Darla out and about
Darla Price is VP, Management Supervisor at SaatchiNY. If you’re interested in learning more about her, feel free to check out her LinkedIn page.
What do you do at Saatchi & Saatchi?
I work for the meals division of one of our clients.
What was your first job?
Well that depends whether you’re asking about my first job in the biz, or my first job ever. My first job ever was in high school as a babysitter. But this wasn’t just any sitter job, I really had a good gig! I babysat for two kids, a boy and a girl about 5 and 8 years old. Their mother was divorced but still lived in the huge mansion she had once shared with her husband, and her new boyfriend was a club DJ. So every Friday, I’d come over and stay overnight until Saturday morning while they were out late into the wee hours clubbing. The pay was insane. Best job ever (except that the kids were a bit bratty!).
Now, my first job in the business was through an internship I did in college that eventually turned into a part time job while I was still in school. I worked at a small start up agency called BrownPartners
What motivates you most?
Most recently, I’m motivated by the blessing of having each day to do something different, unique, or crazy that sets me outside my comfort zone. I believe in making my life mean something, whether it lasts for 40 years, or 100. Case in point, I went skydiving a few weeks ago. Just because…you only live once!
What blogs, magazines, books, papers or websites can you not live without?
Hulu for sure! It’s where I catch up on my favorite shows that I’ve missed (i.e. General Hospital…Brenda is back!). I’ve also recently discovered the Twilight saga. Can’t put it down. And the NY Times Arts twitter page. Great updates and scoop on what’s going on in the entertainment world.
What are your Lovemarks?
Barack Obama, General Hospital, Sephora, Starbucks, SHOES!
What’s your best “nothing is impossible” story?
Tough one! Ok so I’ll tell you the first thing that comes to mind. It’s less my story, and more one about someone who touched me in a way that still resonates with me daily.
So, I volunteer when I can. I’m by no means a saint but I love to give back when I have free time because it’s the right thing to do, and it helps remind me of how fortunate I am, and that those less fortunate are still human, and should be treated as such. One day I volunteered at a homeless shelter downtown, in their soup kitchen. About 75 people came in that day to have dinner (which was considered a slow day because of the rain). I was asked to be on table duty and make sure all the water pitchers stayed filled, people had silverware to eat, etc.
This particular day, I was appalled by how the staff was very harsh with the people who came in there, and people were being essentially reprimanded for asking for “seconds.” I stopped and chatted with one man in particular, who told me his story. He had been homeless for some time, and his children had been taken away from him. All he really wanted was to get back on his feet and be back with his kids, but he was having a hard time doing that. Yet, he came in with a smile on his face, and said please and thank you – and stopped on his way out to say to me, “God bless you.”
He could have resigned himself to his situation and been a grumpy, evil person – but he chose to rise above. THIS to me says nothing is impossible. If you persevere and stay the path of positivity, you can overcome anything.
What is your favorite place in the world? Why?
Not sure if this counts as a place “in the world”, but I’ve got to say my favorite place is 13,500 feet up in the air with nothing surrounding me but a harness and parachute. It doesn’t matter where I am in the world…could be anywhere. The serenity of the sky and clouds is like nothing else.
Who do you most aspire to be like?
Hmm….you know, ultimately, I aspire to be myself and strive to simply be a good person. The type of person who when I call someone, they want to answer. Or when I ask a favor of them, they want to help. There’s no one person who I’d aspire to be, but if I could assemble qualities I’d want to possess I’d probably want Obama’s courage, my old boss’s kind spirit; and Lindsay Lohan’s spontaneity (just kidding on the last one).
Tell us something surprising about yourself.
I’m a twin.
What’s your DOT?
Shutting down my computer every day.
What’s your favorite creative pursuit?
When was the last time you gave a standing ovation?
In a bar the night President Obama won the election and I was watching (along with hundreds of others) on a TV screen as they announced he’d won.
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