In the Hot Seat with Roger Okamoto
Video editor and owner of Hothouse’s Official Office Dog
What is your role at Hothouse?
I’m a video editor at Hothouse, but I produce and shoot as well.
How long have you worked here?
I’ve been here for 8 months.
How would you describe your day job to a child?
I tell stories using images and sound.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
My dog Saki—she’s my alarm, since she needs to be walked and fed first thing in the AM. I bring her to work, and she makes my day better. She keeps me sane when I’m stressed, puts things in perspective for me and forces me to take little breaks.
What’s the coolest (or most important) trend you see in marketing/advertising/video today?
The technological advancements that have made it possible for anyone to make a video or film. All you need is a phone and laptop! It’s great that film/video production has been democratized, but that also means the difference between good and bad content has nothing to do with the equipment—it’s about the is the concept and execution.
What’s your favorite thing about working at Hothouse?
I really love the people here. Everyone is so nice, fun, smart and hardworking. It’s important to have a tranquil working environment. Like any artist or creative, I care very deeply about the work I’m doing, and it’s hard to focus in a setting that’s chaotic or full of drama. The people here are supportive, and will go to any lengths to help get the job done.
Who would play you in the movie of your life?
Bruce Lee. I relate to his philosophy of self-knowledge, and the idea that you have to know yourself completely in order to think clearly and see the world truthfully. I have a lot respect for him in terms of his physical skills and entertainment abilities, but he only has those assets because of his ability to adapt to the world around him while staying true to himself. “Be water my friend.”
What’s your favorite Atlanta fall activity?
Attending an outdoor event like a festival, or just taking a stroll at a park. To me, Atlanta is one of the most beautiful places on earth during the fall. The weather is perfect, and the leaves changing colors is just magical.
Where is the last place you traveled?
I went to Malaysia for about a week and a half this summer. I’m half Chinese and half Japanese, and my mother’s Chinese family lives there. I traveled with her to meet that part of my family for the first time and explore the country and culture. It felt like my life just became more complete.
What’s your super-secret super power?
I speak four languages, English being my first. I learned Japanese from family members who spoke it, and from living in Japan for four years. I majored in French in college, and lived in France for a year. I also know Spanish. I love that learning different languages allows me to access a whole different way of life through communication. And it’s really fun, too!