Every week we’ll introduce you to an Envato staff member or team. This week we meet scholar and funny man, Travis King. I’ll leave it to you to decide when he’s being serious and when he’s not.
What is it like working for Envato, and what are some of the jobs you’ve had with us?
Once and while Jeffery lets me out of the little cage he keeps me in, and for those brief moments between the beatings and the confinement, working for Envato is pretty enjoyable.
Actually, working with Envato is a blast. Back in the early days when Envato was known as Eden, they caught my eye as a group of people I really thought I would like working with. As is often the case, I was completely correct.
My first job with Envato was as a product reviewer for FreelanceSwitch. At the time I had never really written anything for online publication, but site editor Skellie gave me my big chance. I’ll be forever thankful to her for that, but please don’t tell her. She’ll use this information to wield ultimate power over me and commit her evil, evil deeds.
I’ve actually had a bunch of different jobs with Envato. There’s been so many that staff often ask me to explain exactly what I do. I’ve been everything from writer, HTML dude, Creattica blogger, newsletter editor, personal assistant to Collis, screencaster and researcher. Currently I manage Snipplr and work with the Envato Marketing team.
Whew…I need a raise.
What projects are you working on at the moment?
Getting Snipplr back on its feet has been my ongoing project. While there is a lot left to be done, we’re slowly adding more and more functionality to the service. It’s true the site looks like nothing else in the Envato portfolio, but sooner or later we’ll be launching a brand new look.
On top of that, I also just started working in the new marketing division of Envato. So I’ll be doing a lot more writing and HTML dude stuff. I can tell you’re excited.
Describe your workspace.
While I don’t live completely off the grid, I do live some distance from anything you would call a city. I work from my home located on a small acreage in pretty much the middle of Canada. Although the Melbourne staff would like to think I work from an igloo, I do in fact have a real home. Only my dog sled team sleeps in the igloo.
For my home office I decided to go with something bold. The walls are painted orange with grey furniture for what I’ve been trying to make into a decidedly Asian flavored work space. Although I run a dual monitor setup, I’ve found I rarely use the second monitor. I guess I’m just too old school.
And yes, I do work from a PC. I’m one of the few Envato staff that does apparently. Although I have heard that Mark may be switching back after he almost burned his local Apple Store to the ground.
What does your average day look like?
My average day usually starts with coffee and lots of it. Once I went full-time freelance I decided that I would never put up with bad coffee again. So that means my early mornings are usually spent grinding coffee for either my percolator or French press.
Once coffee is out of the way I check my email to see if the Australians have managed to get through their day without blowing something up. With that in hand it’s usually over to Snipplr to fight spam and perhaps start writing an article or two for one of the Tuts+ sites.
Throughout the day I’ll also be on Yammer bothering the rest of the staff with what almost approaches humor.
What do you do when you’re not working?
While I’m not working I spend time on trying to control my Japanese obsessions. That means trying to work on the language, learning another of the 2000 kanji required to read a Japanese newspaper and dispensing travel advice and tips through my blog I Heart Japan.
It’s kinda silly really, but whatever I’m most passionate about I eventually try to turn into a business. So in reality, most of my hobbies – like photography and reading – end up turning into work anyway.
As an added bonus I thought you may like to see a picture of me in one of the many Hong Kong action films I’ve stared in. Here I am playing a scene with Andy Lau in the movie Kung Fu Computer Tech.
You have my permission to print it out and hang it in a special place.