Seth Kuhn

Digital Marketing and Film Director
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What do you do for work? Give us a few reasons why you love it.
I’ve made one film to date, but professionally at this moment, I’m in Online Marketing (Digital Marketing) and Web Development, at a small firm in Portland, Maine called First Pier. I do Account Management, Project Management and SEO/SEM.

I love the challenge of helping businesses be more successful by doing things for clients that they can’t do for themselves. It’s rewarding to be building tools, lead streams, websites, etc. I like that the internet doesn’t sleep. It works even when we don’t. As far as making movies, I love that films are prolific, and meaningful. You can make people smile, laugh, cry, gasp. I feel that most current movies aren’t meaningful enough, cheap and superficial, reinforcing the wrong values.
 
Your current company aside, name two other companies that you admire and explain why.
Pixar seems to be an incredible company, the way they develop projects and collaborate. They encourage creativity, absolutely.

Intel – My uncle worked there for decades, and it seemed like a great company, always holding people accountable to results, while also offering sabbaticals after a number of years, stock options, and such. My uncle did a massive trip to Alaska, which feels even more significant now, as he died of cancer in his fifties.
 
In your opinion, what is wrong with the corporate world and how would you fix it?
Community within a company is inorganic and challenging. There is not enough time and resources given to personal life works and creativity, which is at odds with the corporate job. I would love to see companies give more time off (within reason), resources (time and money), for personal life works. These seem to be too mutually exclusive now. We must choose one or the other, but that’s a shame.
 
How do you want the world to be different because you lived in it?
I want more understanding that suffering isn’t bad, but it’s hopelessness that we need to remedy. And, if life’s about love, that means it’s not about you.
 
What is your best or worst moment of this week,
The worst was lying in bed thinking about all the things I haven’t done, or didn’t do, that I should’ve done or at least worked on. The best was spending time with my wife, and eating/drinking delicious things.