It’s been a busy spring for the team at TGW Studio. We’ve hosted a handful of exciting events, shared a new issue of Midnight Snack, and, to top things off, our team is getting a little bit bigger! We’re so pleased to introduce the newest member of the TGW team, Dannie. We took a moment to sit down and ask Dannie our most burning questions about work and life. Here’s what she had to say.
What got you interested in TGW’s mission?
I would say I’m a very particular person, and I really struggle to do my best if I can’t connect or align with the purpose. I have really admired TGW’s earnest, purpose-driven mission to work with agencies and companies within the community that strive to improve the lives of the people they serve. I love that no problem is too big. No matter what comes the team’s way, they figure it out. It’s really motivating to work with a team that tackles every problem with ease.
Tell us about your hobbies! Do you have any weird or unexpected talents?
I wouldn’t say it’s weird per se… but I am a pretty good Tetris player. Like 300,000+ high score, no biggie. Usually, I’m drawing, going for long walks, reading (I just started To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara), or working in my makeshift “photo studio.”
What book, TV show, movie, or game most impacted you as a kid?
When I was in high school, I saw Her by Spike Jones for the first time, and I feel like that movie inspired me to pursue my passion rather than play it “safe.” I was in awe of the cinematography, the futuristic-yet-nostalgic environments, the complimentary color palettes—all of it. But, I also think it made me realize that nothing is truly ever black or white, so many situations and emotions in our lives are covered in nuances and complex layers; it’s easier to constantly expect and accept our ever-changing world than to try and resist it.
During your 3-day weekends, where are your favorite Rochester spots to hang?
I always have to stop by Cafe Sasso at least once. Now that it’s summertime, I frequent Highland Park and Cobbs Hill! For a night out, my favorites are Vertex and Lux.
3 fun facts about Dannie:
- I recently got to go on tour to photograph Rochester-based candy metal band, KOPPS!
- I lived in Los Angeles for 4 months last year.
- There’s a photograph of me and photographer/former skateboarder, Jason Lee, using his 4×5 camera together at Kodak Center.