This month we have interviewed our Sales Executive, Sam Ottaway, who tells us about her love for theatre, what a normal day in her job is like, what her favourite thing is about Devon and so much more. Have a read to find out all about Sam!
1.What is your job title?
My job title is Sales Executive at One Media
2. What is a normal day like in your job?
There is no such thing as a standard day which makes everything much more flexible and exciting. I speak with different clients or types of businesses at different periods of the day. I speak with the trades people during lunch hours as that’s sometimes more convenient to them, whereas I may speak with larger marketing departments in the morning or afternoon when they will be much more available, so I work my day around the kind of businesses I have to liaise with during that day.
3. What is the hardest part of your job?
It has to be the admin. The joy that I get from my work is talking to businesses, growing their company, picking out what’s best for them and tailoring packages to them, so when I’m doing admin I would actually rather be out there talking to people about how to make a difference to their business.
4. How long have you worked here for?
In February 2020 it will be 2 years.
5. What are your hobbies?
I keep myself very busy. I fill my time up very quickly by being involved in a local theatre company called Exeter Little Theatre Company. I directed their pantomime, Aladdin, in the lead up to Christmas which was held at the Barnfield theatre. I also act a lot and was recently in a musical called 9-5. I even sing in a Jazz band called the Sugarberry Jazz Band so a lot of my weekends and evenings are filled up doing all of these different hobbies.
6. Tell me about your home life
I have just bought a new house with my partner Jamie on the cusp of East Devon. It’s our first house after 7 years of being together!
7. What is your favourite thing about living in Devon?
My favourite part is that it is just so beautiful and there are also so many things to do. There are amazing attractions that you can pay to get into but also many free activities such as walking round the Moors. There is just a bit of everything in Devon. Moving from Reading, which is a concrete jungle, and coming to Devon has really made me appreciate the scenery here. I also like how Exeter in particular is very vibrant and accepting of the arts. It’s got a huge art scene which isn’t common in every part of the UK but Devon thrives from it.
8. What is something no one would know about you?
A talent I have is that I can whistle really loudly. I also competed in and made it to the semi-finals of a modelling competition at the age of 14 which a lot of people don’t know.
9. What is your favourite meal?
It would definitely be a roast dinner but a really good roast dinner with stuffing, parsnips and all the extra trimmings.
10. Do you have any words you live by?
You can’t change what’s happened, so don’t live in the past, just look forward.
11. What is your biggest achievement?
It’s between two things. It has to be either the first time I directed pantomime as we brought in a record profit for the show in the 60 years it had been running. Or it would be having played Nancy in Oliver twice, once at the Barnfield Theatre and once at the Northcote Theatre.
12. Who would you want to play you in a film about your life?
Natasha Lyonne who plays Nicky in Orange in the New Black as she’s so down to earth and her comedy timing is brilliant.