Torchliter Spotlight: Emily Brungard
Nov 29, 2017 Maria Rummel
Torchliters are vetted digital marketing experts who deliver high-quality work to our customers. Marketing is their passion and their livelihood. So yeah, they’re pretty darn good at what they do.
Today we sat down with Emily Brungard, our very own intern turned Torchliter to learn more about her life as a blooming freelancer and design expert.
What’s your role as a Torchliter?
Since starting at Torchlite as an intern in May 2016, my role has changed quite a bit. I started out helping the Customer Success team, but I was asked to help with a design project, and my role has mostly included design ever since. I’ve also written blogs for Torchlite and managed social media for a few months, but my favorite role with Torchlite so far has been in a design capacity.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Free time? What’s that? Just kidding–but I love staying busy, and I do a pretty good job of it. I’m a full-time student at Ball State University, so most of my free time is spent completing projects for classes, or working for Ball State University Marketing and Communications. I’m also the Executive Director of Ball State’s student-run creative communications agency, Cardinal Communications.
When I have free time, I like to go to local coffee shops to relax, listen to music and read (if you’re ever in Muncie, The Caffeinery is my favorite). I’m also a Netflix lover. Grey’s Anatomy and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia are my favorite Netflix go-tos.
Where do you live and what’s your favorite part about your hometown?
I grew up in Tallahassee, Florida. My family moved to Carmel, Indiana before I started high school, and we’ve lived there ever since. During the school year, though, I live in Muncie. My favorite part of living in Tallahassee was a pizza place called Momo’s, known for pizza slices as big as your head. The warm weather wasn’t bad either.
What was the last trip you took?
I visited Boston in October for my final Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) National Conference. I attended sessions on visual storytelling, branding, inbound marketing and even heard from Morgan Spurlock on his storytelling philosophy. One of my favorite ways to explore a city is through its food, which was my favorite part of the trip–I love seafood, and it doesn’t get much better than eating fresh oysters, crab, and lobster on the water.
What was the last book you read?
I’m currently making my way through “What Happened” by Hillary Clinton. It’s about her experience as the Democratic Party’s candidate for president. Most of my reading at this stage of my life is for classes, and textbooks aren’t always the most exciting pieces of literature.
If you could have dinner with anyone (alive or dead) who would it be and why?
Wendy Clark, the president and CEO of DDB North America, is a boss–she worked for Coca-Cola and has helped DDB grow exponentially, including securing McDonald’s as a client. I’ve watched videos of her presenting at conferences and in various interviews, and I’m always impressed by her. In the tech world, I think that Marc Benioff is a really interesting guy who is using his influence for good. I find both Salesforce’s and Benioff’s personal dedication to causes like equality and sustainability inspiring, and I’d love to talk about his experiences.
What’s one interesting fact about you that most people don’t know?
When I was in middle school, I participated in the National History Day history fair, and I did a project on the history of canning food. It was super interesting, and I know more than anyone could ever need to know about canned foods, but I must have kept some information about the Ball Corporation in the back of my mind because I ended up at Ball State!
How did you get involved with Torchlite?
I learned about Torchlite through a PRSSA chapter meeting. I knew what freelancing was, but I didn’t realize that I could do it. Torchlite was my direct introduction to the gig economy, and I’ve been invested in it since 2015. Since then, I’ve picked up several projects for various companies and organizations.
What’s your typical day like?
I’m lucky to have a pretty regular schedule. I’m in classes all day, two days per week and spend the other three weekdays working. When I have heavy loads of client work, my to-do list is a life-saver. My days always start the same way, though: I don’t think you can have a successful day if you don’t eat a good breakfast.
How do you stay up-to-date on the latest digital marketing trends?
As a true-blue millennial, I’m always on social media. I follow many different digital marketing and advertising outlets, so I learn by reading. I also like to dive into the new features of social media platforms as soon as they’re released. I learn best by doing.
What’s your favorite part about working with Torchlite?
I’m able to do work I’m passionate about in a flexible environment. Freelancing isn’t the future–it’s now. I learn techniques and tips in classes, and I’m able to apply them through my work with Torchlite. There’s nothing more rewarding than that.
See how an expert like Emily could help extend your team at Torchlite.com.