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Coles After Hours with Tim

Creativity is key to our work here at Coles Marketing. On a regular basis, we’d like to give you a peek inside the mind of a team member and show what’s inspiring them lately. What are we watching, reading, playing or making that’s fueling our creative energy?

For this entry, we’re checking in with Vice President Creative Tim Coulon.

When COVID hit, our homes turned into offices. Tim went one step further, transforming his basement into a music studio.

When Tim’s 14-year-old son, Josh, showed an interest in percussion last year, their neighbor gave them his old drum kit. Josh played a little bit, but Tim really “caught the bug” for drumming, eventually trading the kit in for a larger set and “hammering away” on it every chance he could.

Tim played the drums when he was Josh’s age, but he quickly lost interest. However, he is now fully dedicated to honing his craft, spending hours listening to his favorite music and teaching himself how to play along. His current repertoire includes classic tunes from Genesis, Phish and the Rolling Stones.

Now, part of Tim’s basement is walled off with sheets and soundproof padding, allowing him space to rock out.

“I can go down there for hours,” he said. “It’s a great release of energy. I’ll get blisters, I’ll start sweating, and I’ll come back up feeling refreshed. It’s like how you feel when you go for a workout at lunch.”

Sometimes, Tim’s friends will come over and jam with him. One of them has a jazz drum kit, and they’ll join forces to imitate the dual drummers from the Grateful Dead.

Tim’s not sure if he’ll start a band, but one thing’s for certain — he’s feeling more creative than ever.

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Coles After Hours: Teresa Christ

Creativity is key to our work here at Coles Marketing. On a regular basis, we’d like to give you a peek inside the mind of a team member and show what’s inspiring them lately. What are we watching, reading, playing or making that’s fueling our creative energy?

For this entry, we’re checking in with Financial Manager Teresa Christ.

When Teresa’s not crunching the numbers at the office, you can find her studying and experimenting within the world of glass art. She recently binge-watched the Netflix reality series, Blown Away, which follows 10 artists as they compete in glassblowing sculpture challenges.

“It’s exciting to see all of the different things people can create on that show,” Teresa said. “It’s also nerve-racking because their creations are so fragile.”

Teresa’s fascination with glass art predates Blown Away. A trip to Rossi Glass in Niagara Falls first sparked her interest.

“Seeing the artisans make pieces there was so cool and inspiring,” she said.

Teresa has now tried her own hand at this artform. She has taken classes at GRT Hot Glass Studios and made her own glass art.


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Coles After Hours: Sam Watermeier

Creativity is key to our work here at Coles Marketing. On a regular basis, we’d like to give you a peek inside the mind of a team member and show what’s inspiring them. What are we watching, reading, playing or listening to that fuels our creative energy?

For this first entry, we’re checking in with Senior Copywriter Sam Watermeier. Here are his latest sources of inspiration.

Bottle Rocket: I recently revisited this old favorite — writer-director Wes Anderson’s debut film about a trio of wannabe thieves. What makes the film so surprisingly sweet and endearing is the fact that none of these characters are thugs. They act like little kids playing bank robbers. They plan heists to give their lives a childlike sense of adventure, but they discover plenty of other exciting risks to take during adulthood that don’t involve crime. I love movies that allow you to hang out with quirky characters like these and walk around in their shoes for little while. I love movies that capture the magic in the ordinary. That’s why I enjoy writing spotlight stories for Coles. I get to connect with people from all walks of life and try to paint a cinematic portrait of them.

 

How to Socialise & Make Friends: This sophomore album from the Australian band Camp Cope is a stunner. In the opening song, frontwoman Georgia “Maq” McDonald decries the misogyny at the core of the music industry. In other tracks, she beautifully captures the cathartic power of music. “Just get it all out, put it in a song, just get it all out, write another song,” she belts in “Anna.” Surprisingly, coming from an Australia-based band, one of the songs on this album references our home base of Indiana!

 

The Book of Eels: I have an odd phobia — I’m afraid of eels. When I stumbled upon an article about this book, I felt like the author was calling out to me. In addition to exploring the origin and evolution of these mysterious creatures, Patrik Svensson tells tender stories about fishing for eels with his father throughout his childhood and adolescence. It’s a unique, beautiful blend of science and memories. As we strive to do in our writing for Coles, Svensson bridges the gap between the specific and the universal.

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