag race or dancing without ever getting near alcohol. In our neighborhood it’s rare to find a kid who doesn’t drink once in a while. But Soda never touches a drop— he doesn’t need to. He gets drunk on just plain living. And he understands everybody.”

Q: What’s your favorite part of the digital marketing industry?
A: I love the fast-paced creative atmosphere. The different projects are so diverse so there’s never a dull moment. I like how the industry has a foundation of idea generation, and from there you can run with those ideas and execute them with any visual tool so there’s never a straight line you have to walk on. Living and working “out of the box” is a dream come true.

Q: What was your favorite TV show when growing up?
A: It’s a toss-up between Full House and That 70’s Show. I definitely spent way too much time watching those after school instead of doing my homework.

Q: Do you have any strange phobias/fears?
A: I don’t think I have any “strange” fears but I am deathly afraid of heights. Last summer I went to the top of the Eiffel Tower AND looked down, so I’ve put in my time. No more heights.

Q: What is the best thing you’ve crossed off your bucket list?
A: Last summer I spent a month in Europe. I traveled through seven different countries! I did, however, definitely catch the travel bug while I was there so my bucket list has just about doubled since then. I can’t wait to go back for more European adventures.

Q: NSYNC or Backstreet Boys?
A: NSYNC- I still have their Christmas album in my Itunes!

Q: How do you take your coffee?
A: I’ve actually come a long way with my coffee. I used to have to use an absurd amount of creamer, and just the other day I had my first cup of straight black. However my ideal cup of coffee would be Seattle’s Best with a splash of Hazelnut creamer.

Q: What is your favorite part of interning at Sparq?
A: Interning at Sparq has kicked off the first chapter of my life where I actually look forward to Monday mornings. It’s hard to pick just one favorite thing, but it’s a wonderful feeling to be in a place where your passion can truly come out. I love creativity and the impact it has on the world, and it’s awesome to be in an environment where everyone’s talents, ideas and creative vibes can thrive.

At Sparq Designs we thrive on our ability to create and foster relationships; relationships between brands and consumers, and the relationships between our clients and ourselves. Internships are one of the most valuable experiences a student can gain during their undergraduate studies. While classroom work is important, real experience can help get your foot in the door when you enter the workforce. Learn about internship opportunities at Sparq Designs here.

Behind the Design – Dan Montgomery

Meet new hire, Dan Montgomery!

Dan graduated from Penn State and he enthusiastically joined our Sparq team as video production manager. Matched with his unique and fun personality, he brings video expertise to the team. With a creative video style and a knowledge of quality production products, he has already provided Sparq with a new edge to the business. Get to know Dan.

Video Production Manager, Dan Montgomery

Q: Give us some insight into your morning routine!
A: Where to begin… I start off the day at 7:55, which just so happens to be exactly 10 mins before Ii have to leave! In that quick 10 minutes before I leave for my awesome job, I have just enough time to brew me some morning blend and toss some pants on!

Q: Three apps that help with your work…ready go!
A: Don’t even have to think on this one! Number one go to has to be Reddit! Yes, I’m a redditor, big shocker. r/Filmmakers has really helped me shape into the filmmaker and editor I am today! Secondly, Spotify. Being a musician now for urrrr 16 years now –  you could say that I bleed the entertainment industry. For the last one, I’m going to stick with good ole youtube. One of the best sources for inspiration these days IMHO.

Q: What music do you listen to while you’re working?
A: Definitely the most difficult question on this list, that’s for sure. Let’s see, lately my main jam has been Chill Out Electro Indie and Jazzy Hip-Hop! Really gets the creative juices flowing!

Q: What’s your dream job (besides working at Sparq =])
A: Another hard question! One side of me wants to say professional jazz musician (which I’ve already lived the professional musician lifestyle) and another side of me wants to say being a big blockbuster director! My love for film and music go hand in hand together which makes this a hard toss up! But right now I would lean more towards being a director!

Q: If you could sit down and have an hour-long conversation with any person alive or deceased who would it be?
A: Maynard Ferguson. Who’s that you ask? Well, he’s known to be one of the greatest jazz trumpet players to have ever lived. I’d love to get a chance to sit down and discuss how he created the amazing arrangements and his overall love of music and performance with him!

Q:Who is your idol in the business world? Why?
A: In the current market I think Mark Zuckerberg is a fantastic example of who to look up to. He took an idea, dropped out of school and ran with it. To go to a net worth of over 56 billion in the small time frame that he did with the simple idea he had is truly remarkable.

The individuals at Sparq Designs believe in quality and are huge advocates of setting ourselves apart from the competition. We do not believe in a cookie-cutter approach because we feel it’s more important to stand out in a crowd and we want our clients to do the same. We get excited about turning a concept into a design, developing a web presence, writing and optimizing content, and creating a buzz around a brand. Meet more of the team here.