Co-Founder and President
This is the 11th installment of interviews with the Crew members of Simpatico Studios. The interviews are conducted by Veronica Mattaboni, your kindly narrator and interviewer.
Steve sits at his comically large desk, trying intently to convince me that the U shaped desk he’s working on, which spans 2 walls and consumes 75% of the room, is “not that big of a desk.” He then explains that the space came pre-furnished. He sits behind a laptop, wearing his fabulous collared Simpatico shirt, doing important things, probably.
VM: How would you define the Steve Brand™?
SW: Jill stole my word. The answers I’m going to give are going to sound a lot like Jills. I am completely irreverent, as in I don’t revere by default what other people think should be revered. But I’m not cynical. Well… I’m sometimes cynical.
VM: What are some things that are characteristically you?
SW: I feel like that’s a question you should ask people around me. He turns to Jill Whiskeyman. What do you think?
SW: …I didn’t ask you. I asked Ver.
JW: How about contemplative?
SW: I guess… In the world stage, there are writers and there are actors, and I’m a writer. I like to think about things. I don’t like to instantly react. I’m also compulsive minter. I love Icebreakers.
VM: What’s your favorite song right now?
SW: He chuckles. I’m really weird with music. It’s the score from Avengers: Infinity War; in particular, the part where Thor enters Wakanda. It still gives me goosebumps.
VM: Do you consider yourself a good gift giver and what was the last gift you got someone?
SW: My instant reaction isn’t yes and maybe that’s your answer. I’m too much of a perfectionist. One of our client’s partners is expecting their first child, and we got their baby girl a little welcome bag, with a onesie and newborn baby Uggs. I have fun shopping for that kind of stuff.
VM: If you could teach a class on literally anything, what would it be and why?
SW: Well as Jill said, we teach classes together. We do everything together. I just taught one last spring. Have I taught the class I’ve always wanted to teach? No, but the last one we did felt very close.
VM: What’s your all-time favorite tv show?
JW: She snickers from her seat at the table. I know.
SW: No you don’t.
JW: Yes I do. Quantum Leap, followed by the Simpsons.
SW: What can I say? I love sci-fi and satire.
JW: I forgot South Park.
SW: Yes, South Park is the height of satire.
VM: Describe one good thing that happened recently.
SW: Only one? But there’s so many good things that have happened recently. In the past week we’ve on-boarded 3 new clients, all of whom have promise.
VM: What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever made with your hands?
SW: Well, I’m gonna cheat a little bit. My favorite thing that I’ve ever written is my Master’s thesis, which I don’t consider a finished piece by any stretch, but it’s the first long form manuscript that I completed. I also wrote a feature length film script and I’ve dabbled in game coding.
VM: If you had to pick a new name for yourself what would it be?
SW: I don’t love Steve. I wouldn’t be Steve, if I could. When people come up with the guy who is the butt of the joke, they always pick Steve. I mean–why?
VM: Tell me something I don’t know!
SW: Suddenly forgets everything he’s ever known in his life. Um… our cat Oscar was named after a character in my thesis manuscript! And I survived cancer. You can put that.