Name/Title: Emman Jemuel R. Velos – Demand Generation Content Writer
Home office: Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines
Family and pets: We started our little family last year. My wife and I got married February 8, 2020. We were instantly blessed with twin daughters, Aaliyah and Ayeisha who were born the same year.
Start date at Thrive: October 1, 2020
How did you get started with Content Writing?
I’m actually a licensed Chemical Engineer. After I got my license, I helped my wife, who was still my girlfriend at the time, writing content for a website she was working on. More opportunities presented themselves in content writing so I knew that this was where God wanted me to be.
What do you love about working for Thrive so far?
I am in awe of the work culture. We all work remotely and yet everyone understands their role. I’ve never met any of the people here in person and yet they’re so friendly. I feel like I can be close friends with all of them.
When you’re not at work, how do you spend your time?
I spend most of my time playing with my baby daughters, taking care of them and my wife. Other than that, I spend all day binge watching Jeopardy, Seinfeld reruns, or anything interesting on Netflix and Amazon.
If you could turn anything into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance of winning a gold medal for?
If being a know-it-all was an Olympic sport, I’d be in the Hall of Fame.
What would be your karaoke go-to song and what setting would we likely find you singing it in?
I got three. Tupac Shakur’s Changes, The Killers’ Mr. Brightside, and Frank Sinatra’s The Way You Look Tonight. You’d find me at a karaoke bar with my cousins and extended family.
If you could be any character from any book or movie, who would you be?
Dwight Schrute from The Office. Even though he comes off as stiff and unpleasant, he’s uncompromising when it comes to his beliefs, unwilling to bend the rules for anyone, and above all, ambitious. Oh, and he’s a great public speaker, too.
Where did you grow up and what is special about that place?
I grew up in Camp Phillips, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. A small community with an “American suburb” vibe because it was built by Americans who built a pineapple production company in the 1920s. I love it because it was a cool place (literally and figuratively). Everyone in our neighborhood knew each other. We grew up together and would celebrate events as a community.
If you were in a room with three billionaires, what would you ask them and why?
I’d ask them “how did you earn your first million and how did you spend it?”
If you could invite three people to dinner (dead or alive), who would be at the table and why?
Three of the people I idolize most are Kanye West (music and fashion), LeBron (sports and empire-building), and Dave Chappelle (comedy and all-around good conversationalist). I would imagine Kanye to be “interesting”, to say the least. LeBron would be inspirational. And Dave, well, he’s fun to talk to no matter what topic.