I took a trip to corporate last week and tracked down The Hippie. I interviewed this guy a couple of months ago and apparently people really took to him. (Here’s the post.) Due to his intense popularity in the mortgage and Woodstock crowd, and due to the fact that the dude is ca-razy, he’ll be a regular from here on out.
This Hurts Me More Than You
An Interview with Envoy Mortgage’s very own Hippie, Shaun Brennan
Just the Assistant: Hey Shaun! Okay, the last time we spoke, you had just landed a gig promoting some tambourine player’s album. Is that still going on? Did you promote the album?
[JTA Note: Yes, Shaun is a mortgage banker (a really good one – seriously). And yes, he has other “side jobs”.]
Hippie Shaun: Yes! That’s going really well.
JTA: Did you ever figure out how to promote his work? What did you do?
Shaun: Well he’s already really popular, so –
JTA (spit flying out of mouth due to intense laughter): Yeah, I listen to him like all the time! (wipes spit off Shaun’s desk)
Shaun (annoyed): He’s popular in the music crowd.
JTA: He probably is. I only listen to NPR, so I wouldn’t know either way.
Shaun: Well anyway, I have a plan for how to make him go platinum.
JTA: No way! Let’s hear it.
Shaun: So I’ve got about 150 people who I’d call close friends. I plan to convince each of them to buy 150 copies of this album.
JTA: Well that makes total sense. I know when I like a band, I’m all the time buying like 150 copies of their album. Same with books. I buy twelve of each book I like.
Shaun: Exactly! Because who wants to listen to the same copy of an album? No, you listen to one copy, and then throw it out and listen to the next one.
JTA: Totally! (Pauses for drama) Let’s hope the tambourine player doesn’t read my blog. Okay Shaun, other than that, how are you?
Shaun: Oh man, I’m good. Going on vacation tomorrow –
JTA: What? Where?
Shaun: Playa De Carmen. It’s The Circle of Excellence Trip.
[JTA Note: The Circle of Excellence is this stupid trip Envoy Mortgage hosts each year for its top mortgage bankers. Envoy Mortgage has, for five years in a row now, denied me access to this trip despite repeated pleas and pitches on my part to attend as the official blogger.]
JTA (squinting): That’s awesome! So awesome that Envoy is letting you go on this trip. This trip that I have tried to attend for five years. Really, it’s so awesome.
Shaun (shifting in chair): Should be fun.
JTA: So listen, when you go on trips like this, do you get trashed and dance on the tables?
Shaun (pausing and looking at a spot on the wall while pondering his reply): I –
JTA: Dude! You paused for way too long. Like, you totally weren’t just saying “no way – not me!”
Shaun (smiling): Let’s put it this way. I like to have fun. And I also really like to dance, but not always on tables. Sometimes on tables though.
JTA: You’re crazy! You know this interview is to make people want to send you business, right?
Shaun (totally not caring if I send him business): It reminds me of this one time –
(Shaun’s phone rings)
JTA: Go ahead.
Shaun: Nah, it’s just a buddy of mine.
JTA: Oh my gosh then please answer. I’ve got to hear this.
[JTA Note: I’m not kidding, y’all. I wrote down what I heard him say verbatim…]
Shaun: Hey man…You still raising chickens?…You still bringing me some eggs?…Okay we’re doing a slumber party for Black Angels show, right?… I want to hire you pretty soon. I need a couple websites…Could be ten days, could be ten years… I need to know soon and am planning our Galveston trip around that…Alright man…Peace.
JTA: Do you say “peace” when you hang up with clients?
Shaun: Sometimes accidentally.
JTA: Hey, speaking of mixing your hippie friends with clients, I have this great business idea for you. Why don’t you tell all your hundreds of hippie friends, “Hey! I can get you home loans!” I don’t understand why you don’t mix the two lives.
Shaun: Hippies usually have terrible credit. But I actually have done six or seven loans for musicians, and those guys have no idea about finance.
JTA: Ha! They’re all, “Uh, I made twenty bucks last night playing the drums on the street. Does that count?”
Shaun: But I don’t promote this business in that crowd. I have another business I market to that group.
JTA: Oh no. What is it, Shaun?
Shaun: It’s my record label.
JTA: Of course you’d have a record label. Of course.
Shaun (nodding, like it’s a totally normal thing to have a record label): Called Splice of Life Productions.
JTA: Do you like animals?
Shaun: I have a cat. I don’t like the idea of owning animals though. I watched this PETA documentary and I really got what they were saying, about not domesticating animals. Animals should be free. But I already had the cat before watching the documentary.
JTA (laughing hysterically at the joke I’m about to make. Holds hand in the position of holding and shooting a shotgun): Boom!
Shaun (laughing with me and holding his hand like he’s shooting a pistol sideways like they do in gangs): This is going to hurt me more than it hurts you, Fluffy!
JTA (laughing even more hysterically but not having another joke to top this with): Oh man that’s hilarious. Hey listen, I have something to show you. You’re going to love this. (proudly handing Shaun my phone)
I’m washing my hair with baking soda now! I’m so hippie!
Shaun (studying picture): Oh yeah! You could have gone organic, but whatever…
JTA: You shut your mouth, Shaun Brennan. I’m saving the world here. Okay, listen, man…we have a lot more to talk about, but I’ve got to wrap this up because there is only so much someone will read of a mortgage blog. So you get back to your loans, and we’ll pick this back up later this week.
Okay readers, please come back on Thursday because Shaun ended up telling me about this horrible hobby he has that you all really need to hear about. Until then, I’m off to cuddle with my non-PETA cat, Harold, and Shaun’s off to shoot out a few home loans (and possibly his cat).