Donna Lama oversees our Studio Services team, and it’s safe to say that without her we would be lost. Donna recently hit her five-year milestone with Fingerpaint, and to celebrate we’re taking a walk down memory lane.
- What do you remember about your first day at Fingerpaint?
All of the light coming in from the windows, and no offices.
- Are you in the same role? What has changed about your role?
Sort of. I was a department of one when I started in 2011. Studio Services has grown to four full-time peeps in Saratoga Springs, and three in Conshohocken, along with a few freelancers.
- Tell us what an average day at Fingerpaint looks like for you.
Status meeting for one of our largest clients every day at 8:30 a.m. Emails, meetings, work, meetings, meetings, more meetings, work, emails, meetings, work. Conversations with co-workers needing a quick answer on something while on the way to the bathroom in between all of the above.
- Tell us one of your favorite early memories from your office.
Bringing both of my doodles, Bert and Ernie, into the office and hearing Carrie Lyons say, “Beat it, Bert!”, because he was staring at her while she was eating lunch.
- What advice do you have for someone who is about to finger paint for the first time since their childhood?
Don’t think too much about it and have fun. We forget to be childlike when we become adults.
- What is your favorite thing about your office?
The open work environment and dogs. Lots of dogs! I bring my dog in almost once a week. There is nothing like having a stressful day and getting to take advantage of some puppy therapy to make it all better for a little while.
- What do you love most about the entire agency?
The people. We work hard together and even get together after work with one another. The fact that I want to socialize with my co-workers is pretty amazing when we see each other more than our actual families. I believe the only reason for this is because there are no titles and no offices, which builds mutual respect and makes us all one big, dysfunctional, happy family.
- How many unread emails do you have in your inbox?
They popped up as I was answering this survey. I am a bit OCD about organizational things like reading and filing emails into their particular brand folders.
a. Are you planning to read them or should you just batch delete?
- What advice would you give yourself on day 1 of working at Fingerpaint?
Enjoy this crazy new place you call your office and all of the people in it.
- What advice can you share having worked at the agency for 5 years?
Keep an open mind. Fingerpaint does things a bit differently than most other agencies. We have a very collaborative process, which can throw some folks who might be used to a more traditional agency’s ways.
- What are you hoping to see happen at Fingerpaint? (Keg in the kitchen, trampoline in the parking lot, 4-day work weeks, etc. – any ideas are welcome)
More telecommuting in the future with a cloud network. It’s 2016 and we are so digitally connected to one another that it seems silly to have everyone report to a building. I realize some people work better in a more traditional office situation, but I think some can thrive by working remotely a day or two per week.
- What are you doing for your sabbatical?
Not sure yet. An RV trip across the United States, a trip to see relatives in Spain I have never met, or an all-inclusive resort somewhere warm are all on the list.
A cross between seasoned creative art director and air traffic controller, Donna Lama works with print production vendors and oversees the final production and output of all creative materials at Fingerpaint. Her ability to efficiently manage multiple creative projects that fly in and out of the agency makes her an invaluable go-to.