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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EPISODE #22 || Docia Nartey-Koram, Senior Talent Acquisition Manager at AKQA

EPISODE #22 || Docia Nartey-Koram, Senior Talent Acquisition Manager at AKQA

Docia brings warmth, wit, and tons of actionable advice that will help anyone find their next job. Hear about how to differentiate yourself when you're just starting out, smart questions you should ask a recruiter in your next interview, and why approaching industry people at local events is a half-open door. 

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EPISODE #21 || Kristen Corbisiero, Integrated Media Planning Manager at Wavemaker (formerly MEC)

EPISODE #21 || Kristen Corbisiero, Integrated Media Planning Manager at Wavemaker (formerly MEC)

Kristen opens up and passes on insightful wisdom well beyond her years in the industry. Hear about why we should kill the word "networking," how she's risen quickly within her team, and her theory on why being open with your coworkers about what’s going on outside of work helps with work-life balance.

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EPISODE #19 || Lalita Salgaokar, Senior Copywriter, Journalist at Campaign US, and Teacher at Miami Ad School

EPISODE #19 || Lalita Salgaokar, Senior Copywriter, Journalist at Campaign US, and Teacher at Miami Ad School

Lalita's trifecta of titles means she's chock full of useful advice to share from her unique perspective. Hear about how to vent your frustrations while avoiding the negativity swirl, the importance of a Fuck Off Fund, and what it's like being a contributing writer to some of the industry's biggest trades (and how you can be one too!). 

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EPISODE #18 || Brian Hathaway, Director of Business Development at Canvas United

EPISODE #18 || Brian Hathaway, Director of Business Development at Canvas United

Brian gives us a look into the world of new business in an interview recorded during our NYC trip. Hear about his career shift from investment banking, why relationships and timing are everything, and the best pitch techniques he's picked up over the years. You'll find that there are a lot of parallels between winning new business and landing a job!

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EPISODE #17 || Reese McGillie, VP of Experience Analytics at Merkle

EPISODE #17 || Reese McGillie, VP of Experience Analytics at Merkle

Reese is a badass. What else would you call a female person of color without a college degree who's become a leader in one of the most in-demand fields in the industry? Hear about how creativity is used in Analytics, platforms and resources for those interested in data, and how Analytics is helping the industry's Diversity & Inclusion efforts.  

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EPISODE #16 || Daniel Viedma, Associate Technical Director at Firstborn

EPISODE #16 || Daniel Viedma, Associate Technical Director at Firstborn

Daniel started as a software engineer in Barcelona before diving into advertising in NYC with positions at ROKKAN, R/GA, and currently Firstborn. Hear about the role of the Tech team within agencies, building digital products vs. digital campaigns, and his mindset when applying for a visa. For anyone interested in the tech side of the industry, this one's for you.

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EPISODE #15 || Kathryn Kvas (Senior Copywriter at BBDO) & Vignesh Seshadri (Art Director at Droga5), Founders of Young Shits

EPISODE #15 || Kathryn Kvas (Senior Copywriter at BBDO) & Vignesh Seshadri (Art Director at Droga5), Founders of Young Shits

In a special two-person interview, we sat down with Kat and Vig to get to know the creatives behind Young Shits. Hear about how they overcame their introverted natures to land a job at Droga5 through networking, their advice as former international students, and tips on entering student ad competitions.

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