Sometimes it feels like things never stop growing, changing, moving when you’re working at the ground-level of an agency startup. Especially in such a vibrant, fun city like Austin. With so much going on, it’s sometimes hard to check in and notice all the changes around you. That’s why we're pleased to slow it down for a second and help you get to know a little bit about our new Project Manager / Copywriter, Lucas Fiser.
Let’s get to the basics: where are you from / what did you get your degree in?
I’m from the the Wyoming-Colorado border, just north of Fort Collins. I grew up on a ranch in the middle of nowhere with horses, chickens, ducks, emus and wolves...seriously, wolves. My mother bread wolf malamutes on the property.
But anyway, I got my undergraduate degree at Colorado State in Creative Writing and my MFA from Antioch University of Los Angeles.
Where have you been working since you got to Austin?
I’ve been working at KVUE, a local news station. Since I was old enough to drink I’ve worked in some form of news.
What is your favorite thing to do for clients?
It’s simple: help them. It’s satisfying to get someone what they need. If I can “destress” someones afternoon, day, evening, whatever, I will feel accomplished. Overall, I am a pretty organized person. My main goal: declutter. This all comes in handy when managing a project.
What generally makes you feel accomplished at the end of the day?
I can be a little neurotic about checking boxes. So if I can go home with them all checked I’ll feel good about myself. Oh! And if I still have enough energy to write after work or go to the gym, then that day’s perfect.
What would your dream project be?
I’m obsessed with sports uniforms. It’s weird, I know. But I’ve been religiously following this blog, Uni-Watch for years. If I could help manage a project for the redesign of any sports team I could die a happier man.
What is your favorite Austin hangout / best place to get a drink?
I love The Longhorn Saloon off North Burnet. It’s one of the last authentic Honky-Tonks in town. Lone Stars are only a couple bucks and there’s usually free music.
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Chicken Fried Steak. But only if I didn’t have to feel like crap every time after eating it. I could live off the stuff, seriously.
Craziest celebrity encounter you’ve ever experienced?
I lived in LA for a little over a year -- Hollywood to be exact. And almost every Saturday I’d hike. I needed relief from the city. I’d gone from 0 to 60 real quick, growing up in the middle of nowhere to all the sudden being plopped into one of America’s largest cities. Anyway, once while hiking in the Santa Monica mountains I met Chris Pratt and Anna Farris. Well, I met their dog first. This fat little bulldog. I thought the animal was lost. But when I looked up his owners were right there in front of me. I played it cool but I was definitely surprised to see two major celebrities miles deep on some mountain trail. They were incredibly nice.
Would you rather never have coffee again or live without TV forever?
TV - I currently live without TV and internet anyway. It’s all so distracting.
What television character do you most identify with?
G.O.B from Arrested Development.
What’s on your top 5 book list?
- Sport and a Pastime by James Salter
- Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis
- Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
- Jesus’s Son by Denis Johnson
- If Only You People Could Follow Directions by Jessica Hendry Nelson
What career would you choose if you weren’t a Project Manager / Copywriter?
Novelist. It’s been a childhood dream.