Jared Grant is a Participation Planner who just joined the SaatchiNY integrated planning team. If you’re interested in learning more about Jared’s background, feel free to check out his LinkedIn page or follow him on twitter @JarGrantuan
WHAT DO YOU DO AT SAATCHI & SAATCHI?
I am a Participation Planner. I come up with media hungry ideas for our clients and develop communication architectures to bring them to life.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?
I used to work at an arcade as a Birthday Party Host for kids. The tables were upstairs and the arcade was downstairs. After their pizza I would walk them down and hand out their tokens and always had to remind them not to run going down the stairs. One time I was walking them down saying “don’t run” and I totally tripped and fell down the stairs spilling tokens everywhere. The kids stampeded over me grabbing the loose tokens before running off leaving me as road kill.
WHAT LED YOU ON THE PATH YOU’RE ON TODAY?
I actually took a media planning course in college that was terrible. I told myself, “no matter what, I don’t want to work in media.” But I fell in love with a little place called The Media Kitchen and had a blast. The rest is history.
IF YOU WEREN’T IN ADVERTISING, WHAT CAREER WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO TRY?
Talk show host. I love to chat with people, swap stories, and make people laugh.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE YOUTUBE VIDEO?
Too many. But the Jessica and Hunter series are awesome.
TELL US SOMETHING SURPRISING ABOUT YOURSELF:
I have a weird ability to remember obscure details from movies and TV shows. Like that Joan Wilder’s book publisher’s name in Romancing the Stone was Gloria Hart.
WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE STORY?
Probably my Great Aunt Leslie. She has this thirst for life and is so active and connected for someone her age who has had overcome hardships like cancer. She still drives herself 12 hours to her favorite vacation spot in North Carolina every year, hand-makes glass flip-flop decorations which she sells, and she just got an iPad.
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TELEVISION PROGRAM?
Roseanne. I still watch reruns at night.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CREATIVE PURSUIT?
Cooking. I have been cooking for about 10 years now and recently sent a recipe to Ina Garten (host the Food Network program Barefoot Contessa) and received a thank you from her publisist with a note saying Ina is going to try my recipe.
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN?
Besides cooking I get simple pleasures out of hanging with my closest friends. My favorite moments are hanging in someone’s apartment, listening to music and being huge dorks with each other. We say off-the-wall stuff and just keep each other laughing non-stop.
WHAT WAS THE LAST SONG YOU PLAYED ON YOUR IPOD?
Judas by Lady Gaga.
WHAT BLOGS/MAGAZINES/BOOKS/PAPERS/WEBSITES CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT?
Anything Cormac McCarthy
BOOK THAT YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING?
“Autobiography of Red” by Anne Carson. It’s my book club’s pick this month. Whoever picks the book has to host the group and make dinner for everyone. Last time we read a Russian novel and my friend Mike made all these Russian delights like salmon caviar appetizers served with cold vodka.
A GUILTY PLEASURE FOR ME IS:
Watching marathons of Sopranos or Six Feet Under on a rainy Saturday afternoon with pizza just for me.
WHAT DO YOU THINK THE GREATEST INVENTION IS IN YOUR LIFETIME AND WHY?
There are so many – Google, Facebook, the iPhone. But I secretly love Dominos’ online ordering system and pizza tracker (see guilty pleasure). I can order pizza and wings on hung over afternoons without talking to a soul and can track my order from prep to bake to delivery, letting me know exactly when I have to put on pants in anticipation for the delivery guy.
HAVE YOU EVER WON A TROPHY?
Lowe used to take “Young Stars” from all their global offices to the Cannes Lions every year. I was lucky enough to go and was given the “Miss Congeniality Award” within the group.
WHAT’S THE LAST GREAT TRIP YOU WENT ON?
My family used to go to he Outer Banks in North Carolina every year. As we grew up we stopped going and this past summer we decided it was time to go back. It was like being a kid again but with Bloody Marys.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST/MUSICIAN/DESIGNER?
I am really into Lady Gaga. I actually saw her perform way back before she was huge at an underwear party in Fire Island. I tried to drag my friends but no one would go so I went alone. I got a spot right up front no more than two feet from Gaga and was jamming out with total strangers in our underwear.
WHEN’S THE LAST TIME YOU GAVE A STANDING OVATION?
When my dog went wee on her wee-wee pad.