a week with the smack bang team – kendall

a week with the smack bang team - kendall

Each one of team members play an important role in keeping this well-oiled machine, not only running but churning out brilliant ideas and projects on the reg. In our ‘meet the team’ series, we give you a little more insight into the talented folk that make up our Smack Bang family. 

My name is Kendall and my mum would say I’m always late but I think she’s just early. The first thing I do when I wake up is hit snooze, and at the end of the day I have a cuddle in the hammock with the world’s sookiest pup (my nephew, Frank the Italian Greyhound) and watch the OC. My favourite thing about my job is being surrounded by this gang full of people loving life and each other (awwww), and being constantly encouraged to try new things and take on new responsibilities – I feel like not many 21-year-olds fresh out of Tafe could say they’ve been handed the reigns of a new business, so I feel super lucky! A mutual love for good tunes, frequent tea and doughnut breaks and sunshine goes down alright, too.

What do you do at SBD? Officially I’m a designer but in reality, my task list is a little more “bit of this bit of that” – most days look pretty different from the last. I’m the go-to-gal for all things First Flight (our sister brand) which means plenty of business planning (Google Docs and meetings with my gals Tess + Elodie), helping clients set up their sites, project managing (aka spreadsheet wrangling), as well as creating content for social media, and designing/planning new products! More recently I’ve also been stepping away from my desk and getting behind the lens (much to my 16-year-old wannabe photographer self’s joy) to photograph the gang going about their biz, shooting some killer clients and their spaces, and producing content for the SBD blogs! Last week, I spent the morning making fabric dye out of blueberries, so there’s that also.

If you weren’t doing that, what would you be doing? So ever since I was little I’ve had this dream of exploring the world, working in towns and villages and meeting interesting people. Sitting down and hearing their stories, learning skills from them and taking their photo / documenting the process. Weaving baskets with Zimbabwean women, learning to dance in Nicaragua, making hummus in Jerusalem, Then maybe turning it all into a book with perfect layouts and photos that make your heart warm (I probably need to practice my photography first). But how 21-year-old does that sound?! Haha. Alternatively I’d be studying biology or psychology (humans are interesting) but I think I know myself well enough by now to know that it’d just turn back into me bailing on the essays to go travelling in South America doing aid work, getting fat on good food and learning to make things with my hands. Who needs money, right?

You’re on a desert island and can only listen to one album for the rest of your days. Which one is it? As a kid who grew up in a household filled with everything from The Temptations to Talking Heads to A Tribe Called Quest this question is tough as! Rumours by Fleetwood Mac is always a favourite, or to be honest I think I could listen to This Must Be The Place by Talking Heads on repeat for the rest of my life – it instantly takes me back to getting my driver’s license and all the joy and freedom that came with it.

What’s your weekend ritual? Saturday morning usually means a coffee with the family at our regular where they know us by name (sounds like that tv show Cheers, but isn’t), and a stop past the bakery to get bread, bacon, rocket and avos for lunch, or on a warm sunny day a bit of salt water, coffee and backwards snap on the rocks by the beach with friends (backwards snap = most addictive card game ever. Learn it). Then, it’s usually spending all my money on secondhand finds at the markets, and beers at the beach with a poorly played game of volleyball in between. Sunday is a little more relaxed with plenty of time napping in the sun, catching up with family and church family in the afternoon/evening!

What’s the best choice you’ve made so far in life? This is a hard one, but honestly, I think it’d be spending more time learning about and getting to know the faith I’ve grown up with – Christianity. It’s easy for people to grow up in the church but never pursue the “why” and the heart behind it – but over the last year I’ve solidly dedicated time to reading my bible, praying, and consciously trying to be a better person through that – the change it’s made to my life and wellbeing has been massive (and hopefully to people in my life too!).

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? Flying for sure – getting to zoom up into the air, breeze rushing past, living like a human drone! Sick of home and feeling like an adventure? Just get your wings on and pop on over to Mexico for a swim, a beer and a taco. Either that or a more #wholesome superpower like being able to read people’s minds so I could love them when/where they need it, even if they don’t realise.

Coffee order? Black filter when I’m on coffee, OJ when I’m not!

If you weren’t living in Sydney, where would you choose and why? I’ll admit I’m such a homebody that in my 21 years of life I’ve never even lived in a different suburb, let alone a different city. I always thought I’d like to do the Cali thing for a bit, with plenty of trips down south for southern soul food, gospel choirs, fish tacos and a boogie! But honestly, I would be happy anywhere on the coast with the ocean, my loved ones, and good food at my fingertips.

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