One of my all-time favorite TV shows is MASH. I loved all the characters of the quirky, somewhat political comedy. In the eleven years the show was on the air, many of the cast came and went. The writers and the director made a deliberate decision not to simply shove another actor into the same role. When a cast member left, they used it as an opportunity to take the show in a new direction.
The same is true of Roundpeg. In our ten years in business, team members have come and gone. The hardest thing to learn was that I couldn’t cast a new member in the same role. Each new person redefined the job around their skills and talents. While the essence of Roundpeg has remained the same, the company has evolved as a result of their influence.
These days, we have some new characters in our cast. Jenna Giles sits at the Art Director’s desk. While she has the same art degree as her predecessor Taylor, she definitely has her own style. In between designing logos and graphics for clients, she has been organizing our servers and files, shopping for pet fashions and teaching the cats stupid pet tricks. Jenna is passionate about her designs and comfortable explaining her concepts to clients, which has allowed me to spend more time looking for new projects.
We knew we had to hire Peter Wolfgram when Maybee drank his water and crawled into his lap during the interview. Most afternoons you can still find her sitting there. As our production artist, Peter brings a calm center to the chaos that is Roundpeg. He rolls his eyes ever so slightly when we suggest something he thinks is a dumb idea, you have to be paying attention to catch it. And when he is not designing, he finds the most obscure and interesting links to share on Twitter. If you don’t follow him @pwolfgram, you should.
Some things haven’t changed. Roundpeg is still a quirky, productive place, filled with laughter, animals, and dining adventures. It is however, a bit more polished, more professional and more grown up thanks to our newest cast members. And with this new cast, I expect to run for quite a few more seasons.