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A - List 5004 Hannes Ciatti
Hello, fellow #adnerds and welcome to The A-List, the podcast that asks the world’s top advertising professionals how they got started in the business.
In this episode, Host Tom Christmann talks with Hannes Ciatti, former founder of JohnXHannes and current founder and Chief Creative Officer of Alto New York, a creative company for courageous brands.
Hannes has made some iconic work over his career. He made Misty Copeland go viral for Under Armour. He helped Jon Makovich start a menswear line with Squarespace. And he dropped the world’s first expensible music video for Expensify with 2Chainz.
But Hannes’ story begins in a little town in a tiny village in Northern Italy. From there, he would make his way to Germany, then Australia and finally New York, where he and his partner, John McKelvey would be hired by none other than David Droga before going on to start JohnxHannes.
This is an epic story that goes from the Dolomites to Droga5. And there’s plenty to learn along the way. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to start your own agency.
You can check out all the work and reach out to Hannes at altony.co.
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Contact Tom Christmann at tomchristmann.net. Thanks for listening. Please rate and subscribe to the a-list wherever you listen to podcasts. And thanks to Ross Hopman over at Duotone Audio Group for the music. Get vaccinated if you can. See you soon!
A - List 5003 David Esrati
This is The A-List, the podcast that asks the world’s top advertising professionals how they got started in the business. In this episode, Tom Christmann, freelance copywriter at tomchristmann.net and co-dean at Adhouse Advertising School, speaks with David Esrati of The Next Wave in Dayton Ohio.
David is a true #Adnerd in every sense of the word. He’s also a disabled veteran, a politician, and an activist and self-described truth teller who has gotten in trouble more than once for it.
David is also a digital pioneer. He started The Next Wave way back in 1988 and was one of the first people to understand the power of the internet for advertising. He even went on to create Luke Sullivan’s website for Hey Whipple, Squeeze This, a gig he got by volunteering to drive Sullivan to the airport from a speaking engagement.
David and Tom geek out on the importance of establishing trust in sales, how to find a great agency in a small city and the importance of figuring out who the HMFIC is. They delve into the manipulation of information and how to do a political campaign that makes people think.
There’s lots of advice in this one, and some really inspiring stuff for adnerds who happen to be in smaller markets.
Enjoy! And please rate and subscribe! Or at least share the A-List with an adnerd friend.
The A-List Podcast is sponsored by Adhousenyc.com. Music by Duotone Audio Group.
A - List 5002 Gavin Lester
Tom Christmann talks with Gavin Lester, CCO of Zambezi (zmbz.com) n independent agency in Culver City, California. Tom and Gavin discuss going from art to advertising, Goodby vs. BBH, the making of Levi's "Odyssey" (directed by Jonathan Glazer) and so much more.
Tom can be reached at tomchristmann.net. Gavin can be reached at email@example.com. And the whole thing is sponsored by Adhouse Advertising School (adhousenyc.com) where we are now shipping decks of our newest product Adhouse Of Cards - 35 techniques that will expand your thinking and improve your campaigns. And the best part is that all the proceeds go to the Adhouse Scholarship Program. Get your deck for just $20 (plus $3 shipping) at Adhousenyc.com/store.
Music by Ross Hopman at Duotone Audio Group.
A - List 5001 Danny Gregory
Hello and welcome to the A-List, the podcast that asks the world’s top advertising professionals how they got started in the business. In this episode, host Tom Christmann talks with Danny Gregory.
Danny is the founder of Sketchbook Skool and the best-selling author of several books on creativity. But before all that he was in advertising. They talk about how Danny got in, but also how he got out to start his own business teaching people to get back to making art with Sketchbook Skool.
Danny’s story will take us from Pakistan to Pittsburgh to Princeton to Jimmy Carter’s White House and finally to the offices of trendspotter Faith Popcorn, where Danny got his start in the business. He would go on to work as a Group Creative Director at Ogilvy, Chief Creative Officer at Doremus and finally as an ecd and partner at McGarryBowen. But then a tragic accident would change his life forever and cause him to rediscover the power of art for finding meaning in life.
This episode is all about trusting in the universe to show you the way. So get out your sketchbook and doodle while you listen to a very illuminating conversation with Danny Gregory.
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Check out Danny's blog at dannygregory.com
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A - List 4016 Eva McCloskey
In this episode of the A-List Podcast, Tom Christmann, creative for hire at tomchristmann.net and one of the Head Adnerds at Adhouse Advertising School, talks with one of the baddest women in advertising, Eva McCloskey.
Eva didn’t go to college, but that didn’t stop her from finding herself as a VIP media liaison for John Hancock at the Salt Lake City Olympics at the ripe old age of 21. Or becoming one of the founders of The Barbarian Group and a key part of Co:Collective in the early days. Oh, She also may or may not have been in the CIA at one point.
Today, Eva is the Managing Director at The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, an invite-only assembly of leading visual arts professionals from design, advertising and PR. You can request a membership or enter one of three award shows at AIVA.org.
Among the lessons in this one:
- Read a lot. It will teach you to write and think.
- Whatever you are doing, focus on doing good work and then talk passionately about it.
- Don't be afraid to mess up. Mistakes are never as big a deal as they seem at the time. But you can learn a lot from them.
- Go to the award shows and industry parties (virtual or otherwise) and mingle. Be nice to everyone. Have fun.
An inspiring story. Thanks for coming on Eva!
A - List 4015 Sariah Dorbin
Hello Adnerd. This is the A-List Podcast. The podcast that asks the world’s top advertising professionals how they got started in the business. Your host is Tom Christmann, creative for hire at tomchristmann.net. And one of the Head Adnerds at Adhouse Advertising School. Today you’ll hear Tom's conversation with Sariah Dorbin, Executive Creative Director at Quigley-Simpson, an independent, female-owned agency in Los Angeles that unites brand and demand for results that matter.
Sariah found photography in high school, a passion that led to her becoming an adnerd pretty early on. She worked at some great agencies from back in the day. Adnerds will recognize Dancer Fitzgerald San Francisco and Della Femina LA. She finally got her dream job at Chiat Day Mojo, but sometimes achieving yourdreams isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. (There’s a reason they called it "Chiat Day and Night" back then.)
Sariah and Tom talk about interpreting feedback, the importance of guidance when you’re just starting out. And the three keys to a great book: (Be yourself. Have an attitude. And say something interesting.)
Oh and there’s a very funny story from Sariah’s Della Femina days involving a stripper. (The Mad Men era lasted well into the 80s and 90s.)
The A-List is brought to you by Adhouse Advertising School, where you get 10 weeks of Zoom instruction from a working creative pro for one low price. To apply, go to adhousenyc.com.
Music by Ross Hopman at Duotoneaudio.com
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This may be the most informal advertising superstar interview podcast, and “young kids” might not know who “Dan in Portland“ is right off the bat, but you will hear the origin stories from the best and brightest.
Christmann, and many of his guests have worked together as they job hop their way through so many firms with initials that you may need a program book, but in the end, you should know s lot more about building a book, getting hired, and what makes these folks tick.
Such a clever idea. Not to mention inspiring, fun, and informative to listen to. Tom Christmann, he funny. Love this.
Huge ad dork here.
And far from just getting started in the industry. I just love hearing people's stories about the business. Tom is a funny and engaging host and the subjects are great. Moar episodes please!