Meet the Team: Becca
Written by Baylor Meche
Becca is the resident sticker queen at Mindzai. She works with clients on the digital side, then puts in the elbow grease of actually printing and producing all of our sticker orders. She's one of the hardest workers and coolest people (We're actually in a DnD campaign together). I interviewed her so everyone else can learn a little more about her and the sticker production!
Q: If you could be any food or drink what would it be and why?
A: Hmm. A potato. Because they can be a food or a drink, and they're fucking delicious.
Q: Wait. How can a potato be a drink?
A: Vodka. Duhhh.
Q: Woahh haha that definitely went over my head. Ok so hypothetically if the world was ending, what album would you want to listen to before things blow up?
A: Ahh. Josh Groban - Bridges. My wedding song is on it and the first time I saw him, he sang songs from that album. I definitely ugly cried.
Q: If you could meet anyone alive or dead, who would it be?
A: Nicholas Cage. Just because I could.
Q: Are you originally from Austin? If not, what made you move?
A: I've lived in Texas for almost my entire life. My husband and I decided to move to Austin to be closer to family and our jobs. Anyone around here knows the commute in the mornings from San Marcos to Austin can be hell.
Q: Do you have any hobbies or other interests?
A: I have two dogs who I love dearly. One of them, Rayna, enjoys doing obedience training and other skill building. Right now, we're doing a lot of scent work. We just got into a new trial, and if it goes well I'm hopeful we can try out for some competitions in the future.
Q: That sounds pretty cool! What exactly is scentwork?
A: So it's similar to the training that is done with cadaver dogs. The dogs are trained to search for a specific smell, then execute an action such as laying down when she finds it.
Q: Like many of the people who work in the main office, you have several tattoos. Are there specific ones you consider your favorites?
A: I do have a favorite! I call them my "Cattoos." They're portraits of my three cats on the back of my arm done by one of my favorite artists, Royce Williams, who's now at Black Dagger Tattoo. I originally wanted a tribute tattoo after one of my cats died, and I ended up deciding not to wait until the other two were dead. So I got all three at once haha.
Q: Haha I would've done the same too. What do you enjoy most about being the sticker queen?
A: When it comes to jobs, I like doing something highly productive and artistic every single day. I don't like being stuck behind a computer and only answering emails all day. Being able to make stickers, even though I'm not the one making the designs, is an artistic outlet for me while being a pretty fun job.
Q: What would you say is the most difficult part when it comes to your job in sticker production?
A: Well honestly just learning how everything works. I didn't go to school for this so learning how to use Adobe Illustrator, the printer, the plotter (The machine with a die that makes the repeated cuts for die-cut stickers) etc. were all pretty trial and error. I have a very good work ethic, and like to understand how things work so it was both difficult and fun learning on the job. It's a lot of figuring out what doesn't work and... not doing that.
During my first week, I did catch the UV Coater on fire but it hasn't happened since! haha
Q: Well I'm glad we didn't burn down back then. Are there any designs you've gotten in that stand out as favorites?
A: I don't really have like a specific design that stands out as a favorite. Overall, I love really stupidly funny sticker designs. Like when you go to open the file for the first time and you just have to laugh once you see it. Those are always the best to me. Like one time we got this sticker in for someone who described himself as "The Prince of Pimp-Hop," and I thought that was really great.
Q: What makes custom sticker production rewarding for you at the end of the day?
A: At the end of the day, I got to do something fun. Even if it's just 1,000 2x2 circle stickers, it's something that's fun and different from most day jobs. It's also pretty rewarding getting to print others' artwork on stickers. It makes me feel like I'm helping them get their stuff out into the world.
Also nothing means more than when customers leave reviews or messages telling me how much they love their stickers. Every time I build a new lasting relationship with a client, I feel like I'm really doing a good job!
Becca definitely puts in a lot of work every day here at Mindzai. She also oversees promo orders. So if you've gotten enamel pins or patches, she's the one who's helped you through the process.
I hope you enjoyed learning more about our team. We'll be releasing more blogs with helpful tips and interviews soon! In the meantime, you can check out all of our custom sticker options here. Stay tuned for more from the crew at Mindzai.