EPISODE #39 || Eli Altman, Creative Director at A Hundred Monkeys

EPISODE #39 || Eli Altman, Creative Director at A Hundred Monkeys

Eli joins us to talk about naming, branding, and running a creative studio. Hear about why naming is more complicated than you think, the importance of guiding someone through your creative process, what you should put in your portfolio, and why we should seek out weird shit as inspiration.

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EPISODE #38 || Nika Rastakhiz, Strategy Director at Anomaly

EPISODE #38 || Nika Rastakhiz, Strategy Director at Anomaly

Nika Rastakhiz, Strategy Director at Anomaly, shares especially insightful advice and her love of planning in a conversation about all thing strategy. Hear about her hypothesis on why strategy is especially hard to break into, why you don't necessarily need a strategy portfolio, qualities of stand-out interns she's worked with (who got hired!), the stigma surrounding LA and why she’s never worked harder in her career.

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EPISODE #37 || Lauren Walker, Media Supervisor at Crispin Porter + Bogusky

EPISODE #37 || Lauren Walker, Media Supervisor at Crispin Porter + Bogusky

Lauren Walker, Media Supervisor at Crispin Porter + Bogusky, brings tons of useful advice and tells us what's what in the world of media, drawing from her experience working in creative agencies, media agencies, and ad tech. Hear examples of how media can drive creative, why working in ad tech is a great way to get to an agency role, plus key media-related terms you should know—including one that will make you stand out if used in an interview!

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EPISODE #36 || Michael Benjamin, Creative Director at Anthem Branding

EPISODE #36 || Michael Benjamin, Creative Director at Anthem Branding

Michael comes to us from the world of visual branding, sharing his experience from 20+ years of being a bonafide design nerd. Hear about the process of creating a visual brand identity, personal branding and resume tips from the class he teaches at CU Boulder, and being a creative of color in a city not known for its diversity (and the case for sticking it out).

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EPISODE #35 || Meaghan Diamond, VP, Creative Recruiter at MullenLowe LA

EPISODE #35 || Meaghan Diamond, VP, Creative Recruiter at MullenLowe LA

Meaghan gives us a peek behind the recruiting curtain, helping us understand what she actually looks for when searching for high quality talent. Hear her super specific resume and portfolio tips, how to make a good impression during an interview, her mantra of ABR (Always Be Recruiting) and what that means for talent, and why just applying to a job application online usually won't cut it.

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EPISODE #34 || Carolina Treviño, Digital Producer at the Ad Council

EPISODE #34 || Carolina Treviño, Digital Producer at the Ad Council

Carolina went from studying art direction to working in digital production at the Ad Council, helping to bring campaigns like Love Has No Labels and Seize The Awkward to life. Hear about the hard and soft skills needed to work in digital production, tips on managing multiple projects at once, and her super inspirational realization that we shouldn't constrain ourselves or our dreams while in college.

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EPISODE #33 || Heidi Singleton, Chief Creative Officer at New Honor Society

EPISODE #33 || Heidi Singleton, Chief Creative Officer at New Honor Society

Heidi Singleton, Chief Creative Officer at female-led New Honor Society, brings the agency's ethos of "Less Sell, More Soul" to life in this week's episode. Hear about how to differentiate your portfolio, things that tell her a candidate is a good hire, tips on making your voice heard in rooms full of strong ones, and the importance of defining what success looks like in your career.

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EPISODE #32 || Bennett Bennett, Staff Writer at The Drum

EPISODE #32 || Bennett Bennett, Staff Writer at The Drum

Bennett digs deep, pulling from his experience coming up as a creative of color in NYC, working as a copywriter, and his bird's eye view from covering the industry as a Staff Writer at The Drum. Hear about how volunteering got him into some of the biggest conferences and events, making sure your employer is as invested in you as you are in them, and the lack of middle management of color—and what it means for jr. talent.

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EPISODE #31 || Sharon Panelo & Kim Mackenzie, Partners & Principal Strategists at Ripley Strategy

EPISODE #31 || Sharon Panelo & Kim Mackenzie, Partners & Principal Strategists at Ripley Strategy

Sharon Panelo and Kim Mackenzie, Partners & Principal Strategists at Ripley Strategy, bring their boss selves and years of experience to the podcast. Hear about creating your own opportunities, building good habits to avoid burnout (while still working your ass of as junior talent), new ways of working, and the importance of communities in your career. Bonus: why their agency is named after Ellen Ripley from Alien (how awesome is that??).

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EPISODE #30 || Leif Eng, Associate Brand Manager - Esports at Riot Games

EPISODE #30 || Leif Eng, Associate Brand Manager - Esports at Riot Games

Leif started his career when he joined Natalie's team as a Strategy Intern at Firstborn. A few years later, he's moved up and over to the brand side in the explosive world of gaming and Esports. Hear about the perception of advertising and what we actually make for clients, realizing there's no perfect answers in strategy, and how to leave an agency the right way.

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EPISODE #29 || Christof Meyer, Senior Director - Practice Head - Financial & Institutional Innovation at Egg Strategy

EPISODE #29 || Christof Meyer, Senior Director - Practice Head - Financial & Institutional Innovation at Egg Strategy

Christof takes us behind the scenes of innovation strategy as a practice and profession that's closely tied to the work that brands and agencies do. Hear about why the “dull” industries are the ones that need the most help and yield the biggest impact, the best way to sell innovative ideas to clients, and building trust and landing the crazy cool briefs by leaning into the day-to-day serving of your clients—even the sometimes annoying stuff. He provides a ton of actual examples throughout, making this episode a great primer on the assignments and conversations happening within agencies. 

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EPISODE #28 || Julie Matheny, Associate Creative Director at Droga5

EPISODE #28 || Julie Matheny, Associate Creative Director at Droga5

Julie worked with Natalie at the same agency when they were both really junior, and is now an Associate Creative Director at Droga5, pumping out award-winning work with her team (such as the, "Did You Mean...MailChimp?" campaign and the amazing New York Times "He Said, She Said" ad). Hear about adjusting your voice as a copywriter, learning from every agency you work at (even the ones where you have a bad experience), and why you shouldn’t feel pressure when you see where people you graduate with get a job.

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EPISODE #27 || Felix Ng, Co-Founder of Anonymous

EPISODE #27 || Felix Ng, Co-Founder of Anonymous

Felix fell into starting his own design studio 13 years ago, and has been figuring it out ever since. Hear his perspective on the importance of designers who read, translating what we do creatively into something that clients can understand, A Design Film Festival (started by Anonymous in 2010), and the creative explosion in Asia (specifically Shanghai and Bangkok).

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EPISODE #26 || Jocelyn S. Lai, Principal & Founder at jsl talent consulting

EPISODE #26 || Jocelyn S. Lai, Principal & Founder at jsl talent consulting

Jocelyn recruited talent at some of the industry's biggest agencies (like Droga5 and R/GA) before founding her own business, jsl talent consulting. Hear about how she lost everything she worked for at the start of her career, how to build a personal brand, and the biggest mistakes she sees when people apply to jobs. In the thick of internship application season, you don't want to miss this episode!

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EPISODE #25 || Anthony Roberts, Freelance Associate Creative Director and Full-Time Writer

EPISODE #25 || Anthony Roberts, Freelance Associate Creative Director and Full-Time Writer

Anthony drops some of the best advice as only he can—from the perspective of an Associate Creative Director (formerly at R/GA on Nike), journalist (he's written for Esquire and Billboard), and published writer. Hear about getting the most out of your conversations with others, using and reframing the time you're not working full-time (like when you're trying to find a job) to make you more valuable, and building resilience as a creative.

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EPISODE #24 || Marissa Deslatte, Chair of Ad 2 National & Senior Corporate Brand Manager
 at Nobilis Health Corp.

EPISODE #24 || Marissa Deslatte, Chair of Ad 2 National & Senior Corporate Brand Manager
 at Nobilis Health Corp.

Marissa joins us to talk about working in Media on the agency-side vs. the client-side, the resources, real-world experience and chance to give back available to junior talent through Ad 2, and how to take control of your own advancement. Plus, don't miss our very special and exciting announcement!

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