We at Rent What? are very proud and excited to introduce the newest member of our ever-growing staff to you. We were lucky enough to have Carrie Johns join our team, as she comes with decades of experience in the theatrical drapery rental/sales industry, and is proving to be an extremely valuable asset to our rental team. We love her upbeat personality, her boundless energy, and of course, her contagious laugh! Please read on to learn a little bit about this incredibly creative (and extremely fun) new member of our Rent What?/Sew What? Family!
When did you first start at Rent What? What were you originally hired to do, and how have your duties changed since working here?
I started in June of 2013, hired into the Rent What? Sales department with over 23 years of experience behind me.
If you could take a vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Paris, definitely Paris! I love its history, theatre, art culture, language and of course its food (pastries, cheese, and wine especially!). YUMM!
What kind of work did you do before coming to Rent What?
I worked as a Rental Sales Consultant at another company (similar to Rent What?) since 1991, and actually helped start that company’s rental department from scratch with the owners. I worked on a lot of local, national and international theatre shows, stage productions, and even trade shows (a LOT of traveller drapes, borders, and legs!).
Do you have a special talent?
Outside of work I’m a Graphic/Abstract Artist. Before working as a Rental Sales Consultant, I worked for a company that created graphic designs for a variety of large companies. Helping make designs for their locations, merchandise, and branding in general was very exciting, and I continue to do it on my own to this day. As far as my abstract artwork, I love to create and design my own CG and acrylic art for fun here in LA.
What is your favorite memory from being part of the Rent What? family?
Everyone is very cool and the atmosphere has a really great energy. I especially love our mascots Crispin and Sweetie–the cutest dogs that ever roamed an office!!
What is your favorite sports team/TV Show/Book/Movie?
Sports Team would have to be the Dodgers (GO DODGER BLUE!)
TV Show at the moment would be Master Chef, but my all-time favorite show would definitely be “Friends”!
Book – Anything about art or art history, especially abstract art
Movie – The 1998 version of “ELIZABETH”
What are some of your hobbies?
Softball, Biking, Bowling, River Rafting, Camping—basically anything outdoors! I also especially love being able to paint and do graphic design at home, too. And finding the best, freshest seafood in LA has also been fun (crab, lobster, shrimp, salmon and sushi especially).
What project have you worked on recently that was interesting or challenging?
I absolutely love working with all of the concert tours that do business with Rent What? year in and year out. They are a whole new clientele that I haven’t worked with much before, so there is definitely a learning curve, but I have a great teacher with company owner Megan Duckett!
Anything more about your time here at RW?
I really love and appreciate the fact that you can be yourself here and contribute your various talents to the company, and it’s wholeheartedly embraced!