Over 360 Volusioneers make up the team behind our ecommerce platform. That’s a large number, which makes it hard to put a face on – but with our new Employee Spotlight series, we’re giving it a go. Each post in the series will highight individual Volusioneers. We’ll learn more about their lives – both professional and personal – and get a glimpse into what gets them going. We recently sat down with Search Marketing Specialist Ryan Gurian, here's what he had to say!
What do you do here at Volusion?
I work with the awesome geniuses in the SEO department, helping to optimize content on clients' pages so the Google Gods shine down on us, and prominently show off everyone's hard work.
How did you get into the field?
I've been a writer since I was a kid, when I'd script imaginary wrestling matches based on who was huge in the WWE (WWF at the time). From there, I wrote and wrote and wrote until I found a way to make a living out of it. Initially, I pursued writing comedy for television and was given many great opportunities that I'll never forget. Eventually, my attention was drawn to advertising and marketing. I enrolled in classes in New York City, learned how to write copy for business, and felt the pull of Austin, Texas shortly after.
What’s the most challenging thing about your job?
Learning about the multitude of industries our amazing clients are a part of. I'll be reading up on chocolate chip cookies at 9 a.m., plumbing supplies at 1 p.m., and guns at 4 p.m. I know nothing about any of these subjects, but I love the challenge of tapping into our clients and their customers to get a better idea. (For the record, I do not advise combining chocolate chip cookies, plumbing supplies, and guns into one mega-hobby. The results may be disastrous. Please learn each three separately--like I did.)
What are you most proud of in your career? What about outside of your career?
I'm proud of being able to write for a living. I know it may sound cliche, but a lot of us are told to find the thing we love most, and figure out a way to make a living doing it. I'm incredibly grateful that I found something I love to do, strive to get better at every day, and make a living doing it.
Outside of my career, I am very proud of the fact that I uprooted myself from Brooklyn, and planted myself in Austin. I've never lived anywhere else in my life aside from New York City. To simply get in the car and drive thousands of miles from my home was exciting, nerve-racking, adventurous, unpredictable, and provided a culture shock so huge you could base an 80's slapstick comedy on it. I still don't always know how to function in a state like Texas, but I'm proud of how well I'm handling the transition.
What do you love most about Volusion?
The people, the ice cream, and all those dogs on Fridays! Whatup, dogs!
What’s the first thing you do when you get off work?
I like to slip into a velvet robe and sip on a fine-aged bourbon on my balcony, while I watch the sun set to a Chopin symphony. (Na, just kidding. I meet with my friends for tacos or drinks, like everyone else.)
What do you like to do in your spare time?/ What are your hobbies?
I love going to comedy shows, movies, restaurants--I like being entertained and tapping into the creativity of others. I've also recently begun recording a podcast with a fantastic duo of producers (it'll be available to download some time in September). I enjoy cooking, too, and will put my Northeastern, city-slickin' Yankee chili recipe against the best of 'em down here in Texas!
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Craziest thing I've ever done? Ye gads, what is this--an application of MTV's The Real World? Um, I don't know? The year after I graduated college I woke up one morning, withdrew whatever money I had in a savings account, and hopped on trains across the country. That's pretty crazy, I guess.
Where are you going on your next vacation?
France! Oui oui!
If you could open an online store, what would you sell?
Framed prints and designed merchandise featuring the art from all the amazingly creative and inventive artists I've met throughout the years.