Though I’m really awesome at complaining, I don’t have much to complain about when it comes to my job. Since I probably spend like 9 million hours a week consuming entertainment (mostly TV, but I do read) this is a dream come true and there are very few things I’d like to do more. Not to mention, the people I work with are as cool (or dorky, depending on how you look at it) as I am. Not only do we discuss shows like Happy Endings, Breaking Bad, and Homeland at length, everyone (save one mean person) shares my love of dogs and other cute animals. Videos of inter-species friendships are a big deal around here, though not nearly as exciting as office visits from furry friends like Francois.
However, if I did have to find one (or two) things that I don’t love about my job, I’d have to say coming up with character names and titles for new projects. Naming things is hard and a title can totally make or break a project (shout out to my guilty pleasure, Make It Or Break It). There’s so much pressure to find that perfect, fitting name for something…
Don’t worry, this is all going somewhere — which is that last year my boyfriend and I finally got a dog. We’d talked about it for a while (ie: I plead my case as to why a dog was essential for our lives) and I even told him that when (not if) we got one, he could name it. Which would be a win-win for me since, as I said, I hate naming things. When we met our dog he had the placeholder name “Elvis.” Though my boyfriend’s not an Elvis Presley fan at all, the name suited our puppy so well that we had to keep it. Now, when people ask, we say he’s named for Elvis Costello. Either way, Elvis’s musical name turned out to be truly fitting because….ELVIS IS A MUSICIAN. Well he strums the guitar. We’re currently trying to teach him a full song, until then, check out this montage of him strumming away.
So, what do you think of Elvis’ musical skills? Tell us in the comments and feel free to share your own pet naming stories!
Katie Schwartz is a Creative Executive at Alloy Entertainment. She watches too much TV and spends too much time teaching her dog weird tricks, like how to play the guitar.