Once a month, we like to give our readers the chance to get to know one of our team members by shining the spotlight on them. Here’s our spotlight for this month, Hayley Tillery.
1. What’s your name and title at Crisp Marketing?
They call me Hayley.
I’m the lead UI Designer here, so I mostly handle designing websites and then coordinate with the web developers to ensure everything looks the way it was envisioned and is functional.
2. What is your favorite type of music? Why?
I like a lot of different types of music depending on my mood or what I’m doing, but my main favorite would be Hard Rock. I hold in a lot of anger inside and bottle up my feelings a lot, but listening to this kind of music helps as an outlet. I also love how you can just hear the pure emotion from the singer and the instruments playing.
3. How many instruments do you play?
Just the one – guitar.
When I was a kid I dabbled on the keyboard, but never really learned how to play properly. And when I was in middle school I played in the percussion section for our school band (mostly snare drum, bass drum, etc.)
4. How long have you been playing music?
I’ve been playing the guitar for almost two years now. I can’t believe it’s already been that long actually. BUT if you count singing mediocrely and proudly, then since I was born.
5. What made you want to play an instrument?
Let’s be honest. Guitars just look so bad ass. How could you not want to play one?
But for real, well there are two reasons. One is that I’ve always wanted to learn because I’ve always loved music so much and have always wished I could create something and make someone feel the way music makes me feel. The other reason is that I had started working at my very first full time job for about a year and was starting to feel kind of depressed. I needed something to do outside of work and to give my life more meaning other than just working my life away.
6. What is your favorite part about playing/making music?
It’s really rewarding. To learn a song that you’ve been listening to for years and think, “Wow, how do they play this? I could never play something like this.” And then to actually learn it and be able to play it is such a good feeling. It’s just really cool being able to see yourself improving and getting better at something.
7. Do you prefer performing in front of people or playing in private? Why?
This one’s kind of hard. I love playing in private or even just at band rehearsals because I don’t feel like I have to prove anything to anyone. I can just have fun with it. I get really nervous performing at shows sometimes, but I also like it because I want people to hear us play and see all the hard work we put into it. It’s also pretty exhilarating.
8. Has playing an instrument changed you or your life? If so, how?
I would say so. It’s given me more confidence just knowing that I’ve worked hard at something. And it helps me to have goals that I can work towards and has helped with my overall mental health.
9. Do you have any other hobbies that you enjoy outside of work?
I love playing video games, photography, outdoorsy stuff, working out at the gym, playing D&D, reading (when I have time), eating donuts, snuggling with my two cats, and trying to weird out my boyfriend by doing extremely weird and goofy things.
10. Do you incorporate other hobbies or aspects of your life into playing music?
I would say that creativity from my artsy side and my emotions are incorporated when I’m trying to create my own music. Besides that, not really.