Animal Profiles: James and Jasen

We’re taking to the skies for our April animal profiles with our minimalism aficionado and Senior Designer, James Thigpen (a.k.a. ‘JT’), who chose the eagle. Joining him is the hardest working man in the Dev Business, our resident Technologist, Jasen Wyatt, who chose the owl. To find why these great minds chose animals that hardly touch the ground, we’ll be looking to the clouds this time around.


First up, let’s get JT’s take on the United States’ avian of choice.

Well JT, you’re flying high with the eagle today. What made you choose such an animal?

I’ve always been drawn to an eagle’s wide field of view. Sometimes it’s hard to see the big picture, but once I step back, it all starts to make sense.

Very true. It’s easy to get wrapped up in details and miss the forest for the trees. Sorry, bad pun. Anyway, eagles are known as symbols of confidence and surety. Is that something you identify with?

That was a little forced, not gonna lie [laughs]. But in my career, my personal life and my role here at Rebuild, I completely agree. Being fearless in the face of adversity is really the litmus of success.

That’s a very interesting stance. How do you deal with the pressure and fear of tackling those tasks that might seem impossible to overcome? What’s the secret sauce?

I don’t know man, you tell me [laughs]. I think you have to take things one step at a time, while keeping the bigger picture in mind. Knowing what blocks you need to get to that next level is key. And keys open doors.

Next up, we have Jasen letting us in on the magic of his owl choice.

Jasen, I don’t think you could have picked a better animal. I could totally see you as an owl. But humor me, why did you choose the hoot machine?

Owls have this calm presence about them while still having the capacity to be feisty. I’m calm about 90% of the time. For that other 10% I think I’m more cranky than feisty, but it’s all in the same vein.

A cranky old owl sounds about right. Most people know owls to be wise, but they also have three eyelids. I don’t imagine the latter is true unless you’ve got something to tell me Jasen. Be honest.

Okay, okay you got me. I’m actually a Demogorgon turned Technologist, keep it between us though. To your point, it’s important to be observant when it comes to developing solutions for clients. Through constant trial, error, and success, the wisdom follows.

Agreed, wisdom definitely comes from experiences. And don’t worry, your secret’s safe with me. So, owls are nocturnal. Do you find yourself up in the wee hours of the night often?

It was the story of my life for a while, but with a family and young kids, it’s a lot harder. I’m definitely not built for that anymore. Every time I stay up really late, I end up paying for it in the morning [laughs].

It was a high-flying adventure, but all good things must come to end. So, we’ll bid our avian friends adieu for our new arctic friends. Nick Van Huis, SEO guru and pun master, has chosen the penguin. Noah Bakst, our digital strategy mastermind, has decided to free Willy with the orca whale. It’ll be two interviews on ice, literally, for our May edition. Stay tuned, friends.