Meet Bayley: The Newest Addition to Creatuity’s Marketing Team
Introducing the Creatuity team’s Content Creation Manager, Bayley Votaw – a cat-loving gal with a knack for social media, and a downright sexy writer. As a recent graduate of The University of North Texas with an extensive history in content management, she’s going to be using her skills to create crave-worthy content that you won’t be able to resist.
BRING IT ON.
Sarah: Alright, let’s start this off simple. Where are you from?
Bayley: I am from West ‘comma’ Texas, not be confused with Western region of Texas. It’s really small and has about 3,000 people. I had 84 people in my graduating class. It’s a really traditional, southern small town…there wasn’t much diversity, so I was really ready to get out of there and experience a little bit of variety.
S: Oh, wow. I never would have guessed that. Where did you go to school?
B: I went to UNT. It’s in Denton, TX so not too far from here. I was an Integrative Studies major; my fields of concentration were political science, sociology and psychology and I also had a minor in Anthropology.
S: That’s quite the variety. I assume that involved a heck of a lot of reading. That being said, if you were on a deserted island and you could only bring 3 books, what books would you bring?
B: Okay…I’m going to bring The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, I’m going to bring The Marriage Plot by Jeffery Eugenides, and I’m going to bring umm…I love books, I have so many favorite books…Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy is my third! It is a beautiful, amazing, traumatizing book.
S: How else do you like to spend your free time?
B: I like to hangout with my friends. I made a really close-knit group of girl friends while I was at UNT and we have all since thus graduated, but most of us moved to Dallas anyways, so we still get to see one another all the time. I also spend time with my boyfriend who is enrolled at UNT, so he still lives in Denton. I love to read, watch documentaries, and paint when I have time, but I haven’t been able to do that as much as I would like because my schedule has been so busy.
S: What are your pet peeves?
B: I’m a really aggressive driver, so people who drive slow. Ugh, yeah that drives me crazy, I hate slow drivers. Um, repetitive noises, so like clicking your pen over and over or tapping your feet – that bugs me too. There’s a lot of things now that I think about it…Cucumbers! I hate cucumbers, those are one of my pet peeves…make sure that’s in there.
S: Speaking of pet peeves, that reminds me…you have a cat right? Tell me about her.
B: Yes, I love this question! Okay, so her name is Luna, as in Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter. I named her that because after I adopted her I waited a little while to gauge her personality, and she is quirky, but in the absolute best way. She’s a tortoise shell pattern, which is pretty rare. It’s a variation of calico, that only occurs in females, so that’s pretty cool. She loves popcorn and refried beans – those are the only two human foods she has ever showed interest in – but if you pop popcorn in the microwave or open a can of refried beans, she will come running to the kitchen, she loves them! She might be a little – I don’t want to say fat, because I’m not going to body shame her, but she’s a little out of her ideal weight range.
S: (Laughing) I can honestly say I have never heard of a cat who likes popcorn and refried beans. What is your go to snack?
B: My go to snack…well my favorite go to simple snack is plain lays potato chips. And then a more prepared snack…I love green olives and hummus.
S: What would you do if you won the lottery – how would you spend the money?
B: Okay, well, I would definitely would keep some for myself, I’m going to be honest. But I would like to donate a portion to a charity that I’m passionate about – probably an organization that benefits disadvantaged women or marginalized groups. I would also love to travel the world…and I would probably buy an art studio.
S: Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 duck sized horses?
B: I’m going to go with the horse sized duck, because you know, let’s just focus on taking out one opponent, let’s not burden ourselves with a hundred…and horses are strong, even if they’re duck sized a hundred could do a lot of damage…final answer.
S: I think I would pick the same. If you could have any superpower what would it be?
B: Telekinesis, where I can move stuff with my mind.
S: If you had a time machine, which era or historical event would you travel to — it can be futuristic as well.
B: Well, I will never understand why our generation in particular (ugh Millenials, am I right?) is so fascinated with the ‘50s and the ‘60s – we have made so much progress since then and I don’t understand why it’s so romanticized. SO I would definitely go to the future. I wouldn’t go too far into the future though – I would say a hundred years.
S: Pick one word to describe yourself.
B: Diplomatic – but not in the sense of being passive or polite. I’m very outspoken and implacable when it comes to the things I’m passionate about, whether it’s politics, social issues, or how terrible La Croix is, I mean it in the context of “let’s have a sophisticated, intellectual debate about something that is super polarizing and intense, and then I still want everyone to be friends afterwards,” (laughs).
S: Oh, I love that. I have always found it super important to be able to discuss those issues in a peaceful and civilized manner. It makes for a great learning experience. If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would you pick?
B: Ideally, I would like to say one of my favorite philosophers, but they were lowkey misogynistic and didn’t put a lot of stock into women’s intelligence soooo it probably wouldn’t go the way I wanted it to (laughs)… so let’s go with… OH! Zadie Smith. She’s the author of White Teeth. She’s a woman of color, an activist, an amazing, amazing person, and one of the most intelligent women I have ever heard speak.
S: She sounds incredible, I’ll have to check that book out sometime. Now to wrap things up, what is a quote that inspires you?
B: Well, my favorite quote is: “The happiness of afternoons… give up your search for the dead and live for the living. Love is like life but longer,” by Simon Van Booy. But one of the most inspiring things I’ve read was a simple reminder that genuinely learning about and from another person is one of the most beautiful things you can do for them – “Until then, it had not occurred to me what an act of love this was: to remember another person’s life,” by Sarah Hepola.
Interested in working with Bayley or being a part of our dynamic, talented crew at Creatuity? Give us a call! We look forward to upgrading your digital ecommerce strategy in the near future or exploring relevant employment opportunities. Welcome again, Bayley!