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A Day In the Life of a Go Media Employee

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By the time my phone tells me it’s 9:50am, I’m muttering obscenities into my glass as I take one last swig of OJ, say goodbye to my wrestling kittens, then fly out the door to my Subaru. Luckily I’m able to make it to the Go Media front in about 8 minutes flat — as long as that creepy white van doesn’t go 10 the entire shot down Madison.

Nowadays I’m rolling onto Franklin Boulevard around the same time Jeff and his bride-to-be are wandering up the sidewalk, bagged lunches in hand. Not far behind is Comella, windows down and tunes cranked — if I look close, I can usually catch a sparkling Sicilian smile as he cruises over to his parking spot. Without fail, I know that Heather, Katie, Romsey and the “Adams” are already inside, booting up their machines and replying to emails.

Bill doesn’t dwell on soaring gas prices like the rest of us — his commute is just a few stairs. As I walk up to the kitchen, I know he’s already started the coffee. The aroma of an Eight O’Clock French Roast wafts through the air, and guaranteed it’s made about 12 scoops stronger than anything you’ll get at Starbucks. Sometimes Tim and I wrestle over the last drop in the pot, but one of us eventually caves in and brews another batch.

As I trip downstairs and bumble over to my desk, I get a slicing look from Tekno, the lion-sized cat. He dutifully guards Bill’s seat, glaring at anyone who makes an attempt to steal the headphones from his desk (I try this every day). Calling his bluff, I pat his tangled mane as he pretends not to like it. By this time, Oliver has made his way through the front door, out of breath, his trusty yellow road bike in hand.

I boot up my Apple and begin the day with some emails and RSS feeds, trying frantically to catch up on the latest and greatest. Since I’m the only estrogen-fueled body downstairs, Monday morning conversations all sound to me like girl troubles and action flicks, but the fellas would surely deny it. It’s a boy’s world no doubt, but I can bring it with the best of them. Bill jokes that I’m the only one in the room with a girlfriend, but take note all you rockin’ eligible ladies — these guys are quality, and none-too-bad with a mouse!

Occasionally, super-project-manger Heather pops her head downstairs like a bird from a cuckoo clock to let Bill know he has a phone call. Lately, the chats have been about building estimates, solar panels, and security systems. His latest pet project is something we all take pride in — the new Go Media building. Not far down Lorain in Ohio City stands our design kingdom, in all it’s dusty glory, eagerly awaiting warm bodies, humming machines and a good washing. We’re all dreaming of the day when we have to yell down the length of a vast space to take Chipotle orders.

Although we’re a laid-back bunch, our casual attitudes are just a cover: once we’ve settled in for the day, we’re intensely on the move, crankin’ out T-shirt graphics, website templates, package designs, video tutorials, and the like. Behind the scenes, Romsey pounds out mad-code, Kim pumps out payroll, Heather whips us into shape, and Adam W. makes sure we’re kickin’ ass in the marketplace.

Around 2 o’clock, we’re all feeling the hunger pangs as we dive for Romsey’s famous stash of Lance-brand peanut butter crackers. Later he’ll suggest a run to “The King” — he’s known around the studio as the Burger King champion, and can go for days on nothing but the dollar menu. Most times for lunch the staff just gathers around kitchen island, like elephants at the water hole, munching on some PB & J or the fresh vat of salsa Bill made the night before (now with corn!).

Before we know it, 6 o’clock is punching us in the face and Bill clicks over to Rhapsody to play a few choice songs. This is usually the cue to pack up our crap and get the hell out of his space, but some of the more stubborn types linger to tie up loose ends and post some final proofs.

Yes, being a Go Media employee is a grueling existence — but we all manage somehow.

So, dish it out — what’s it like where you work?

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  • Shawn

    Well, it’s definitely not as fun as this sounds! ;P

    I roll out of bed in the morning about 6:00am – pissed off that I’m already hearing the alarm and smack it off. Jump in the shower and let it run down my face for several minutes, trying to get it to wake me up. Grab some Starbucks outta my coffee maker, maybe some breakfast, and get dressed. Then, it’s a few minutes down to road to the highway, which half the time is backed up at an almost standstill for a few miles. Ugh! Exit the highway and then a few more miles until I reach my work. Stumble inside and fire up the Mac while I prepare for the day. After that, it’s a toss-up – will it be a nice, calm day where I get loads done, or will the company owner be a drama queen and yell about everything – could go either way, but I obviously prefer the former!
    Sometimes the work flow is hectic – luckily, it’s fairly steady and slow right now, so things aren’t too crazy.
    Bust out some t-shirt designs (mostly), some promotional item imprints, some brochures and other printed pieces, the occasional embroidery logo, etc.
    I gotta say the best part is this shiny 24″ iMac! At least I have a Mac and not stuck with a PC like my art director… ;)

  • Shawn

    By the way – gimme a job…I promise I’m awesome to have around! lol ;)

  • http://iamunr.com unr

    It’s pretty bland here,

    Daily commute via bus, arrive at about ten. Usually, locked out and have to wait for someone with a key to show up and let me in, and lately, it’s been raining every day.

    Get inside, it’s just a few guys, where we sit and dawdle with each of our projects, every now and then shooting a nerdy IM back and forth to chat about something, when we’re clearly four feet away from eachother.

    The odd day, I’ll share my desk with someone who doesn’t speak my language, while I try and describe to them what needs to be done.

    It’s easy, and definitely worth it,
    Since I’m only 18, and haven’t even started my final career yet.

  • http://iamunr.com unr

    It’s pretty bland here,

    Daily commute via bus, arrive at about ten. Usually, locked out and have to wait for someone with a key to show up and let me in, and lately, it’s been raining every day.

    Get inside, it’s just a few guys, where we sit and dawdle with each of our projects, every now and then shooting a nerdy IM back and forth to chat about something, when we’re clearly four feet away from eachother.

    The odd day, I’ll share my desk with someone who doesn’t speak my language, while I try and describe to them what needs to be done.

    It’s easy, and definitely worth it,
    Since I’m only 18, and haven’t even started my final career yet.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Kim

    Liz this post was hilarious! A very accurate representation of the usual day here at Go Media. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Kim

    Liz this post was hilarious! A very accurate representation of the usual day here at Go Media. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • Lyn

    My alarm goes off at 7 am, but I snooze it till 8 or 8:30 if I’m lazy. I have to be in no later than 9:20, so I strive for that and pray that I don’t get stuck behind a garbage truck on my commute (especially if I am running late).
    I clock in, and then I go toast a poptart and get a cup of Hawaiian blend coffee. Then it is time to put on my headphones and start crankin out ads, laying out editorial and talking to my friend who works at a paper in the next state over (just an hours drive though) via iChat.
    Through out the day we all tell funny stories and share our lives with one another.
    Lunch time usually means I eat whatever I brought at my computer while I check up on my web comics.
    The afternoon drags buy unless it is the end of the week and we are putting our weekly paper to bed, then it is usually busy. However come 5:30 me and my friends here start lamenting at how hungry we are getting and if we aren’t swamped with work we are out the door.

  • Lyn

    My alarm goes off at 7 am, but I snooze it till 8 or 8:30 if I’m lazy. I have to be in no later than 9:20, so I strive for that and pray that I don’t get stuck behind a garbage truck on my commute (especially if I am running late).
    I clock in, and then I go toast a poptart and get a cup of Hawaiian blend coffee. Then it is time to put on my headphones and start crankin out ads, laying out editorial and talking to my friend who works at a paper in the next state over (just an hours drive though) via iChat.
    Through out the day we all tell funny stories and share our lives with one another.
    Lunch time usually means I eat whatever I brought at my computer while I check up on my web comics.
    The afternoon drags buy unless it is the end of the week and we are putting our weekly paper to bed, then it is usually busy. However come 5:30 me and my friends here start lamenting at how hungry we are getting and if we aren’t swamped with work we are out the door.

  • Shawn

    Well, it’s definitely not as fun as this sounds! ;P

    I roll out of bed in the morning about 6:00am – pissed off that I’m already hearing the alarm and smack it off. Jump in the shower and let it run down my face for several minutes, trying to get it to wake me up. Grab some Starbucks outta my coffee maker, maybe some breakfast, and get dressed. Then, it’s a few minutes down to road to the highway, which half the time is backed up at an almost standstill for a few miles. Ugh! Exit the highway and then a few more miles until I reach my work. Stumble inside and fire up the Mac while I prepare for the day. After that, it’s a toss-up – will it be a nice, calm day where I get loads done, or will the company owner be a drama queen and yell about everything – could go either way, but I obviously prefer the former!
    Sometimes the work flow is hectic – luckily, it’s fairly steady and slow right now, so things aren’t too crazy.
    Bust out some t-shirt designs (mostly), some promotional item imprints, some brochures and other printed pieces, the occasional embroidery logo, etc.
    I gotta say the best part is this shiny 24″ iMac! At least I have a Mac and not stuck with a PC like my art director… ;)

    • Kurt Foster

      Macs are cool

  • Shawn

    By the way – gimme a job…I promise I’m awesome to have around! lol ;)

  • http://www.roweena.co.uk roweena

    Rather jealous that you have an office cat, be great to have a source of entertainment and another creature to talk to when everyone else has their head stuck in code!

  • http://www.roweena.co.uk roweena

    Rather jealous that you have an office cat, be great to have a source of entertainment and another creature to talk to when everyone else has their head stuck in code!

  • kate

    very eloquent Liz! your simile’s couldn’t have been more spot on :). Perhaps one of us “upstairs people” needs to write one as well.

  • kate

    very eloquent Liz! your simile’s couldn’t have been more spot on :). Perhaps one of us “upstairs people” needs to write one as well.

  • MarcusFromPhilly

    videoblog please!!! seems interesting over there in GOMedia land…set up a lense and provide us craving GoMedia heads a visual of the weird, crazy, inspiring, and exciting occurance that go down on the daily. These entries are going to run their coarse…Visual please!!!! [crying]

  • MarcusFromPhilly

    videoblog please!!! seems interesting over there in GOMedia land…set up a lense and provide us craving GoMedia heads a visual of the weird, crazy, inspiring, and exciting occurance that go down on the daily. These entries are going to run their coarse…Visual please!!!! [crying]

  • http://www.gomedia.us Liz Hunt

    Some of you have some pretty thrilling days, let me tell you! Thanks for sharing, and keep ‘em coming!

    @MarcusFromPhilly — Don’t you worry, we’ll entice you with images from our new base of operations once we’ve fully moved in. Right now, a video blog would just look like a bunch of mangy people fighting for elbow room.

  • LizHunt

    Some of you have some pretty thrilling days, let me tell you! Thanks for sharing, and keep ‘em coming!

    @MarcusFromPhilly — Don’t you worry, we’ll entice you with images from our new base of operations once we’ve fully moved in. Right now, a video blog would just look like a bunch of mangy people fighting for elbow room.

  • Christine

    My beautiful day starts at 7 am when the alarm goes off, though I snooze till about 7.30 that I realise I really should get up or else I’ll be late and stuck in traffic. I’m in the kitchen by about 8 to have a bit of breakkie of toast and a chocolate drink. I’m out of the house by 8:15 and most likely stuck in traffic, by now my mood isn’t great beccause of all the idiotic drivers out there. I live less than 10mins away from work, but it takes me over half an hour to get there. I hate peak hour and the only public transport available are buses, and they get stuck in traffic as well. When I finally I get to work it 8.50 for a 9am start, my bag get dumped in the cupboard, lunch is taken to the fridge and while I’m in the kitchen I grab myself a cup of tea. Everyone else is already there, so I check the emails on one computer, while my own starts up slowly, I did ask my boss for an Apple, but it’s still mainly a PC world in Aus. We have a quick production meeting, to see what jobs need to get out, what plates are needed, what proofs need to be sent out. And we finally get started. My mood is better by now, i have had my tea and I’ve probably already had my first dose of chocolate. Jobs are done, phones are answered, emailes replied to, customers are served and lunch is eaten, more jobs are done, proofs are done and plates are made, more tea, more snackage and hopefully by now it’s home time and once again stuck in the afternoon traffic.

    oh yeah I’m a graphic designer in printing company, so I gets my hands on everything, but not as creative as I would like it to be, but hey experience is experience and I’ll stick it out for now.

  • Christine

    My beautiful day starts at 7 am when the alarm goes off, though I snooze till about 7.30 that I realise I really should get up or else I’ll be late and stuck in traffic. I’m in the kitchen by about 8 to have a bit of breakkie of toast and a chocolate drink. I’m out of the house by 8:15 and most likely stuck in traffic, by now my mood isn’t great beccause of all the idiotic drivers out there. I live less than 10mins away from work, but it takes me over half an hour to get there. I hate peak hour and the only public transport available are buses, and they get stuck in traffic as well. When I finally I get to work it 8.50 for a 9am start, my bag get dumped in the cupboard, lunch is taken to the fridge and while I’m in the kitchen I grab myself a cup of tea. Everyone else is already there, so I check the emails on one computer, while my own starts up slowly, I did ask my boss for an Apple, but it’s still mainly a PC world in Aus. We have a quick production meeting, to see what jobs need to get out, what plates are needed, what proofs need to be sent out. And we finally get started. My mood is better by now, i have had my tea and I’ve probably already had my first dose of chocolate. Jobs are done, phones are answered, emailes replied to, customers are served and lunch is eaten, more jobs are done, proofs are done and plates are made, more tea, more snackage and hopefully by now it’s home time and once again stuck in the afternoon traffic.

    oh yeah I’m a graphic designer in printing company, so I gets my hands on everything, but not as creative as I would like it to be, but hey experience is experience and I’ll stick it out for now.

  • Daveyboy

    my job sucks, can I have yours?

  • Daveyboy

    my job sucks, can I have yours?

  • Daquan

    Well, my job isn’t the best thing since sliced bread but it gets the job done in a manner of speaking. I work in a warehouse…let’s just leave it at that. But it’s not all bad, I do get to work on people skills and communication skills, but there is the occasional disrespect and stuff due to the job hiring just about anyone. Certainly not my ideal cup of tea but it’s not like I have a choice either. Maybe in the future I’ll get something better. I do appreciate what I have and for right now, I’ll enjoy my freelance designing and j-pop music collection.

  • Daquan

    Well, my job isn’t the best thing since sliced bread but it gets the job done in a manner of speaking. I work in a warehouse…let’s just leave it at that. But it’s not all bad, I do get to work on people skills and communication skills, but there is the occasional disrespect and stuff due to the job hiring just about anyone. Certainly not my ideal cup of tea but it’s not like I have a choice either. Maybe in the future I’ll get something better. I do appreciate what I have and for right now, I’ll enjoy my freelance designing and j-pop music collection.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Liz Hunt

    @Daquan — Thanks for your comment! When you think about it, mostly all we do here at Go Media is “push a mouse around” (as Bill would call it). This isn’t to say there’s no value in what we do, but it puts things in perspective to reflect on just how wonderful we have it. We’re very fortunate, indeed.

    Here’s to everyone who gets the job done and done right, even if it isn’t their dream to do so. You are our heroes!

  • LizHunt

    @Daquan — Thanks for your comment! When you think about it, mostly all we do here at Go Media is “push a mouse around” (as Bill would call it). This isn’t to say there’s no value in what we do, but it puts things in perspective to reflect on just how wonderful we have it. We’re very fortunate, indeed.

    Here’s to everyone who gets the job done and done right, even if it isn’t their dream to do so. You are our heroes!

  • MediaMisfit

    In the office by 9:00 slugging around through e-mails until a 10:00 huddle meeting where my boss freaks out about revenue and puts everyone on the defensive. By lunch time at 12:00 I’ll probably have made some sales calls, proof read a press release or designed a upcoming piece of collateral. I’ll trek outside for lunch and sweat a little so that my mind doesn’t go numb kand then come bac inside to finish up the bigger issues of the day. By 5:00 I’m researching the days newsletters and praying that I’ll have enough gust to skip my local ultimate frisbee game in order to stay home and revamp my portfolio site in a hope of grappling on to a better professional existence that will allow me to make a not so dramatic exit that would be very unlike swinging from a collapsing building followed by a massive explosion.

  • MediaMisfit

    In the office by 9:00 slugging around through e-mails until a 10:00 huddle meeting where my boss freaks out about revenue and puts everyone on the defensive. By lunch time at 12:00 I’ll probably have made some sales calls, proof read a press release or designed a upcoming piece of collateral. I’ll trek outside for lunch and sweat a little so that my mind doesn’t go numb kand then come bac inside to finish up the bigger issues of the day. By 5:00 I’m researching the days newsletters and praying that I’ll have enough gust to skip my local ultimate frisbee game in order to stay home and revamp my portfolio site in a hope of grappling on to a better professional existence that will allow me to make a not so dramatic exit that would be very unlike swinging from a collapsing building followed by a massive explosion.

  • http://www.classicwfl.com WFL

    Usually up by 8, checking news and responding to fan mail for my music. Quick chat with the mom via Google Talk (she does tech support in a town about 2.5 hours away from me), then I walk down to the office (I’m a 5 minute walk to the local newspaper, my place of employment) at 8:55 AM. I walk in the door, deal with every single person accosting me about problems with today’s paper, late ads they want to get into tomorrow’s, and when I’ll be getting the layout done for such-and-such special publication.

    After I threaten them with violence and check my e-mail, I actually get to start cleaning up the messes that are left for me. Usually a number of late ads, or wondering why *one of our richer advertisers* ads printed so horribly. I usually have to say something along the lines of, “Well, they wanted that circus of dark colors sprayed onto toilet paper, so that’s what we did”. Note that I don’t say those exact words to the customer, of course..

    I hop on our forums to be a heavy-handed Nazi/Republican dictator (doesn’t matter how many times I profess I’m Libertarian), deal with any crapping on the carpet there, and move on to some actual productive work for our upcoming pubs and paper. This can consist of cover designs, advertising design, typographical themes, or layout. I’ll also intermingle some web work when I can, and catch up with my fellow artists on how their kids are doing (I’m one of the few employees without a kid, and the 2nd youngest day employee at the paper).

    Day moves on, I do the classifieds layout, print proofs of tomorrow’s pages and whatever else is printing that night, and so forth. Sometimes I finish at 6 PM, sometimes I don’t finish until 1 AM (much like one Thanksgiving I encountered.. Needless to say, I canceled my thanksgiving plans). I usually chat with the press crew for a bit about how the paper printed, how the sales reps whined, and then warn them about what ads are going to be a real pain to get aligned and color-matched.

    After I’m done at THAT office, usually I run home, grab my laptop, and head down to the local (as in NOT Starbucks) coffee shop to do my independent design work, composing (as in music), quick photo proofing, web coding, whatever. If I’ve learned one thing, its that if you can avoid doing the bulk of your self-employed work at home, you will be much better for it.

    Sometimes I’ll grab my camera after work and meet up with a model for a new piece/photo shoot, grab my guitar and play the role of the busker outside and talk up my new blues album coming in the next year, record some vocals for the industrial album coming up, sit at my desktop and do some design work in Illustrator, or meet up with a local who seeks advise on where to go with their web front.

    I keep busy.

  • http://www.classicwfl.com WFL

    Usually up by 8, checking news and responding to fan mail for my music. Quick chat with the mom via Google Talk (she does tech support in a town about 2.5 hours away from me), then I walk down to the office (I’m a 5 minute walk to the local newspaper, my place of employment) at 8:55 AM. I walk in the door, deal with every single person accosting me about problems with today’s paper, late ads they want to get into tomorrow’s, and when I’ll be getting the layout done for such-and-such special publication.

    After I threaten them with violence and check my e-mail, I actually get to start cleaning up the messes that are left for me. Usually a number of late ads, or wondering why *one of our richer advertisers* ads printed so horribly. I usually have to say something along the lines of, “Well, they wanted that circus of dark colors sprayed onto toilet paper, so that’s what we did”. Note that I don’t say those exact words to the customer, of course..

    I hop on our forums to be a heavy-handed Nazi/Republican dictator (doesn’t matter how many times I profess I’m Libertarian), deal with any crapping on the carpet there, and move on to some actual productive work for our upcoming pubs and paper. This can consist of cover designs, advertising design, typographical themes, or layout. I’ll also intermingle some web work when I can, and catch up with my fellow artists on how their kids are doing (I’m one of the few employees without a kid, and the 2nd youngest day employee at the paper).

    Day moves on, I do the classifieds layout, print proofs of tomorrow’s pages and whatever else is printing that night, and so forth. Sometimes I finish at 6 PM, sometimes I don’t finish until 1 AM (much like one Thanksgiving I encountered.. Needless to say, I canceled my thanksgiving plans). I usually chat with the press crew for a bit about how the paper printed, how the sales reps whined, and then warn them about what ads are going to be a real pain to get aligned and color-matched.

    After I’m done at THAT office, usually I run home, grab my laptop, and head down to the local (as in NOT Starbucks) coffee shop to do my independent design work, composing (as in music), quick photo proofing, web coding, whatever. If I’ve learned one thing, its that if you can avoid doing the bulk of your self-employed work at home, you will be much better for it.

    Sometimes I’ll grab my camera after work and meet up with a model for a new piece/photo shoot, grab my guitar and play the role of the busker outside and talk up my new blues album coming in the next year, record some vocals for the industrial album coming up, sit at my desktop and do some design work in Illustrator, or meet up with a local who seeks advise on where to go with their web front.

    I keep busy.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Liz

    @WFL — Can you spare a small percentage of your energy, please?

  • LizHunt

    @WFL — Can you spare a small percentage of your energy, please?

  • Ryan

    interesting posts

  • Ryan

    interesting posts

  • Dan

    yeah right, Mac's are no better than a PC. PC's rock…

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