Team Spotlight: Doug Williams
In this edition of our team spotlight series, we are introducing you to Technical Coordinator, Doug Williams.
Doug has worked in the audio visual industry for more than seven years. His professionalism, depth of knowledge and positive attitude are true assets to the Bespoke Audio Visual team.
“Doug brings one element that no other company or individual can provide: “Doug”. He is a hard-working team player that is always ready to take on any challenge. Doug truly embodies what Bespoke Audio Visual represents tailoring events.” Alex Braginetz, Labour Coordinator
What are you most excited about joining the Bespoke Audio Visual team?
The bold challenges and new experiences that I can have in working for a team of talented, motivated individuals. At least that’s what the boss told me to say!
I actually am excited to work with a company that genuinely tries to do AV the right way, treating its clientele and it employees with the same attention to detail, courtesy and respect.
How do you spend your free time?
Not doing AV! I dance swing periodically and am currently trying to learn Spanish. I also know how to play the keys.
If you didn’t need to sleep, what would you do with your extra time?
Music and travel. I would love to see more of the world and spend time living in another country experiencing different cultures.
What job do you think you’d be really good at?
Motivational speaking. I like convincing people to think outside the box and become more than the ordinary. Being able to empower and inspire someone with just words is an amazing gift, and I feel like I do that pretty well. It’s the part of Bespoke Audio Visual that I think is unique. We can take your event idea and spark it to life using descriptions, drawings plans and of course, some pretty sweet gear!
What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?
One you wouldn’t want to return from!
When people come to you for help, what do they usually need help with?
Apart from life in general? I joke, mostly video or webcast questions but occasionally I get to play Montell Jordan and deal with some real serious issues.
What do you wish you knew more about?
That’s a hard one, there is so much to learn. I guess the world we live in. Space is cool and all, but it’s got nothing on Planet Earth.
Who has really impressed you most with what they have accomplished?
Easy. My parents. They left Jamaica and made life here with my brother, two sisters and I. Coming with nothing to Canada and starting from scratch, breaking cultural, racial and language barriers so that we could thrive. They raised us, taught us about family, faith in God and how to live with and respect other people. They are my example of what great human beings are.
Plus, I got Caribbean food every day. You can’t go wrong with that!
What would be your ideal way to spend the weekend?
Ideally, running an event hall with live bands from the Motown era. But most weekends I have to settle for just cleaning the house and bumping tunes.
What fad or trend do you hope comes back?
I intend to bring back the Fresh Prince flat-top haircut and 90s style athletic wear. Also, jeans with deep pockets! It is impossible to own a sizeable smartphone as a dude with no pockets.
What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
I found $10 bucks on the subway – twice.
What are you absolutely determined to do?
See Disney’s Lion King in 2019, VIP seats, with hand on chest and sing the opening song in the theatre and I don’t mean when it gets to the Circle of Life. Uh-huh that’s right, that part.
What is the best compliment you have ever received?
I was working at a festival and the security officer thought I looked like Usher. True story.
They say everyone has a book in them. What would yours be about?
I would write a sequel to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, adult version, ideally. But realistically, I would probably write about how to be the best human possible. We need more awesome humans.