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A podcast about breaking into the advertising industry featuring the best in the business. Sponsored by AdHouse Advertising School

The A-List Podcast Tom Christmann

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    • 4.8 • 49 Ratings

A podcast about breaking into the advertising industry featuring the best in the business. Sponsored by AdHouse Advertising School

    A - List 5012 Micöl Rankin

    A - List 5012 Micöl Rankin

    SPONSORED BY ADHOUSE ADVERTISING SCHOOL. AD CLASSES TAUGHT BY WORKING AD PROS ON ZOOM. ADHOUSENYC.COM
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    Hello and welcome to The A-List, the podcast that asks the world's top advertising professionals how they got started in the business. This episode is a conversation between host Tom Christmann and Micöl Rankin, ACD and very first creative hire at Majority, an agency co-founded by Shaquille O'Neill, Omid Farhang, Asmirh Davis and Jorge Hernandez.

    Micöl is the creator of #YouAreDopeShow on LinkedIN. He's also been named an Adweek Top Creative 100. And his "Vax That Thing Up" for the BLK dating app just won a lion at Cannes. But Micöl did not always dream of ad stardom. In fact, he is still working on a music career even as he pursues ad excellence at Majority.

    In this episode, you'll hear how he followed his passions from Pittsburgh Technical Institute to the Disney College Program in Orlando to working on his performance chops in Atlanta as a contemporary of Wiz Khalifa. Until a job at iHeart Radio changed his life forever.

    This is a story about breaking templates by being yourself. This is a story about doing what you feel. This is a story about vibing and letting success find you. And we hope you enjoy listening as much as we did making it. And if you do, please like and subscribe and share and talk us up.

    Or don't. Either way, we're vibing. Thanks to Micöl Rankin.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    A - List 5011 Lisa Topol

    A - List 5011 Lisa Topol

    Lisa Topol is a big believer in kindness. As she likes to say, “Good things follow it.” So it’s not surprising that she recently took the job of Managing Partner, Executive Creative Director at Oberland, the industry’s leading purpose-driven ad agency founded by Bill Oberlander and Drew Train.

    In this episode of The A-List Podcast, Tom Christmann talks with Lisa about her over 20 years in advertising, which started when the late Chris Wall hired her out of his Adhouse class (oh, hello!) to work on IBM at Ogilvy. Lisa has been a copywriter, a CD and a CCO. She’s worked on Nike at Wieden + Kennedy and changed the way tampons a marketed at JWT. She managed teams with upwards of 200 people. She was named one of the 30 most creative women in advertising by Business Insider and was listed as one of the top 27 creative leaders in the country by Adweek. Her work won nearly every major industry award.

    In her spare time, Lisa has taken her dogs to the highest levels of international competition in the sport of dog agility, becoming the 2 time Westminster Agility Champion and representing the United States team at the World Agility Championships. She’s also a board member of Time's Up Advertising, runs a Facebook group for progressive activists and cherishes being a mentor to women in advertising and seeing them rise up the ranks.

    Oh, and her grandmother was a stand-up comic in the mold of Ms. Maisel, who worked with an accordion player on the temple circuit in Long Island. This episode is full of famous names and funny stories. Thanks for listening. Please rate, share and subscribe wherever you get podcasts.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    A - List 5010 Dan Nelken

    A - List 5010 Dan Nelken

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    What are you doing this summer? Why not up your ad game by taking a class at Adhouse Advertising School? Classes are taught by working ad pros live on zoom so you can take them from anywhere. You get ten weeks of classes for just seven hundred ninety nine dollars. You’ll practice turning briefs into brilliance every week and you’ll meet some new friends along the way, including special A-List guests that can help you break into your dream agency. Adhouse students have gotten jobs at some of the top agencies in the world, including Wieden & Kennedy, Mischief, BBDO and McCann. Classes are first-come-first-served, so register today at adhousenyc.com. That’s adhousenyc.com. Adhouse Advertising School. Classes for Adnerds. Taught by Adnerds.

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    Hello adnerds. And welcome to The A-List, the podcast that asks the world’s top advertising professionals how they got started in the business. Today we’ll head to the Great White North and you’ll hear our host Tom Christmann in conversation with Dan Nelken, a freelance creative who lives in Vancouver Canada. Dan is the author of a fabulous new book called A Self-Help Guide For Copywriters. You can buy a copy, and subscribe to his excellent free newsletter, at nelkencreative.com. Tom was surprised to hear that Dan started his career at 28 after he had had it with driving a forklift for a living. Eventually, Dan found himself at Chiat Day Vancouver, then went off on his own. Now he wants to help others find their confidence. This is a story about relentlessly doing what you love. And keeping at it until you win. Oh and Dan is coming out with an online course, too. You can find more information at Nelkencreative.com. So let’s listen in on this conversation with the very friendly Dan Nelken.

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    This has been the A-List, sponsored by Adhouse Advertising School where summer zoom classes will be starting the week of June 13. You get ten weeks for just seven hundred and ninety nine dollars. Classes fill up fast and it’s first come first served, so register early at adhousenyc.com.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    A - List 5009 Matt MacDonald

    A - List 5009 Matt MacDonald

    What are you doing this summer? Why not up your ad game by taking a class at Adhouse Advertising School? Classes are taught by working ad pros live on zoom so you can take them from anywhere. You get ten weeks of classes for just seven hundred ninety nine dollars. You’ll practice turning briefs into brilliance every week and you’ll meet some new friends along the way, including special A-List guests that can help you break into your dream agency. Adhouse students have gotten jobs at some of the top agencies in the world, including Wieden & Kennedy, Mischief, BBDO and McCann. Classes are first-come-first-served, so register today at adhousenyc.com. That’s adhousenyc.com. Adhouse Advertising School. Classes for Adnerds. Taught by Adnerds.

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    Hello 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, Tom Christmann talks with Matt MacDonald, who was just promoted to Chief Creative Officer of BBDO New York. His story starts in Peoria Illinois, where he was the first generation of his family NOT to work at the Caterpillar factory making tractors. His journey went from the high school speech team to working at a local Peoria ad agency to UT Austin and eventually New York City, where he arrived just in time for 9/11 and all the havoc it brought to the city. This is a story about adaptation, loving the process and doing whatever it takes to live your dream. With plenty of practical advice and funny stories along the way.


    The A-List is sponsored by Adhouse Advertising School, where summer zoom classes will be starting the week of June 13. You get ten weeks for just $799 USD. Classes fill up fast and it’s first come first served, so register early at adhousenyc.com.

    You can find Tom Christmann at tomchristmann.net and on most social platforms @ mongoindustries. Thanks for listening. And, as always, thanks to Ross Hopman at Duotone Audio for the music.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    A - List 5008 Analisa Goodin

    A - List 5008 Analisa Goodin

    Hello adnerds! And welcome to another episode of 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 -- ECD at Vayner Media and co-dean at Adhouse Advertising School -- speaks with Analisa Goodin, Founder and CEO of Catch & Release.

    After art school, Analisa started taking on side gigs to fund her art. One of those gigs was helping Goodby Silverstein & Partners source found content for a Sprint campaign. That side job led her to starting her own company to help agencies and brands source, clear, and license found content from across the internet for their campaigns.

    This episode of The A-List podcast is all about being nimble, curious, and saying YES. So let’s say YES… to Analisa Goodin.

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    The A-List is sponsored by Adhouse Advertising School. You get 10 weeks of classes for just $699. Our latest class starts March 17, 2022 on zoom with our newest ad pro: creative director Rich Wakefield. Sign up now at adhousenyc.com.

    • 44 min
    A - List 5007 Jason Bagley

    A - List 5007 Jason Bagley

    Hey #adnerds! Welcome to another episode of The A-List, the podcast that asks the world’s top advertising professionals how they got started in the business. In this episode, our host Tom Christmann talks with Jason Bagley, a freelance creative who spent 16 years working at Wieden & Kennedy in Portland.

    Jason's origin story is full of insight and humor. You'll hear how he landed his dream job (replacing Jeff Kling who had written the Miller High Life ads that Jason loved so much). You'll hear how he then rose in the ranks, despite a deep case of imposter syndrome. You'll hear how he learned to have 400 ideas at a time (imposter syndrome helps).

    And you'll hear why Jason has now opened The Audacious School of Astonishing Pursuits (schoolofastonishingpursuits.com), where he runs an 8-week coaching course called Creative Megamachine, teaching things like how to find your voice, how to take your ideas to the edge of madness and more.

    This is a great episode full of awesome advice. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Jason Bagley.

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    The A-List is sponsored by Adhouse Advertising School. New zoom classes start Feb. 15, 16 and 17. Register NOW at adhousenyc.com.

    Host/editor: tomchristmann.net
    Music: duotoneaudio.com
    © 2022 Adhouse Industries LLC

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

Facqt Media ,

Amazing format!

I love Tom's humor! A great conventionalist! I like how natural he is, together with his guests, they give great insights about the industry and they have the most entertaining and inspiring stories. Kudos!

Next Wave ,

If you’re in advertising, or want to be, listen and learn

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.

Bendolio ,

Executive Producer

Such a clever idea. Not to mention inspiring, fun, and informative to listen to. Tom Christmann, he funny. Love this.

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