EPISODE #109 || Jack Rogosin, Associate Copywriter at FCB Chicago

EPISODE #109 || Jack Rogosin, Associate Copywriter at FCB Chicago

Jack Rogosin, Associate Copywriter at FCB Chicago, grew up around advertising, thanks to his mom, Fallon’s first female creative hire (the original Peggy Olsen). But that didn’t mean it was easy for him to break into the industry. Hear about his struggle to get hired because of his age/lack of a college degree (despite winning The One Club’s Creative Bootcamp several times), what he gained from unpaid internships outside of the industry, finally getting his foot in the door via an out-of-the-box job application, and facing a moral crossroad early in his career.

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EPISODE #105 || Karen Goodman, Group Creative Director at Havas

EPISODE #105 || Karen Goodman, Group Creative Director at Havas

Karen Goodman, Group Creative Director at Havas, is here to help you take more risks in your career. Hear about how young creatives can stand out when starting out, integrating into a new city where you don’t know anyone, what she learned from working for two years client-side at Under Armour, letting go of the pressure we put on ourselves when starting something new, and why we should “always be ready”.

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EPISODE #90 || VCU Brandcenter Alumni, made possible by 22squared

EPISODE #90 || VCU Brandcenter Alumni, made possible by 22squared

In this special episode recorded at the VCU Brandcenter Recruiter Session, we sat down with three Brandcenter alumni—Lizzy Hopkinson (2017), Copywriter, Nitin Dua (2016), Senior Strategist at Fallon, and Brandon Viney (2012), Creative Lead at Google Brand Studio—to talk about the start of their careers, early lessons they learned, and their best advice for graduating seniors.

Huge thank you to our friends at 22squared, who helped make this trip and episode possible!

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EPISODE #87 || Carren O'Keefe + Jim Wood, Partners & Executive Creative Directors at AnalogFolk

EPISODE #87 || Carren O'Keefe + Jim Wood, Partners & Executive Creative Directors at AnalogFolk

Carren O’Keefe and Jim Wood, Partners & Executive Creative Directors at AnalogFolk, share advice from careers full of building self-awareness, navigating fear, and partnership. Hear about learning from fear, deciding what kind of creative you want to be, how they function as Co-ECDs out of AF’s Portland and New York offices, how the industry is evolving and why we need to preserve space for thinking and creative ideas, and your mindset when you’re the only one like you in the room.

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EPISODE #68 || Live From The 3% Conference, Part I

EPISODE #68 || Live From The 3% Conference, Part I

Heide Gardner, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Interpublic Group, and Nick Childs, Chief Creative Officer, most recently at IPG Mediabrands, sat down with us at the 3% Conference to discuss how the most pressing issues the industry faces are applicable to the beginning of your career. Hear about how to get a sense of an agency’s D&I practices, advocating for yourself, how to be an ally to all underrepresented voices, and more.

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EPISODE #66 || Vann Graves, Executive Director of the VCU Brandcenter

EPISODE #66 || Vann Graves, Executive Director of the VCU Brandcenter

Vann Graves, Executive Director of the VCU Brandcenter, brings stories, learnings, and vision from his highly-awarded career working with some of the world's biggest brands. Hear about how being asked to create a Christmas card for (then CCO and Chairman of BBDO) Phil Dusenberry's dog taught him a lesson about being a great creative, his enormous goal for making Brandcenter more accessible to students and diversifying the pipeline to the industry, what the industry should know about the next generation of advertising, and why you shouldn't "fake it 'til you make it".

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EPISODE #56 || Makeda Loney, Junior Copywriter at Burrell Communications

EPISODE #56 || Makeda Loney, Junior Copywriter at Burrell Communications

Makeda Loney, Junior Copywriter at Burrell Communications, brings her fresh perspective for young talent entering the industry. Hear about her advice for getting started in advertising when you have no prior experience, how her identity as a poet influences her copywriting, her approach to taking care of her mental health, and her perspective on diversity as a young black woman in the industry.

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EPISODE #52 || Ellen Wong, Executive Creative Director at RED Interactive Agency

EPISODE #52 || Ellen Wong, Executive Creative Director at RED Interactive Agency

Ellen Wong, Executive Creative Director at RED Interactive Agency*, gives us a behind-the-scenes look at her career as a female designer and leader. Hear about how she got her start designing rave flyers, the struggle to find work-life balance, finding her voice and being taken seriously as a female designer, and the best way to initiate and sustain relationships in your career. 

*Since we recorded, Ellen has moved on to an exciting new venture of her own. Listen for the update at the end of the episode!

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EPISODE #51 || Patrick Buchanan, Creative Director and Copywriter

EPISODE #51 || Patrick Buchanan, Creative Director and Copywriter

Patrick Buchanan, Creative Director and Copywriter, brings stories and learnings from his whirlwind career working at agencies all over the world. Hear about how this musician serendipitously found himself at Miami Ad School (where he later taught), the politics of big and small agencies, working internationally in countries like Hungary and Moscow, and his experience co-writing a Super Bowl spot for Chrysler with Bob Dylan. 

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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 #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 #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 #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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EPISODE #11 || Pann Lim, Creative Director at Kinetic Singapore

EPISODE #11 || Pann Lim, Creative Director at Kinetic Singapore

Pann Lim is a giant name in the Singapore design/advertising world, though you'd never know it by talking to him. One of the most down-to-earth people I've ever met, his advice is both thoughtful and thought-provoking for students and future leaders. Hear how he defines success, how he differentiated his student portfolio, and his secret to finding the time to lead an agency and form an art collective with his family. You don't want to miss this one.

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EPISODE #10 || Elle Bass, Senior Strategist at Giant Spoon

EPISODE #10 || Elle Bass, Senior Strategist at Giant Spoon

Elle found advertising after studying religion and working in fashion, and her passion for Strategy is clear in the way she talks about her role as Senior Strategist at Giant Spoon (Advertising Age's 2017 Small Agency Awards Gold Winner). Hear about the one question that made her realize Strategy was for her, working with luxury and premium clients, and showing up for your teammates as a strategist.

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