What is your name?
Kaitlyn Brooks Wilson
What do you do at NetSource Technologies, and how long have you worked here?
I mainly work on online marketing and social media. I’ve worked here a little less than a month.
Do you have any nicknames?
I go by Kait, but never Katie.
When is your birthday?
Hometown / Where have you lived?
I lived in the same small town of Williston, Fla., where I went to school with the same people from pre-school to high school. After graduation I attended CF in Ocala and volunteered at Meadowbrook Church, so a lot of my friends live over here. After I got my AA degree, I moved to Gainesville, where I started attending the University of Florida. I start my senior year in the fall, then who knows?
When did you become interested in art and design?
I’ve always loved art. One of my paintings was featured at the Cedar Key Art Festival a few years ago.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I love blogging! I’m passionate about writing, so every day I get to write content for NetSource is my favorite work day.
When did you become interested in computers and technology?
Back with AOL Instant Messager! Haha I’m a very social person, so social media played a huge role in developing my love for technology. I love the way the internet connects people and allows us to learn from one another.
What piece of technology could you not live without?
My friends would tell you my phone, because it’s always with me. I’m not someone who misplaces her phone haha!
What do you like to do on the weekends?
As much as I hate to admit it, I have to say I’m usually pretty lazy on the weekends. I like to hang out with my cat and watch Hulu, Netflix or HBOGO. When I do make plans, I like to go adventuring. Spontaneous road trips are kind of my thing.
Do you have any hobbies?
Other than social media, traveling and writing, I love singing. I’m THAT person who knows every word of every song and sings them (LOUDLY) in the car along with dance moves — at least I’m good, right? I’ve been taking voice lessons on and off since I was four, so it’s a very large part of my life. It’s always been a really important outlet for me; a great quote that sums it up is this:
“Sometimes when I sing, I close my eyes. There’s harmony in every breath I take; the drums become my pulse, the melody is the flow of my blood. This is what it means to lose yourself in music, to become a symphony of notes and rests and measures.”
What are your top three moments in your life so far?
I really enjoy the little things, like snuggling up with my momma and spending the afternoon talking with her, or hearing my daddy speak clearly for the first time after his stroke. One really huge achievement though, is getting accepted to UF. I’m pretty sure dogs could hear my excited screams from miles away.
What is your favorite color?
Blue — you won’t catch me wearing much orange at a Gator game.
What is your favorite food / drink?
There’s this place in Gainesville called ReggaeShack Café that has amazing oxtail. I know it sounds repulsive, but I’m convinced they serve oxtail with beans and rice, steamed cabbage and plantains in heaven. I always pair it with a strawberry coconut smoothie; there’s nothing better.
What is your favorite musician or type of music?
My favorite musician is Ed Sheeran. He’s an incredible artist. He writes his own music and doesn’t use a band, but implements a pedal and layers each part of the music live. My favorite band is Bethel Music, a worship team based out of California. Their harmonies on The Loft Sessions album are perfect and they worship so freely — like how we’ll worship in heaven. After you’ve listened to both of those artists, you’ll be able to tell my favorite style of music is acoustic.
What is your favorite sport? Do you have a favorite team?
I LOVE baseball. I know a lot of people think it’s boring, but I find it exciting. My brother and I both played year-round growing up, so it’s a family sport. My go-to team is the Florida Gators. I grew up just 15 minutes from Gainesville, my grandpa works for the football team and my cousin pitched for their softball team, so I’ve always loved the Gators (And despised the Noles).
What are your favorite TV shows?
Game of Thrones. It’s hands down the best show in television. Some of my other favorites include The O.C., Nashville and The Following. I know — that’s a wide range of interests. The internet can’t decide what ads to recommend for me.
What are your favorite movies?
Most of my favorite movies include Julia Roberts. I’ve grown up watching her movies with my mom, and my favorites include Something to Talk About, Runaway Bride and Pretty Woman. I also really like Superstar, A Knight’s Tale, A Cinderella Story and all of the Harry Potter movies.
What are your favorite books / magazines?
I just finished The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. It gutted me. My favorite book is Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. She’s also my favorite author; I’ve read all of her books. I don’t usually read magazines, but when I do it’s an Anthropologie catalog.
What are your favorite websites or blogs?
My favorite website is BuzzFeed. My friends are constantly getting links to posts I find hilarious. I also really love the page Humans of New York on Facebook. The photographer captures the essence of the people and translates their thoughts in a way that makes me feel like I know people I’ve never met.
Twitter or Facebook? (and why)
Twitter. Facebook is constantly 1) people complaining about their life, 2) people making their lives sound greater than they are, and 3) people asking questions they could just Google. On Twitter, people are much more honest, and everything moves very quickly.
Tell us about your family!
My family is everything to me. I was blessed with great parents; they’re the best people I know and they’re celebrating their 27th anniversary in August! I have a (big) little brother, who’s two years younger than me, yet towers over me by a whole foot, and is obsessed with fitness. I’ve learned that as I age, he’s less of an annoying little brother and more my built-in buddy.
Do you have any pets?
I have a kitty, Nashville, who acts more like a dog than a cat. He greets me at the door, follows me from room to room, likes water, plays hide-and-seek, and fetch.
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I don’t have a particular spot in mind. I’m naturally nomadic, so I’m always on-the-go, planning my next trip, and I want to get across the pond. If I weren’t so fond of my family, I’d move overseas and never come back.
If you couldn’t be a public relations professional anymore, what career would you pursue?
If I could, I’d sing for a living. Sometimes I think about pursuing it, but I don’t think I’d want my paycheck to vary based on fads.
If you could choose to have any superpower, what would it be?
I’d want to be able to use 100 percent of my brain. There’s so much we learn that we don’t remember or have access to, and I think it’d be incredible if I could. I’d mainly use it to master every instrument.
How do you think technology and/or web design will change in the next 10-20 years?
So much has already changed! Because our culture is so obsessed with instant gratification, things are going to get much more quick than they already are. I hope we don’t stop connecting with each other, though.
What tips would you give to a business that is just starting out with their first website?
Show the culture of your business! People want to see the experience, so build a brand, not just a website.