Yes, you read the title correctly – Cuddle Fairy has an intern. I feel so proud to share this with you. And I know that if you are a blogger, then you are probably so jealous right now (lol). My intern is also a really good friend of mine who’s studying marketing in college. He is using Cuddle Fairy for his class project. I can’t tell you how honored I was when he asked if he could do an internship with me – in my kitchen. So now, it’s Cuddle Fairy central on my kitchen island. It’s so fun to have him here to help me out & also to chat with. I decided to interview Thomas so you can get to know him!
Without further ado, meet my intern – Thomas Moran!
1. So, Thomas tell us a little about yourself.
I’m really bad with things like this. Hence, I’m single. I’m a 27-year-old visual artist who’s based in the West of Ireland. I’ve decided to broaden my opportunities & go back to college for marketing. I’m proudly Cuddle Fairy’s first intern.
2. What inspired you to become a visual artist?
I’ve always been very creative & was lead into the arts in school. The more I learned about it, the more I found it fascinating. It was like learning another language – how to communicate with someone without words.
3. What is your favorite medium to work with?
Acrylic paint is my favorite. I’m far too indecisive for oil because I’d keep changing it so I’d still be painting the same picture. With acrylic paint, it dries much faster so you need to be more decisive & correct. I also enjoyed dabbling with soap in college. For the installation piece in my final year show I created sculptures from soap & wax.
4. Do you have a favorite piece of artwork that you have done?
My first commissioned piece is my favorite. It is a local landscape.
5. Who inspires you?
Creative people inspire me, such as the Scottish landscape artist Scott Naismith. His landscapes have a dialog between the different elements which adds another dimension to the pieces. I really enjoy contemporary art that has conveyed a message. Claire McCluskey uses simple mediums to create strong visual impacts which carry a subtle but provoking message about the family unit & stability.
6. What made you decide to go back to college for marketing?
When I was studying fine art at the Dublin Institute of Technology, I had a great support system. I was surrounded by my peers who encouraged, critiqued & supported my artwork. When I qualified & left college, the realization of what a solo career this is hit me, also you’ve got to pay the bills. Marketing has parallels to fine art, both are about conveying messages. But, digital marketing is faster, more engaging & interactive than being a solo studio artist. I look forward to working with other people interactively, discussing and promoting different ideas through a completely different medium.
7. What would you like to see yourself doing in ten years?
CEO baby. I’d just like to be somewhere that I can be creative every day.
8. What made you decide to do your internship & project about Cuddle Fairy (besides coffee & gossip)?
It was because of Becky’s amazing understanding of social media & how she’s grown her platform. Her attention to detail for every post & creative thinking makes it a fun environment. And, she makes a mean cup of coffee. (Thank you Thomas)
Now for a few less serious questions…
1. What was the last picture you took on your phone?
I took this photo for Instagram. The watch was a Christmas present from my parents. I have a weird obsession with watches.
2. Wine or beer?
Wine. You can’t beat a deep, rich Merlot or a crisp Sauvignon Blanc.
3. What’s the best compliment you ever received?
That I’m painfully loyal. I take that as quite the compliment.
4. If you had a warning sign posted on you, what would it say?
Don’t knock on my door without wine.
5. If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day – who would it be & why?
Kim Kardashian, so I can learn to take the perfect selfie & buy loads of Thomas Moran originals.
6. Sweet or savory?
Savoury. But I do really like sweet as well.
7. What’s the best holiday you’ve ever been on?
When I traveled for six months with my great friend, Ann Marie. It was a creative booze tour from Africa to Austalia. We did so much & saw so much but the highlights of the trip for me was getting to see my family. We stayed with my cousins in Accar in Ghana, Africa & I finished off my trip with more cousins in Abu Dhabi. The trip made the world feel like a much smaller place for me.
Thanks very much for the interview Thomas! I’m totally taking advantage of his creativity while he’s here & enjoying the company too. I hope you enjoyed getting to know my intern.