In the Hot Seat with Ted Harbourt
He just loves good onomatopoeia.
What is your role at Hothouse?
I’m the Associate Art Director, but my more informal job title is Sort of a Cool Person.
How long have you worked here?
I’ve been here for two years, which was long enough for me to stir up trouble.
What’s your most notable career accomplishment?
I’ve found a job I enjoy enough that I’d do it for free, but don’t tell anyone that.
What do you think is most important for someone to be successful in this industry?
You’ve got be flexible. Don’t take everything so seriously, or you’ll burn out. Learn your craft, and do it well. Don’t let outside forces damper your creativity.
How has Hothouse helped you grow in your career?
When I started, I was wearing four different hats. I’ve learned a lot since then, so I added a few more. Now, I wear like six or seven.
How would your Hothouse coworkers describe you?
Surprisingly good looking. Right?
What’s some advice you wish someone would have given you about your 20s?
Easy—marry someone rich.
What’s something you’d like to learn about?
I’d like to get better at cooking meat and fixing cars.
What are you most excited about in life?
Traveling with my family.
What song best describes you?
“Stairway to Heaven,” because it takes a while to understand the meaning of the song, but when you do, you’ll really like it.
What onomatopoeia best describes your personality?
“A man. A plan. A canal panama.” (Yes, I know full well this not an onomatopoeia.)
What’s your outlet to stay sane?
Conversing with my four-year-old over a plate full of cookies.
What was your first cellphone, and how did you lose it?
I came from the era of flip phones and T9 texting. I still have that flip phone.
What was your AIM screenname? Why did you choose this name to represent you?
NJNerdcore. It was a take on NJ Hardcore because my band played nerd music, and we were from New Jersey.