In honor of Earth Day, yesterday’s Google Doodle is a short quiz you can take to find your spirit animal. Naturally, no small business — and especially not a creative one like ours — can afford to operate without information like that. So we called a mandatory company meeting and each took our own Earth Day test.
Here are the results:
Marc, our head audio engineer, is — to no one’s surprise — a red-capped manakin.
The male red-capped manakin’s mating ritual is a backwards move often compared the moonwalk. Ever wonder why a bird doing this is more impressive than, I don’t know, flying? Well, neither has Marc. Because he’s a red-capped manakin, and that is how he expresses love.
Matt, Starlab’s General Manager, is a giant squid.
No wonder he’s known around the water cooler as the multitasking maniac; he’s always sending emails, organizing meetings, and coming up with new ideas for the studio, all while staying at least 150-160 fathoms beneath the ocean’s surface. And don’t let cheap squid stereotypes fool you – while Matt may be a snappy dresser, he keeps the operation 100 percent legitimate.
Videographer, Photographer, and Editor Rich Hawke is our in-house pangolin.
This makes sense, because Rich is nocturnal, always staying up late, climbing trees or eating insects, waiting for his latest edits to render. He’s never been successfully attacked by a lion, either, which apparently is a common trait among these guys. Circle of life, you know. Circle of life, indeed.
As a creative director, I think it’s fitting that I am the Starlab whooping crane.
While I may not be as celebrated as some more famous cranes, or have the cultural resonance of some of the non-avian whooping you may more easily recognize, there certainly aren’t a whole lot of me (that I can think of, anyway). And everybody knows how intrinsically related creativity and habitual predictability are.
Lisa, our financial manager, turned out to be the “technically extinct” Woolly Mammoth.
If anyone knows the value of a dollar, it’s the Woolly Mammoth. It’s the classic Church–Lister debate: do you bring back a hyper-social species that, like, most Financial Managers, thrived as contemporaries to modern humans? Or do you leave the sleeping giants alone and use the massive funds it would take to repopulate the earth with Mammoths instead to protect modern elephant species in danger of extinction? It’s like asking how many kilometers are in a mile – we’ll probably never know the answer, but the impossible has never stopped Lisa before: