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The Creative Now: A Chat with Cary Hatch, CEO of MDB Communications

by | Mar 20, 2020

By Cade Martin

As a kid I spent many a dinner at a table surrounded by my parents’ friends, an eclectic cast of characters — sculptors, writers, painters, creatives. That thread of creative community has remained in our offices, our teams and our collaborations. But that thread feels thinner in this moment.

So I asked, with the purpose of sharing, and of supporting and caring for this creative community in its current, uncertain reality. I asked what people are doing, how they are feeling, how they are sparking creativity. It feels important to share what we do, when we can’t do it all.

Reaching out first to some of the talented people I’ve had the good fortune to profile though the Capitol Communicator portrait series.  It’s my version of a virtual dinner table of sorts. Grab a chair.

 

Cary Hatch – CEO and Brand Advocate, MDB Communications.

“I’m like a caged bird at the moment. Not lovin’ it! Flying solo “in place” is not inspiring or interesting. Soulless really.”

What, if anything, are you doing differently?

During this time of disruption and uncertainty, I’m practicing gratitude and finding purpose in helping others.

  1. Remaining positive and thankful: for having lived through many challenges before. Tough times are a good teacher— and help guide decisions now and for the near future.
  2. Counselling others: Reaching out to my fellow entrepreneurs and colleagues to be a sounding board and a collaborative spirit to identify alliances, resources and ideas to help them persevere through the current business climate.
  3. Charitable gathering: at home– to donate to Goodwill.

Are you staying creatively active?

My agency colleagues and I are doubling down by working remotely on creative ideas for our clients and friends. It’s what we do; we craft (sometimes radical) ideas to propel others forward – regardless of the headwinds. We’re all pulling together to do our part to contribute to a dramatic bounce-back economy.

How are you sparking yourself creatively?

  1. I’m lifting my spirits with terrific and inspiring books/stories that have been “on my list”- Audible + Podcasts
  2. Helping others—problem solving with restaurateurs and publishers…and discussing promotions, messaging and how to best weather the storm.
  3. Binge watching- NARCOS, Ink Master, Say Yes to the Dress, Bloomberg – The David Rubenstein Show: Peer to Peer Conversations
  4. Travel & Leisure: 12 Museums Around the World, London to Seoul

You can see Cary’s Capitol Communicator profile here.  

About the Author

Cade Martin

The only child of a university art professor and freethinker mother, Cade Martin grew up surrounded by shapes and images. His love of art grew out of summer vacations filled with trips to galleries, museums and art studios. At home he often found himself around the dinner table with an eclectic cast of characters – sculptors, writers and painters. They paraded through his childhood, shaping his art foundation and forming his appreciation for the candid beauty found in people from all walks of life. Cade’s been chasing characters ever since. He seeks out their stories-told through the architecture of their faces or the costumes they wear-whether he’s on a commercial production or setting up an Avedon-like photo booth at Comic Con. They are the heroes in his pictures. His thirst for capturing adventures took its hold while shooting stills on movie sets and then as a photographer for National Geographic covering the railways of India. And it is that sense of adventure that Cade brings to his productions elevating the ordinary to the extraordinary with a cinematic touch. It’s not just a picture. He’s committed to the experience, building beautiful environments and, sometimes for his portraits, simply building trust. A talented storyteller, Cade splits his time between the East and West Coasts creating images for editorial, advertising, fashion, and lifestyle clients

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