Advice and insight from the advertising industry to help students and fresh talent start their careers with confidence. Natalie Kim, Founder of We Are Next, sits down with people from all agencies, roles and levels to understand what they do, how they got there, and what they've learned along the way. It's equal parts actionable advice and reassurance that everything is going to be okay.
Sara Anhorn, EVP, Talent at Critical Mass
Sara Anhorn, EVP, Talent at Critical Mass, provides guidance and some much needed reassurance for those looking for a job. Hear about what’s kept her at Critical Mass for the past 20 years (she’s worked in three offices and three different disciplines), the difference between a digital experience agency and a creative agency, what she looks for in candidates these days, and OpenBook, a new resource by Critical Mass for emerging talent.
Katie Ramp, Director of Talent & Operations at MUH-TAY-ZIK / HOF-FER
Katie Ramp, Director of Talent & Operations at MUH-TAY-ZIK / HOF-FER, helps you get the most out of your relationship with your talent team. Hear about her advice on how to switch roles within an agency, questions to ask in your interview to figure out if an agency will take care of you, tips on getting comfortable speaking up in virtual meetings, and why agencies need to diversity their talent/HR roles.
Carla Eboli, Executive Vice President of Multicultural at EnergyBBDO
Carla Eboli, Executive Vice President of Multicultural at EnergyBBDO, joins guest host Leo Wong to talk about what it means to work in multicultural advertising, embracing your accent, and lessons she’s learned about leadership. Hear about tips for finding the right environment for your next job, whether you should apply to multicultural agencies if you don’t have a multicultural background, and how junior talent can be leaders on their teams.
Mark Allen, Owner of RedCape and Senior Lecturer at SMU
Mark Allen, Owner of RedCape and Senior Lecturer at SMU, doesn’t want to see young talent burn out early in their careers. Hear about how to make your portfolio stand out to potential employers, making sure your hobbies and side hustles are authentic, and choosing which brands to make spec work for, becoming aware of your own boundaries, skills that all young creatives should develop, and how students can make the most out of their relationships with their professors.
Ro Kalonaros, Global Content & Culture at Omnicom
Ro Kalonaros, Global Content & Culture at Omnicom, will give you the encouraging push and confidence you’ve been looking for. Hear about how to be an effective communicator with people at all levels, identifying both micro-opportunities to set yourself up for success and micro-aggressions you make against yourself, and why it’s more effective to focus on who you are than what you want to do professionally.
Carl Desir, Global Executive Director, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at R/GA
Carl Desir, Global Executive Director, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at R/GA, is tackling the roots of systemic racism and oppression in the industry. Hear about the individual awareness and action we can all take, thinking about what kind of company you want to work for, advice on starting a passion project to help the cause, and the role the pandemic has played in making this a window of opportunity for the industry to change for the better.
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Natalie and her incredible guests shine the brightest of lights on the advertising industry and the great people within it! Engaging, inspiring, and informative are just a few of the words I’d use to describe the time you’ll spend with them. Thanks so much for putting out such a spectacular show Natalie - keep up the great work!
So happy this podcast exists
I've just finished my first internship at a branding agency, but am having trouble finding full-time work. Natalie and her guests are awesome and are inspiring me to stay up to date and not give up. This podacst is crucial listening for anyone who wants a career in an agency!
Love for a niche market
It’s great to have a resource for advertising professionals, especially when we’re students or young talent. I appreciate this podcast so much, because younger people in this field usually learn only through experience. I love that we can learn from others in the ad industry who are still young enough to remember what those first years are like. Keep going, Natalie; you are definitely appreciated!