5+ | Klint Davies

by Caitlin on December 1, 2011

We’re shakin’ things up a bit on 5+! This week, a WRITER! Klint Davies is a good buddy of Westside’s. Both him and his partner, Brad Van Schaik, work with many folks on our roster and love them for that! But, they’ve also become great friends of ours as well and we love them even more for being so wicked cool!

Thanks Klint for taking the time to contribute!

Klint © Tyler Gray

My Wife’s Belly
Well not her actual belly; what it’s carrying. I don’t know if it’s going to be a boy or a girl. Quite frankly, it doesn’t matter. All I know is that when I look at that perfectly round tummy of hers, it makes me want do the best work I’ve ever done. Because come January 21st, give or take a week or two, I’m not just going to be working for myself (and team and agency, of course), I’m going to be working for my child. If that doesn’t inspire me to do something beautiful or bold or brave, nothing will.

Playing Hockey
I try to get out twice a week, no matter how crazy the work week gets. I find that nothing clears your head and resets you for a new day or late-night brainstorm better than playing in a good ol’ hockey game. I think some of my best thinking happens around midnight when I’m winding down from a spirited skate. I think it’s because I’m still taking coaches’ advice, and leaving it all – the deadlines, last minute re-briefs and 3 months of overdue timesheets – on the ice.

I can’t tell you how many steaks, pork tenderloins and chicken breasts I’ve cooked over the last 10 years, but I can tell you that no matter how specific the recipe says to be with your timing, or grill marks, or application of herb butter or rub, it’s always good to mix it up a little – to approach it from a different angle – just like you would a brief. If I always cooked the same thing, for the same people, the same exact way, they’d get bored of my meat skills (or lack-thereof), go find someone who’s trying new, tastier things and then unfriend me on Facebook.

A Bronx Tale
This is my favourite movie of all time. It’s just one of those movies that no matter how many times you watch it, you can always find new meaning in it. That’s the key to a great movie (or story in general). That, and it has a scene where a bunch of Mafia guys beat the crap out of a bunch of Hells Angels bikers, while The Beatles’ ‘Come Together’ plays on the jukebox. If you’re too busy to watch the entire 121 minute-long movie, watch this.

I know this one is a bit expected, but not having it in my top 5 just wouldn’t feel right. I love music. All music. Half of the time, when I’m scouring blogs in the wee hours of the morning, trying to find the next XX single, Bon Iver acoustic set or unreleased Childish Gambino verse, it’s more of an addiction than anything else. The other half of the time – when I’m in a comfy chair with my headphones on and a pen in hand and I’m letting my latest musical discovery whisk my mind away into uncharted creative territories – it’s pure bliss.

Honourable Mentions
TED Talks, the This American Life podcast, my co-workers, my parents and my dog Bill.

Bill © Tom Feiler

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