Modo’s Got Talent: Victoria Jamieson-McCaskill
As a member owned co-op we put our people first. Our inclusive and fun work culture and social purpose attracts the best, and the most talented. After hearing of so many hidden talents and unique hobbies at staff meetings, we finally decided it is time to share these stories with our members! Each month we will introduce one of our staff members and their secret talent, making Modo the diverse and inspiring workplace we love.
Meet Victoria Jamieson-McCaskill, Modo’s Fleet Technician
How long have you been working at Modo?
Victoria: I started working for Modo in July of 2016 as a contractor. Since then I’ve moved to a part time position and then eventually became full time. Three years later and I can still say I love this job!
What is your secret talent (or not so secret)?
For anyone who knows me outside of work it’s no secret that I have a LOT of creative hobbies. I went to school for graphic design and have worked in photo studios, worked on theater sets, and for a short time helped out at an artists collective. I love painting, costuming, video editing, photo manipulation, cartooning, sculpting, cake decorating, as well as scrap booking. Basically, it’s more of a surprise to find out that I work on cars for a living than to find out that I do all this other stuff on the side!
Members might have seen your comic “A Story of Damage”, where does your affinity for comics stem from, did you teach yourself and what’s your favourite comic?
My affinity for comics started really young for me. I’ve got two older brothers and an older sister and the four of us would watch X-Men and Sailor Moon all the time. We read a lot as a family, mostly fantasy books from authors like J. R. R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Patricia C. Wrede. My Mom was a potter and a painter as well and always encouraged us to do arts and crafts. So I’ve kind of always been into drawing and created a comic strip about two characters named Reddy and Greeny (yes very creative I know!) when I was maybe 4 or 5.
I would say I’m a mixture of self taught and trained because I have taken art classes throughout my life.
As for my favourite comic, I have to give credit where credit is due, I’ve definitely invested the most time and money into reading Archie comics! I’ve recently been reading The Adventures of Vox Machina though, which is based on an amazing group of Dungeons and Dragons players/voice actors out of L.A.
What’s your favourite “creative aspect” of your job?
To be honest, cars don’t afford a lot creativity on a day to day basis. I try to find ways to make the job a little more fun by adding creativity. Last year for Halloween I turned the Fleet Team into the Super Fleet, we had cardboard car costumes and mini superhero capes and masks. If you happen to lurk around our shop space you might find some of my doodles posted around as say, “warnings from the Stock Troll”. You might also find my Guard Chicken Mr. Scruffy. C. Cuckles poised with a watchful eye and talon somewhere in the building (see picture below).
Where can members find your work?
I have an old portfolio website from back when I was looking for freelance work. It’s probably the best place to see a small sample of some of my previous “artistic” work.
Bonus! Here’s me punching a T-Rex in the neck!