What do you do at 2930 Creative? I specialize in writing, but I’ll also be offering my creative input on most of our projects, as well as working directly with clients. When I’m not writing or helping with the creative process, I’ll be brainstorming the next big idea and helping Chris and Carly with day to day management of our business.
What is your favorite word? My favorite word has to be Einhörnchen, which was one of the first words I learned in German. My high school teacher said if you could pronounce that, you could pronounce anything in German. I’m not sure if I’ve ever used it in a sentence, but whenever I want a smile, I just think about that ridiculous abomination of phonetics.
What does Creativity mean to you? Creativity is everything to me, whether it’s writing, making music, cooking a meal, entertaining our cat—you name it. When I wake up in the morning, it might seem like I do the same routine as everyone else, but in my head, I have a million different ideas and that allows me to approach every day differently and with a fresh perspective. My goal each and every day is to accomplish one creative task that I’m proud of, and usually I fall asleep with more ideas popping in my head.
When you are not working, what do you like to do? I’m a huge video game nerd, and my recent favorites are Starcraft II and basically any indie game. I write a lot in my spare time, but I don’t see writing as work. I’m hoping to get some fiction published on the side—maybe we’ll open up 2930 Publishing? I also love music, both listening to and performing, and I played the trumpet and guitar for most of my high school years. Beyond everything, though, I love spending time with my wife Rachel, our cat, Rory, and our friends and family.
Tell us more about your experience. I don’t remember a time I wasn’t writing. In elementary school, I wrote short stories (which were horrible) and that continued through college (the stories got better), where I majored in English with a creative writing specialization. I also helped restart the SMU Literary Festival, which was my first real foray into managing a huge project. After I graduated, I started working at Standing Dog Interactive in Dallas, where I expanded my writing skills to include virtually anything you see online. Standing Dog was a great start to my career, and I won a number of awards with them in web design competitions. I’m eager to continue my career at 2930 Creative and bring my enthusiasm, creativity and ideas to our clients.
What is your Twitter handle? What do you like to tweet about? You can find me at @joshmduke. Most of the time I’m talking about the latest video game, movie, book, or meal I’m enjoying. Sometimes, though, I livetweet my visits to the oncologist. I’m entering my fourth year of remission and have been extremely fortunate concerning my results, but I know that there are others out there who aren’t as lucky. I’m not entirely sure if my account reaches anyone, but I hope that someone has seen it, known that they’re not alone through their whole experience, and maybe raised some awareness. I’m not going to pretend I’m some cancer crusader, and I don’t want cancer to define who I am, but it’s a topic that’s passionate to me and my family. And because I don’t want to end this interview on such a heavy note, sometimes I also tweet about pizza, because the world could always use another slice of cheesy goodness.
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