- What’s your story? (Name, Age, Birthdate, Hometown, Current Neighborhood, Education, Current Position, Current goals, etc.)
I’m Sam Bush and I’m a fresh 28! My birthday is 2/19. This whole being 28 thing is weird. I’m really in my LATE 20’s now, which is a mental adjustment. I’m from Columbus, Ohio and live in Italian Village. I went to Mount Vernon Nazarene University and studied Art and Graphic Design. I’m currently a Senior Digital Marketing Strategist who also does creative services for social media and email marketing. My goals right now all revolve around growth in knowledge and pushing myself in my career. I have a weird list of career changes over the last about 6 years stringing from waitress to finance to graphic designer and now have really found my place in digital strategy.
- What does your name mean? (Google it, if you never have.)
Samantha – it’s means Listen to God from the Hebrew origin, which is why my parents chose it. It also means good listener.
- Why Columbus?
Columbus? Well I was born and raised here. My family and friends are here. My roots and memories are here. I love this city!
- What’s your motto/mantra?
My current mantra is “Hustle hard girl” or some version of “Everyday I’m hustling.” When I use the word hustle I’m really talking about that constant motion side of it. Not the shady side of hustlin’. Right now, I’m really working on getting in my groove, growing in my career and learning more about myself in the process. Hustling to get what I want in life whether that’s physically, mentally or spiritually.
- Do you have any mentors/sponsors?
As far as supporters go, I have some of the best core girl friends who have been with me through years of growth and change. They are a huge piece of who I am and how I’ve been shaped. It’s an awesome thing to have people who stand behind you, beside you and with you depending on the situation. My mentor would have to be my Dad. He really has taught me how to trust in my gut but also analyze the facts. He is my go to when something huge happens in my life good or bad.
- What’s been the key to your success?
When I think of success, it’s all about personal success. Determination and really taking time to get to know myself has gotten me where I am now. Taking the time to figure out who I am, how my mind works, what I need from other people and what I can give to other people. Those are the things that I’ve really focused on over the last few years, which has shaped me into who I am now. Self-reflection and a strong support system are my keys to success.
- What’s your favorite Happy Hour spot in Columbus?
Oh this is really hard! I am a frequent happy hour girl! It would have to be Marcella’s if I’m feeling classy. A bottle of wine is half off! If it’s just a normal sort of day then Seventh Son Brewing Company. That is my go to spot for any occasion.
- What would you say to the young people who want to take their talents out of Columbus?
Columbus is trending right now! Columbus has been listed in the top up and coming creative cities and also been noted as a technology and start up hot spot. How can you not love that? In addition to the huge companies based out of Columbus, are local businesses rock too. There are so many different pockets in Columbus to explore. But I mean, if you are feeling like moving on, do you. You have to do what’s best for you.
- Favorite Ohio Team:
OSU BUCKEYES! #gobucks My friends do love to make fun of me for not being a huge sports fan but I love the sense of friendship that comes from being a buckeye fan. That and tailgating.
- Local organizations you support:
I volunteer for Columbus Arts Council events as well as the Columbus Arts Festival. I’ve been on the planning committee for a few years helping with the student art section. I also attend Veritas Community Church and do some things through the church.
- They’ve just erected a statue of you in front of the State House. What does it say underneath?
“This statue was craved out of black marble because Sam Bush wouldn’t have it any other way.” Something along those lines.
- Best piece of advice you’ve received?
The best advice I’ve been given would have to be, “Fight your demons and fight them head on.” One of my oldest friends said this to me when I was down and out about some events in my life. She reminded me that in order to become the person I want to be, I have to face the things that scare me the most about myself. I have to figure them out in order to move past them.
- How can we stay connected with you?
You can follow my blog : AmBushedDigital.com where I post articles about Digital Marketing trends and SEO (and soon will be adding in videos as well!!) I’m all over social media! It’s part of my day job and also I just like how it connects people. Instagram is where you’ll see the most me, which is private but follow me on Twitter @AmBushedDigital and then @Sambushed (personal) as well as Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samanthabushoh