TA Behind The Scenes: Meet Max Meinhardt, aka MEKM

Max Meinhardt

Max Meinhardt is known for many things in our Ticket Alternative family: being one of the loudest employees in the building, his knack for designing his own T-shirts with his own custom logo, and starting the ever-famous Gossip Girl Wednesdays during our lunch hour here at the TA headquarters. He’s also a fantastic client service representative for our e-commerce brands TA Ticket Printing and EventWristbands.com. Read below to learn more about Max and all the awesome ways he contributes to our company!

What exactly do you do for Ticket Alternative’s companies TA Ticket Printing and EventWristbands.com?

In the world of TA Ticket Printing, I work as a Client Service Representative. I help customers decide what ticket style works best and what they should actually print on their customized ticket. In the world of EventWristbands.com, I spend my day working with customer’s custom wristband orders. I help them take their ideas and make them a reality.

What has been your proudest moment while working at Ticket Alternative?

Well that’s an easy one: I started Gossip Girl Wednesdays. Now, just in case the name doesn’t say it all, every Wednesday at lunch, we all sit down and watch one of the best TV shows, Gossip Girl. It chronicles the complicated lives of New York’s Upper East Side Elite, and what one family, the Humphrys, has to do to break into the lives of those elites. While it was advertised as a show for teenage girls, anyone can dive in and learn to love the cast. Will Dan and Serena stop caring about their parents’ love affair? Can Blair and Chuck finally admit they love each other? Is Dorota actually Gossip Girl? Tune in every Wednesday at Ticket Alternative to find out!

If you could be another person for one day, who would you be and why?

Jason Mesnick – aka the star of The Bachelor Season 13. For those of you who don’t know, I have created a workout regiment/lifestyle choice called “Road to Bachelor.” My plan is to prepare to get on The Bachelor when I turn 30. Once on the TV show, America can watch me fall in love with the future Mrs. Max Meinhardt.

When you’re not at work, how do you like to spend your free time?

I spend my time drawing, writing/composing music, playing video games, attempting to catch up on all the tv shows I’m behind on, and I also occasionally make youtube videos.

What are your top three favorite video games?

1stSonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles for Sega Genesis. This game is number one simply because Sonic the Hedgehog was my gateway into the world of videogames. Once I played my first sonic game, I was hooked. This game here represents the best of what Sonic has to offer: smart level design, satisfying gameplay, and a killer soundtrack. Speaking of the soundtrack, Michael Jackson actually worked on it a little bit. Don’t believe me? Listen to his song “Stranger in Moscow” and then the “Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Credit Theme.”

2nd favoriteEarthbound for Super Nintendo. It’s a Role Playing Game (RPG) game with a relatively simple concept (save the world from an evil alien sent from the future), but what makes it my number one pick is the setting. Instead of taking place in your standard, clichéd fantasy/futuristic video game world, the game takes place in a stylized version of America. Instead of fighting skeletons and dragons with swords and bows, you fight hippies and giant ants with baseball bats, frying pans, and bottle rockets. When your health gets low, just go to the mall and buy a hamburger or pizza. It’s a game that isn’t scared to be weird, and that makes me love it even more.

3rd favoriteToy Commander for Sega Dreamcast – In this game, you take control of various vehicles (tanks, jets, helicopters, trucks, etc) and you go around completing various missions. The catch is that you are playing as toy versions of these vehicles, and all your missions take place inside of a house. I love this game because it lets me re-live all those different scenarios I used to get into with my Micromachines and action figures. One mission you are having a dog fight in the family room, next, you are driving a truck down a drain in the bathroom sink to fight a Cockroach that kidnaped your helicopter.

What’s on your current music playlist?

I’ve been currently rotating between various live recordings of DJ sets from EDM festivals and Taylor Swift’s 1989. That album has yet to leave my cd player since it was released last October.

Name one artist that inspires you.

Kanye West – While this might sound ridiculous at first, he has to be the most confident artist out there now. Obviously, being that confidant isn’t always a good thing, but learning to harness a fraction of his confidence, would do wonders. Plus, on top of that, I think he is insanely talented at producing music for himself/other artists.

What upcoming Ticket Alternative event are you most excited for?

Echosmith at The Loft on Feb. 24. I mean, don’t we all just want to be one of the Cool Kids….seriously though, I love how catchy their music is. Definitely looking forward to that show.

What’s the weirdest/funniest thing you’ve heard around the office?

The best thing I have heard around the office is Robbie Smith’s “special cough.” It sounds like a mix between an elephant and a seagull. No matter the time or place, when I hear him bust that out, I’m almost in tears from laughing.

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