Name: Sarah VerStrat
Job Title: Client Services Manager
What does that mean? What do you do? It means I am the resident “licensee expert.” I learn more about licensees every day – what they need, how their market works, and how we can better serve them.
What’s the best part about working at VIA? Definitely the sense of comradery. Even though I’m in the Portland office, I still feel very connected to the other offices.
What’s one thing about you that would shock us? I was almost an extra for “Transformers 4.” I waited in line to audition for almost three hours and got a call back. Unfortunately, on the last round of auditions I missed the call, which resulted in me not becoming a huge superstar or working alongside Marky Mark.
Any hobbies? Working out. I like trying new things – running, yoga, weight lifting, cross fit, basically anything that keeps me moving and active.
Unusual skills? I considered myself a semi-pro hula hooper
Before coming to VIA, what was the most interesting or unusual job you ever had? As an unusual job, I once worked in a candy factory, and not the cool Willy Wonka kind. For four hours, every day after school I would glue candy bars to wooden sticks in order to make candy bar gift baskets. Think Edible Arrangements, but with candy. The amount of free candy did not make up for the obscene number of slivers I got that year.
List three words that describe VIA: Visionary, Independent, Adaptable
What do you like best about working here? The best part about working here is that we are true to our mission statement – do what we love, and have fun doing it. There’s nothing better than working somewhere people want to be.
What is your proudest work moment? When I worked at FOX I won a FOX X Award for my work during my first MLB Post Season with them.
Your desk: messy or organized? Right now, it’s messy and I’m not proud.
Beach or mountains? Why not both?
Favorite quote? Strive for progress, not perfection.
Travel spot? Anywhere that has a beach.
What’s your favorite movie, book or TV show? (Or all three): Favorite TV show, hands down, “Game of Thrones” (is it 2019 yet?!)
Favorite restaurant? Tasty n’ Sons. Best brunch I’ve ever had.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Is ice cream considered a meal? Because I’d go with ice cream.
Something in your refrigerator right now: Almond milk – and that is literally it.
What did you eat for breakfast this morning? Protein shake
Greatest meal you ever prepared? My first Thanksgiving in LA I hosted a “Friends-giving” and cooked everything. It all actually turned out really well!
If you were an animal, what would you be? A puppy. I’d just nap, eat and play all day.
If you were stranded on an island, what three things would you bring? Some Coronas, an umbrella and sunscreen – life’s a beach man!
What book did you last read? “The Passage” – it took me forever to get through but it was well worth it!
What aspect of your role at VIA do you enjoy most? Working directly with our clients. Most of my experience has been in production, so it’s been really cool experiencing the client side of things.
What celebrity do people think you look like? I hear that I look like Kristin Bell a lot – but that’s a compliment I don’t feel comfortable accepting.
What’s the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? I’d probably buy my parents something – a new house or car or boat … sky’s the limit!
What’s the one super power you would choose if you could? Teleport!!!! (I think that’s considered a super power.) My family is back in Michigan so it’d be great to just pop in and out for visits.
What’s your biggest pet peeve? Unreliable wifi – it’s 2017 people!
What’s your hidden talent? I remember really random things. I may not remember birthdays or anniversaries, but I can tell you what you wore, what you ate, where we sat and what day of the week we got lunch a year ago. I don’t know if that’s a talent, but it might come in handy one day.
Most important lesson learned: You can do anything you set your mind to.
Toughest decision you ever made: I’m pretty good at making big life decisions, but when it comes to what I want for dinner … forget about it.
Best piece of advice you ever received: If it’s not going to affect you five years from now, don’t waste more than five minutes thinking about it.
What phobias do you have? The only phobia I have is not making the most of the chances and opportunities I am given.
Where have you lived? Grand Rapids, MI; East Lansing, MI; Los Angeles, CA and now Portland, OR
What’s the last joke you recall? Apparently, I need funnier friends because I don’t remember the last joke I heard.
What’s your favorite thing to do in Memphis? Hang out with the VIA Fam
You’re happiest when … I’m with my loved ones.
You’d like to be famous for … creating pajamas that can double as work attire because let’s be honest, we all want to be comfy at work.