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Employee Spotlight: Annie Taylor

Posted by Anna on February 22, 2017 at 10:00 am. Captioners, Captioning, Employee Spotlight
Production Scheduler Annie Taylor

Production Scheduler Annie Taylor

At CaptionMax, we believe that our greatest strength is our employees. They’re clever, creative, and we can’t wait for you to get to know them a little better. Annie Taylor began at CaptionMax in May 2011 as a Prerecorded Caption Editor before going on to become Captioning Supervisor and now Production Scheduler:

What’s your favorite part of working at CaptionMax?

My favorite part of working at CaptionMax is the people. Everyone who works here is kind, funny, and talented, and it shows in their work and in their everyday interactions. It’s nice to come into a work environment like that every day.

What job did you want when you were 10 years old?

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a writer, which is not really a job and more of a way of being. Or a job that let me play video games all day (which I did end up getting the summer after college, and it was awful, but that’s another story). I was not a long-term-minded child.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

Coffee is the obvious answer here, but in reality, I couldn’t live without the endless array of stories available to explore, in TV, books, movies, and video games.

Do you have any hidden talents?

They haven’t been revealed to me yet, but telekinesis seems like it’d be cool to have. Oh, you said talents, not superpowers. My answer stands.

What is your biggest hobby outside of work?

My biggest hobby outside of work is definitely video games. Right now I play a lot of Overwatch, but I’m very excited for the new Zelda in March (SO EXCITED).

If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would it be?

It would be fantastic to have met and shared a meal with Sir Terry Pratchett. What a gem of a human being and author.

What is your favorite TV show/movie?

This is an unfair question and you know it. So I’ll give you two shows: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Futurama. Obviously.

Employee Spotlight: Elizabeth Rojas

Posted by Anna on July 12, 2016 at 10:47 am. Employee Spotlight
CaptionMax Superstar Elizabeth Rojas

CaptionMax Superstar Elizabeth Rojas

At CaptionMax, we believe that our greatest strength is our employees. They’re clever, creative, and we can’t wait for you to get to know them a little better. Elizabeth Rojas joined our Burbank office as an Offline Caption Editor in February 2006. In the ten years since, she has gone on to tackle the roles of Day Shift Supervisor, Project Manager, Client Services Manager, and now Account Manager:

What’s your favorite part of working at CaptionMax?

My favorite part of working at CaptionMax is definitely the people, hands down. We have some spectacular employees at this company. And also the really unexpected shows I would’ve never ever watched on my own, which taught me things I never even considered, like how to go Crossbow Hunting Fishing (you shoot fish with arrows while sitting in a rowboat, very intense).

What job did you want when you were 10 years old?

I wanted to be a book editor and read all day, as well as a ballerina, and a wedding dress model (no other collections – just straight wedding dress ballgowns only).

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

Books and cats. I can’t narrow down any of these answers to just one thing, clearly. Sorry!

Do you have any hidden talents?

Not really. I danced ballet and ballroom for a number of years, and played the violin, but those are not necessarily hidden talents so much as hobbies. And I’m super rusty at the violin by now.

What is your biggest hobby outside of work?

Reading while a cat naps in my hair.

If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would it be?

Okay, if I have the power to dine with the dead, then it follows that I ALSO have the power to throw a full dinner party. And the key to a good invitation list is including the right mix of personalities for engaging conversation, so I’d invite Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Joss Whedon, our own Jess Matelski who would murder me if I didn’t include her when Joss Whedon was over, J.K. Rowling, Shakespeare, Taylor Swift, Captain America, Colin Firth, Jane Austen, and because the rules of hosting an excellent Regency dinner party requires equal numbers of men and women, I’d add Capability Brown, just to mix it up a little. I’d title it the “Who Tells Your Story” Party.

What is your favorite TV show/movie?

My current favorite TV show is “Arrow,” mostly because I’m in love with Oliver and Felicity. But I also love “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “iZombie,” and “Lucifer.” My all-time hands-down favorite is “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” And my favorite movie is the 2005 “Pride & Prejudice” starring Keira Knightley, just because it’s so incredibly pretty.

Employee Spotlight: Brian Gebhart

Posted by Anna on March 22, 2016 at 10:30 am. Employee Spotlight, Video Describers, Video Description
Video Description Supervisor Brian Gebhart

Video Description Supervisor Brian Gebhart

At CaptionMax, we believe that our greatest strength is our employees. They’re clever, creative, and we can’t wait for you to get to know them a little better. Brian Gebhart joined CaptionMax as an offline caption editor in July 2011 before going on to join and now supervise our video description department:

What’s your favorite part of working at CaptionMax?

Definitely the people. I get to work with a bunch of creative, media-obsessed nerds in a fun and collaborative environment. In video description, many of our day-to-day problems revolve around diction and usage (Is that character striding or sauntering? Is that medieval weapon a halberd, or should we just call it a long-handled axe? What’s the minimum number of crows necessary to describe them as a murder, and is it advisable even if technically correct?), which is pretty much a dream for a word nerd like myself.

What job did you want when you were 10 years old?

I was torn between writer and paleontologist. I’ve loved to read ever since I learned how, and telling stories has always felt like the most essential form of human expression to me, so I guess that’s why I ended up with writing. But dinosaurs are indisputably awesome.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

Food (literally, har, har). But also figuratively, in the sense that I love trying new dishes, new recipes, new restaurants. I’ll also add beer, which I could live without but am not sure I’d want to.

Do you have any hidden talents?

In fourth grade I learned a song that lists all the presidents in order. Fifty years from now, I may have forgotten all the names of my family members, but I can guarantee I’ll remember that Polk came after Tyler and before Taylor.

What is your biggest hobby outside of work?

Before I had a kid, I might have said reading. Or hiking, or gardening, or board games, or watching movies. What I’m saying is: I don’t remember.

If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would it be?

Impossible question – all the good answers sound fake, or like you’re trying to prove something. But I would love to meet my maternal grandfather, who died before I was born.

What is your favorite TV show/movie?

Another impossible question, because how can a person choose one? So I’ll just say that, while it’s probably not my favorite TV show/movie, right now I’m enjoying season five of Louie.

Employee Spotlight: Derek Throldahl

Posted by Anna on February 1, 2016 at 10:00 am. Captioning, Employee Spotlight
Realtime Captioning Manager Derek Throldahl

Realtime Captioning Manager Derek Throldahl

At CaptionMax, we believe that our greatest strength is our employees. They’re clever, creative, and we can’t wait for you to get to know them a little better. Derek Throldahl joined CaptionMax as our Realtime Captioning Manager in January of 2015:

What’s your favorite part of working at CaptionMax?

CaptionMax has some of the most genuine, fun-to-be-around employees I’ve ever been able to work with. Everyone brings a unique personality to the company. It’s also been a thrill watching the realtime department grow and all that we’ve been able to accomplish in the past year.

What job did you want when you were 10 years old?

When I was much younger, I dreamed of playing professional baseball. Now the closest I get is recreational softball, but I was able to capture a career where I can live vicariously through my captioning of professional sports.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

Many people can probably relate to this, but I feel completely lost without my phone. I’m sure I could live without it, but I wouldn’t want to try.

Do you have any hidden talents?

I wouldn’t really call it a talent as much as it is a unique ability, but I can solve a Rubik’s cube in two minutes.

What is your biggest hobby outside of work?

I’m as tech-obsessed away from work as I am at work. Computers, tablets, televisions, virtual reality, video games, cars, I’m just fascinated with the tech behind it all. If I’m not enjoying first-hand all the tech around us, then I’m anxiously reading about all the new things coming our way.

If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would it be?

Iron Man. If anyone knows about technology, it’s that guy.

What is your favorite TV show/movie?

I have a bad habit of waiting until a show is over and then binge watching the whole series. The Office, Parks and Rec, and Breaking Bad are a few that I caught after others assured me it was worth the watch. I’m sure there are a lot of really good shows on right now, so stop by and tell me what I need to watch next!

Employee Spotlight: Jess Matelski

Posted by Anna on December 15, 2015 at 11:30 am. Captioners, Captioning, Employee Spotlight
Jess Matelski stands next to poster of Jessica Fletcher

Jess Matelski stands next to poster of Jessica Fletcher

At CaptionMax, we believe that our greatest strength is our employees. They’re clever, creative, and we can’t wait for you to get to know them a little better. Jess Matelski joined CaptionMax as a caption editor in November of 2004 and has worn a number of hats between then and becoming our Prerecorded Operations Manager earlier this year:

What’s your favorite part of working at CaptionMax?

Definitely the people. 11 years ago, I moved to the Twin Cities without a job or a plan, and I feel very fortunate to have found CaptionMax at that point, because it was this wellspring of smart, funny grammar nerds talking about TV all day. I kinda couldn’t believe it. I’ve met some of my best friends here. Media accessibility is a very specific kind of work that tends to attract a very specific kind of person who tends to be someone I generally get along with and who will laugh at my dumb jokes either out of genuine amusement or pity. And I’ll take either.

What job did you want when you were 10 years old?

When I was 10 years old, I didn’t want to grow up, so I didn’t really want a job. When pressed, I might have said, “Work in an office that I have to drive a car to, where there are lots of folders and where I can wear skirts and high-heeled shoes,” but that was probably based on my perception of what my mom’s job was… or maybe a Barbie commercial.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

Oxygen. Also, my dog, Mike.

Do you have any hidden talents?

I’m really good at parallel parking. But it’s basically my only talent, so I can’t afford to hide it.

What is your biggest hobby outside of work?

Hm. So you’re looking for something different than what I do at work? So something other than watching TV?

[awkward silence]

Writing? Thinking about writing?

If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would it be?

Living, for sure.

What is your favorite TV show/movie?

What isn’t my favorite TV show/movie? Some stuff I have watched over and over: Arrested Development, Farscape, Firefly, Fringe, Gilmore Girls, Golden Girls, Parks & Rec, Princess Bride, Shaun of the Dead, X-files… Just about every adaptation of a Jane Austen novel, ever (except for the 2005 Pride & Prejudice, which I hate, but I’ll admit that’s mostly based on first impressions). Okay, I’ll stop.

Employee Spotlight: Rachel Steenson

Posted by Anna on June 17, 2015 at 9:30 am. Employee Spotlight, Video Describers

At CaptionMax, we believe that our greatest strength is our employees. They’re clever, creative, and we can’t wait for you to get to know them a little better. Rachel Steenson joined CaptionMax as a video describer in April of 2014.

What’s your favorite part of working at CaptionMax?

I really appreciate the shared focus to create a product that is not just “close enough” or “technically accurate,” but right for each program, which is really inspiring and heartening for a word nerd.

What job did you want when you were 10 years old?

I went back and forth between a judge, an inventor, and a smokejumper; though given my crippling fear of falling, I think at least one of those probably wouldn’t have worked out.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

Coffee! True story—my phlebotomist confirmed it.

Do you have any hidden talents?

I’m a seasoned parallel parker.

What is your biggest hobby outside of work?

Reading and binge-watching period dramas on Netflix, sometimes both at once.

If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would it be?

Hildegard of Bingen, this super cool renaissance lady abbess from the Middle Ages known for her roles as composer, philosopher, mystic, healer, artist, and brewmaster.

What is your favorite TV show/movie?

I found my life coach in Leslie Knope when I started watching Parks and Recreation, so that show should probably top the list, but I’ll throw out honorable mentions for the movies Amelie, Metropolis, and the 1934 version of The Scarlet Pimpernel, which is based on the first hero-with-a-secret-identity novel, paving the way for future masked superheroes.

Employee Spotlight: Truck Morrison

Posted by Anna on March 3, 2015 at 4:13 pm. Employee Spotlight

At CaptionMax, we believe that our greatest strength is our employees. They’re clever, creative, and we can’t wait for you to get to know them a little better. Truck Morrison took over as our CEO in November of 2014:

What’s your favorite part of working at CaptionMax?
The people and their passion for the work we do.

What job did you want when you were 10 years old?
That was a million years ago, so I had to ask my parents. Apparently I had two hopes, a garbage man or a cowboy.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
Seasons. I love (and hate) MN for the seasons. Each one brings freshness and change that renews my energy as we move from season to season. I could live without spring mud and ice season and just enjoy the ten good spring days we typically have in late May.

Do you have any hidden talents?
If I told you, they would no longer be hidden, now would they?

What’s your biggest hobby outside of work?
Trail running and mountain biking are my chosen ways to try to slow the aging process. But I have tried for 4 summers to get my vegetable garden in order, and, so far, this is clearly NOT my hidden talent.

If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would it be?
John Adams. I think he is an underrated founding father.

What is your favorite TV show/movie?
I go into cycles for TV, many years of Cheers to many seasons of Northern Exposure, Alias, and currently Modern Family. The writing on Modern Family is impressively clever. Movies, I am a sucker for It’s a Wonderful Life and Christmas Story during the holidays, but my one go-to movie franchise is James Bond – I hope the franchise never ends.

 

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