WHAT DO YOU DO AT SAATCHI & SAATCHI?
Technically I am Junior Planner, but overall, I guess my job is to keep it real.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?
The summer after freshman year of High School I mowed the playing fields and painted classrooms at the middle school I went to. So short answer . . . janitor.
WHAT LED YOU ON THE PATH YOU’RE ON TODAY?
The first internship I had (between freshman and sophomore year of college) was at a production shop called Smuggler. That summer marked the six-year anniversary of the company’s existence, and they had already won a Palme D’or at Cannes for Best Production Company, so I got to see a lot of phenomenal work going on. From that point on I knew the only thing I wanted to do was write ad campaigns. I also like to think that I could sell a ketchup Popsicle to a woman in white gloves.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AD (ALL TIME OR CURRENTLY)?
I have always really liked this one for Minute Maid:
And this one is awesome (won a gold lion last year):
IF YOU NEVER HAD TO WORK AGAIN, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO DO?
Well, my favorite vacation activities are golf and skiing… but I’ve always wanted to learn more languages, and how to play the piano. I’d probably also see more live music.
FAVORITE PLACE YOU’VE BEEN TO?
Waterville, County Kerry, Ireland.
WHAT’S YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION?
My black lab, Sam.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE YOUTUBE VIDEO?
But all this guy’s videos are pretty funny.
WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU MAKE REALLY WELL?
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WARM-WEATHER NYC ACTIVITY?
Anything on a roof deck, even though I’m not fond of heights.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHTIME SPOT NEAR THE OFFICE?
Mamoun’s on MacDougal. The hummus is out of this world.
WHAT’S YOUR GO TO KARAOKE SONG? (COME ON, WE KNOW YOU HAVE ONE).
My singing voice is too pure for the likes of a karaoke microphone, but I like anything that would have been sung at Lilith Fair. Amy Grant, Bonnie Raitt.
WHAT’S THE BEST MEAL YOU’VE EVER HAD?
There’s a Chinese restaurant in Midtown called Tse Yang that has AMAZING Peking duck. My dad lives in London and we go there whenever he visits NYC. It’s an old favorite.
IF YOU COULD BE THE WORLD RECORD HOLDER OF ANYTHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
My friends and I made up this thing called the sitcom challenge . . . it’s where you watch an entire day of sitcoms in one sitting (so 48 episodes). It’s not in the books yet, but I’d like to think I could do it. #30rock. #NYCdelivery.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CREATIVE PURSUIT?
Cooking and woodworking.
WHAT BLOGS/MAGAZINES/BOOKS/PAPERS/WEBSITES CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT?
I just started reading Vince Flynn. He writes CIA “novels” about a counter-intelligence spy who kills terrorists at will. Total “airport bookstore crap,” but between books I actually miss his lead character, Mitch Rapp. I also love FastCoDesign.com; it’s amazing what people are building these days.
WHAT’S THE LAST GREAT EVENT YOU WENT TO?
I went to the Rangers’ home opener two weeks ago; despite the loss it was an amazing game.
WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
Nothing worth having ever came easy. I know it’s trite and not true in every single case, but it’s a great thing to remember when you feel like giving up.
WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE STORY?
When I was in High School some friends and I drove up to Maine for a camping/hiking trip in Baxter State Park. The finale of the trip was to be climbing Mt. Katahdin (the highest Mountain in Maine), and traversing the peak’s “knife edge” and then going down the other side of the mountain. On the day we were supposed to summit the beast, the weather turned sour. There were 50 mph gusts and terribly flat lighting at the peak, but we decided to at least give it a shot. We climbed the 5,268 feet to the top, only to find that the knife’s edge trail was closed; what was supposed to be the ‘best part of the trip’ had been stolen. So we turned back down the trail we had just come up, disappointed and disheartened.
While we were sitting around the campfire that night, discussing which interstate to take home the next day, one of my buddies stood up (just like out of a movie) and proclaimed he was not leaving Baxter until he had crossed the Knife Edge. So the next day we got up a little before 4 am, crushed some granola bars, filled our water bottles and headed back up the same trail we had traveled twice the day before. This second try came on one of the most glorious Maine mornings I have ever seen (this coming from someone who has spent a lot of time in The Vacation State). At around 8:00am we reached the top of the mountain, enjoyed the view for about ten minutes, and then started our traverse of the mountain’s peak. We were so excited to be allowed on the trail that a half-mile drop on either side of the three-foot-wide path barely fazed us.
Again, I’ll remind you that I am not fond of heights, but I wasn’t about to be the sissy who, for the second time in as many days, prohibited the group from crossing the knife edge. We made it across and down the other side all safe and sound, and hitched a ride on a summer camp bus back to the park’s main campsite. Several hours later we were crossing the border on our way out of the great State of Maine, and I have never been so happy to have “given it another try.”