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EPISODE 30: ANIKA PATEL
Innovative Strategist & Coach
Anika believes in alchemy and knows that, with the right combination of insight, inspiration, and effort, anyone can transform themselves into a more creative person.
Anika uses her diverse and multi-disciplinary background—including training in applied psychology, innovation strategy and experience in keynote speaking, coaching and session facilitation—to help individuals and organizations tap into their natural talents in order to become inspired, more innovative and most importantly have more meaningful and fulfilling experiences.
Specialties: Innovation Strategy, Design Thinking, Training and Facilitation, Coaching, Change Management, Account Management, Business Development, Project Management.
Learn more about Anika’s practice here: Anika-Patel.com
Episode 29: Milana Vayntrub
Comedian, Actress, Writer, Director, Philanthropist,
Milana Vayntrub is an Uzbekistan-born American actress and comedian most recognized for her role as Lily Adams in AT&T commercials or as Sloane on the NBC dramatic series This Is Us (2016) . When she was two and a half years old, she and her parents emigrated to the U.S. as refugees, settling in West Hollywood. Vayntrub briefly attended Beverly Hills High School, but dropped out after her sophomore year, got a GED, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from University of California, San Diego. She received training with the improvisational comedy group Upright Citizens Brigade.
View Milana’s directing work here.
Follow Milana on IG @mintmilana
Episode 28: Victoria eklund
Creative Director & Founder of The Bad Studio Creative Agency
Victoria is an experienced creative director with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and advertising industry. Skilled in Trend Analysis, Photography, Advertising, Art Direction, and Film. Strong arts and design professional with a Bachelor focused in Visual Arts and Media from UCSD. She started her own boutique agency, The Bad Studio, in January 2018. Her boutique agency is a full service social media marketing agency specializing in food, beverage, and lifestyle brands.
View Victoria’s work here: The Bad Studio
Follow her creative agency on IG here: @thebadstudio
EPISODE 27: SHAWNA BIGBY DAVIS
Brand Visionary & Creative Do-Gooder
I am an entrepreneurial creative leader with expertise in both creative and business management. My main focus is on Branding, Idea Generation, Content Development, Media, Strategy, and Innovation, but always as it serves a business need.
Formally a co-founder of a successful creative agency, I have a proven track record of pitching, selling, and producing successful cross-media content and digital platforms. My unique creative vision has led to the creation of industry firsts and multiple awards.
Prior to starting ABR, I spend a decade at TBWA\Chiat\Day Los Angeles where I led efforts on the Nissan Brand including repositioning the company and its cars on a global level, as well as Lucky Brand Jeans and Visa. Prior to Chiat, I cut my teeth at Red Sky Interactive as an Art Director on Coke, Nike, Miller, Absolut Vodka, Sutter Home and Fairmont Hotels.
My work has been cited by numerous press outlets, including AdAge, Fast Company, Adweek, Creativity and AdCritic in addition to all the major industry award shows including Cannes Lions, The One Show, Andys, Communication Arts, and Clios.
Outside of working life, I'm on a quest to heal autoimmune issues and do as much do-gooding as possible!
Check out Shawna’s agency she co-founded: All Boats Rise
Episode 26: John O’Toole
Advertising copywriting is John's jam. He loves the challenge of promoting a diverse set of brands to the masses. He's written for just about every medium, so whether it's a Facebook post or TV spot—John tackles each assignment with experience and excitement.
Outside of advertising, John recently completed *drumroll here* his first novel, "Selling Jack." It’s about a Millennial Mad Man trying to find happiness in the world. Write what you know, right?
He's also currently taking voice-over classes from renowned voice over professional Reed Rudy.
Originally from the Windy City, John currently resides in the west side of Los Angeles with his wife Nikki and long-haired chihuahua/fox, Becks. When he's not writing, John enjoys trying new beers, hiking old trails, and long walks on the beach—although he must reapply sunscreen often as he burn easily. SPF 50, baby!
You can view John's copywriting and get a “sneak read” of his novel here.
Episode 25: jeannette godoy
Documentary & Commercial Director
Jeannette Godoy is a first generation, Mexican American filmmaker and storyteller. She comes to directing from a varied and eclectic background, starting her career as a choreographer where she worked in film, television and commercials. She is most widely known for having choreographed the celebrated music video, Baby Got Back, by Sir Mix A Lot. Her initial foray into directing earned her a trip to Cannes for a commercial entitled, "A Boy & His Tire." This spot for Bridgestone Tires is known for it’s beautiful visuals and subtle yet, emotional performance, received several prestigious nominations including the Young Director Award, as well as a spot in SHOOT Magazine’s New Director’s Showcase.
Jeannette is a passionate advocate for Down Syndrome Awareness and would love to see inclusion within the advertising community for people with disabilities. Her documentary, “Free 2 Be Me,” aired at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, screened at many film festivals and is currently airing on Dance Network. Her career focus is to work on projects that empower, enlighten and do something positive for the world. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she directs commercials and documentaries and has a side job as a full time shuttle driver to her teen daughters
View Jeannette’s directing work here.
Follow Jeannette on IG @jygodoydirector
Episode 24: ANNETTE SILVA
Senior Producer, Development at Studio City Productions
Annette Silva began her producing career in Austin, TX with a digital series covering the blooming indie music scene calledThe Austin Sessions. From there she went on to work in development for both television and film, most notably for Mandate Pictures and Fuse.
Currently, Annette produces television content for award-winning agency, Studio City (not located in Studio City). Her recent executive producer success stories include creating and producing an MTV pilot in the world of female motorcyclists, an HGTV show featuring an off-the-grid cabin builder, and she is currently overseeing the production of the A&E legacy show, Hoarders.
She creates entertainment that inspires others to look at the world through a different lens, even if just for 42 minutes. She is actively developing scripted feature and television projects, with her eyes set on finding her next great story to tell.
Follow Annette on IG @annettemsilva
Episode 23: Ryan Schude
Photographer & Director
Ryan Schude is a Los Angeles based photographer whose photographic career was born in the closet of his business school, which had been modified into a darkroom for the institution’s photoclub. It was here that he learned the basics about photography, developing his first photos for the school’s newspaper. As economics didn’t seem to be a fun career path, Schude visited San Francisco Art Institue after graduating from business school. In our interview he reveals how his parent’s attitude played a large part in choosing a new direction, explaining how “there was always a sort of unspoken irreverence for the way life ought to be lived which, for better or worse, has encouraged doing whatever it was that you wanted to do.” Today Schude works for renown companies including Delta Airlines, Kellogg’s, McDonald’s, Sony, Toshiba, Volkswagen, Time Magazine.
View Ryan’s work here.
Follow Ryan on IG @ryanschude
Episode 22: Senain kheshgi
Filmmaker & Co-Founder/EP at Majority Films, an all female roster of directors
Her production company MAJORITY is a community of collaborators dedicated to cultivating and amplifying the careers of women in commercial and independent film. It is a production company that represents a roster of women directors who are working in the commercial, music video and branded spaces while continuing as independent filmmakers working on their own projects. They also have a creative lab that gives emerging directorial talent a place to hone and strengthen professional development.
Senain herself is a Peabody Award-winning filmmaker, Senain has directed several feature and short films, including the three-time Emmy-nominated feature documentary THE DIPLOMAT (ESPN), and the award-winning PROJECT KASHMIR (PBS/Independent Lens). She created, wrote and directed the comedic docu-web series DIVAS OF KARACHI (PBS) and directed virtual reality films with Here Be Dragons (formerly Vrse) for Facebook, Johnson & Johnson, and Save the Children. Her films have premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), The Human Rights Watch Film Festival (NY and London) as well as other film festivals around the world. Senain is a three-time Sundance Fellow and has served on panels and juries at Sundance, Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest, ITVS, and Film Independent.
Learn more their women’s initiative as the first production company with an all female roster here: Majority Film
Episode 21: Bianca poletti
Director & Photographer
Bianca Poletti started her career as a photographer, with a passion for moving images and a love for film, she then decided to move into directing. She attended USC to study Film, while also minoring in Fine art / Painting. She’s most moved by painting and dance and tries to incorporate color and movement in a strong way when creating images.
She directed her first feature film that was produced by James Franco 1 year ago and is now focusing on a commercial career. Having been a sales rep in the advertising world for a bit, she also has a strong sense for what agencies are looking for creatively.
View Bianca’s work here.
Follow Bianca on IG @bpoletti