We caught up with our busy friend Ian Potter this week to chat about how he spends his varied workdays and weekends. Ian is self employed, so no two days are ever the same and change depending on when and where the job takes him.
When he's not being a creative whizz and taking some cracking photos for work, he's being dad to two lovely kids, a super cute black spaniel and mountain biking throughout Perthshire. Graphic designer, photographer, Perthshire lover and all round good guy, Ian is a #SmallCityFave!
1. What does a typical day at work look like for you?
My day varies somewhat as I am both a designer and a photographer. In the morning I work for the social enterprise “Giraffe” in the city centre taking care of their social media, website and design needs. After lunch I’m home to do some of my own work and catching up on emails. Then it’s off to walk the dog and pick the kids up from school.
Weekends are usually spent photographing weddings or local events. I love working with small businesses and have been lucky enough to cover all of Muckmedden’s mountain bike events, including their Perth-based Fair City Enduro.
2. What signals the start of your weekend / days off?
My online Google diary is my work life – if something isn’t in the diary, I won’t be there! So I’d say that the longest period of “nothing” in that diary is my only indicator of time off.
3. What makes for a perfect night in?
Normally I spend a night in on the Playstation or catching up with Netflix shows such as Daredevil or Jessica Jones.
4. What makes for a memorable day or night out?
If I’m out, it’s usually at a gig. I love live music. Saw Terrorvision late last year for the 2nd time and they just owned the stage. Skindred are playing Edinburgh soon – I’ll be there. Mountain Biking is something else I love to do and helps the stress levels no end.
5. Tell us about the weekend you’d love to live again?
I’m not really one for looking backwards. I like making new memories. That said, there was a year at the Download Festival that everything just rocked. Some great bands, some amazing company. Good times!
6. And now your best ever day at work?
I used to work for the newspapers and they put on this big get together through in Glasgow. They even put on a bus for us to get there and back! The food was free... the drink was free... I believe there was some kind of presentation by the board but I can’t confirm that!
7. Any workday or weekend rituals?
Friday night is normally late-night gaming night with a couple of drinks, followed by a sleep-in on Saturday. This doesn’t happen during wedding season though.
8. What’s in the perfect day off breakfast?
Everything! Actually the best breakfast I’ve ever had was the Aberdeen Hilton buffet. How they make the haggis so light and fluffy I’ll never know. Let’s assume it’s some kind of voodoo!
9. Any words of wisdom for us?
Go out. I don’t mean to the pub. Go drive up Glen Lyon, visit Glen Lednock... See Scotland!
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