EPISODE #49 || Thas Naseemuddeen, Partner, Chief Strategy Officer and Managing Director at Omelet

EPISODE #49 || Thas Naseemuddeen, Partner, Chief Strategy Officer and Managing Director at Omelet

Thas Naseemuddeen, Partner, Chief Strategy Officer and Managing Director at Omelet, brightens the podcast with her genuine love of what she does and useful takeaways from her career. Hear about the innate traits of strategists, one of the biggest conversations about talent development that no one is talking about, why brand positioning today is anything but "traditional," and the art and science of getting to an insight (without getting formulaic about it).

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EPISODE #48 || Erin Holcomb, Copywriter at Rodgers Townsend & Angela Bode, Art Director at Rodgers Townsend

EPISODE #48 || Erin Holcomb, Copywriter at Rodgers Townsend & Angela Bode, Art Director at Rodgers Townsend

Erin and Angela, creative team at Rodgers Townsend, reflect on how they got their starts (very differently!) and careers to date, including last year's Gold Cannes Young Lions win and trip to the festival. Hear about why there are no real missteps when navigating your career, how they get to their best ideas, their experience entering and winning a Gold Cannes Young Lions award, and why we shouldn't be afraid to start over. 

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EPISODE #45 || Jennifer Barclay, Associate Creative Director at Moxie

EPISODE #45 || Jennifer Barclay, Associate Creative Director at Moxie

Jennifer brings her love of gaming, geek culture, and cosplay to her role as Associate Creative Director at Moxie (and wins the award for coolest headshot, hands down!). Hear about how she kept up her portfolio and landed a job after four years out of the industry, how to translate your creative hobbies into your skillset at work, working on social media for Arby's, and her tips for those who aren't naturally vocal.

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EPISODE #43 || Matt Johnson and Jay Kamath, Founders of HAYMAKER

EPISODE #43 || Matt Johnson and Jay Kamath, Founders of HAYMAKER

Ever wonder what it's like to start your own agency? Co-founders of HAYMAKER—Matt Johnson, Chief Strategy Officer and Jay Kamath, Chief Creative Officer—give us a peek into what's on their minds as they prepare for their first interns. Hear about the collaboration that inspired the agency (and how you can be a better partner to your creative or strategy teams), how to start forming your POV as junior talent, and why you shouldn't be afraid to make mistakes. Plus, lots and lots of sports metaphors!

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EPISODE #42 || Aliya Marder, Associate Director at Philosophie

EPISODE #42 || Aliya Marder, Associate Director at Philosophie

Aliya tells us everything we need to know about getting started in UX and product design. Hear about her transition from the wine industry to UX, the hard and soft skills needed to be a product designer, specific resources (including blogs, courses, and communities) for those starting out, and her advice on the biggest hurdles that junior designers face—including building your portfolio from scratch and finding mentors.

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EPISODE #41 || Cecilia Gorman, Owner of Creative + Talent + Partners

EPISODE #41 || Cecilia Gorman, Owner of Creative + Talent + Partners

Cecilia takes us through her journey from print production, to creative manager, to creative recruiter, to talent development specialist. Hear about why operational roles like creative services make for great careers, how to be thoughtfully considered about when to leave an agency, and how jr. talent can check their own unconscious biases. 

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EPISODE #40 || Rebecca Russell, Senior Social Strategist at Wieden + Kennedy

EPISODE #40 || Rebecca Russell, Senior Social Strategist at Wieden + Kennedy

Rebecca gives us a peek into the world of social strategy from her experience working on clients like Coca-Cola, Converse, and Bud Light. Hear about how the past stigma of being a social strategist has evolved, how she stays up on new platform developments, and the value of bringing your fresh perspective and understanding of youth culture to the agency.

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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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