Meet Brightly Creative’s Newest Employee: Diego Escala

Posted January 14, 2021 by Alyssa Stahr

We’re officially a six-pack, as this week we welcomed Diego Escala to the Brightly Creative team. A mass communication graduate of the University of South Florida, Diego brings a bevy of talents to the fold both professionally and personally. We asked him a few hard hitting questions about his life’s journey thus far, bringing him to our food and beverage agency. 

What prompted you to go into the field you’re in?

I was originally studying law/psychology to follow in the family footsteps of lawyers when I realized I didn’t really have a passion in those fields, just a mild interest in them. I was venting to my best friend about this over lunch one day and he was (thankfully) brutally honest with me when saying he never understood why I was pursuing that career field when it made more sense for me to study advertising since it’s something I was actually interested in. As silly as it sounds, I guess in my head it never clicked that I could study and have a career in something I was treating as a hobby and was already passionate about.

Tell us about the website you formulated.

MonsterVine is a video game focused site I joined back in 2009 through a recommendation from a mutual friend as I was looking for ways to improve my writing. Since then I’ve grown drastically as a writer, learned a variety of skills like video/audio-editing, was flown out to press events, got to meet some amazing people in the PR industry and helped launch various podcasts. The site itself has turned into a bit of an incubator where we help any aspiring writers who want to get into the games industry by showing them the ropes.

How did you find out about Brightly Creative, and what sparked the interest to apply?

I found out about the company from a mutual friend, Austin Adamson, who recommended I apply if the company seemed like the right fit, and it did! The team had a fun personality that oozed off their bios and the clients seemed like interesting ones to work for, so it was a no-brainer to apply.

What skills do you think you bring to the team?

I like to think I bring a sort of sense of humor and different way of seeing things to the creative work I do and an eagerness to get better at my current skills.

Tell us about the best day of your life. What made it so special?

I think one of the best days of my life was when I flew out to Boston a few years back with my best friend, to go to a convention we’d dreamed of going to for years. It was just a great day of hanging around the convention floor, eating some good Boston food and closing the day out by going to a panel that was being hosted by this website that kickstarted our friendship. It was just an entire day of accomplishing things together we had been wanting to do for ages and really just cemented a lifelong friendship.

If you weren’t in the field you were in, what would you be doing?

If I weren’t doing this I’d definitely be doing something in film. I’ve always had an obsession with movies since I was a kid, from the films themselves to the advertisements for them. It’s partly why I got into drama in school, and continued acting in college in some of my friend’s short films; a sort of way to vicariously live that dream of working in the film industry.

What excites you most about your future, both personally and professionally?

Professionally I’m mainly excited to finally get to start the career I’ve been working toward for years and to grow into it. Personally, what excites me about my future is the same as it’s always been: to find new good food, watch a ton of movies and create as many fun memories with friends as possible.

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