Meet one of our new Assistant Account Executives, Adriana Mariella. She enjoys sears commercials, her stuffed animal dog, and singing Shania Twain. When you get a chance, stop by and say hello!
WHAT DO YOU DO AT SAATCHI & SAATCHI?
I help manage the General Mills cereal account.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?
I did a lot of job hopping in high school as soon it was legal for me to work—I worked at Annie Sez and then Learning Express and then at a law firm.
WHAT LED YOU ON THE PATH YOU’RE ON TODAY?
A combination of knowing that I’m definitely suited for a creative industry, having encouraging family and friends, and recognizing that giving up on what you love isn’t an option.
WHAT ARE YOUR LOVEMARKS?
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, J.Crew, Ancestry.com, and the Boston College Eagles.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AD (ALL TIME OR CURRENTLY)?
There was that Sears Kenmore air conditioning commercial that played at some point in the 90’s (you know which ad I’m talking about, don’t act like you don’t. It played so often that my sister and I would imitate the guy every time he ended the commercial with “another scorcher.” Of course, I don’t think it had too much advertising merit, but it’s a favorite nonetheless.
IF YOU NEVER HAD TO WORK AGAIN, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO DO?
I would probably still work in some capacity—I would try to be an adjunct professor of some sort. Or I would go live in Italy, eat pasta all day every day, and be exceptionally happy.
FAVORITE PLACE YOU’VE BEEN TO?
Florence, Italy—the people are warm and happy, probably because they live in Florence.
WHAT’S YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION?
My stuffed animal dog, aptly named Puppy.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE YOUTUBE VIDEO?
My roommate and I went through a phase freshman year of college where we would watch YouTube videos for hours in wee hours of the morning. This was a perennial favorite:
WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU MAKE REALLY WELL?
I make nice sentences, does that count? If it has to be food, I make a mean tiramisu. (Thanks, Lucia).
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WARM-WEATHER NYC ACTIVITY?
Doing anything that involves being anywhere near or in water.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHTIME SPOT NEAR THE OFFICE?
WHAT’S YOUR GO TO KARAOKE SONG? (COME ON, WE KNOW YOU HAVE ONE).
“Man, I Feel Like a Woman” by Shania Twain. It’s a crowd pleaser.
WHAT’S THE BEST MEAL YOU’VE EVER HAD?
Any time we had the square raviolis at Christmas dinner. I could eat raviolis and meatballs (with extra ricotta) every day for the rest of my life.
IF YOU COULD BE THE WORLD RECORD HOLDER OF ANYTHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Number of times convincing people that I’m right (even if I’m not).
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CREATIVE PURSUIT?
I write. All. the. time.
WHAT BLOGS/MAGAZINES/BOOKS/PAPERS/WEBSITES CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT?
I love reading Carlo Rotella, a professor I had at Boston College, who is a columnist for the Boston Globe but also a brilliant essayist. Other than that, the NYT and the WSJ are standard fare, with an occasional Vogue (or Cosmo…) at the nail salon.
WHAT’S THE LAST GREAT EVENT YOU WENT TO?
I’d say my graduation from BC was a pretty good event.
WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
It wasn’t given to me personally, but the Jesuits at BC love to call on this prayer from Fr. Pedro Arrupe that ends “Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything,” which is the best advice I’ve been given about how to live a life.
WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE STORY?
I don’t think I’m old enough to have one or at least I don’t feel that I’ve ever conquered something seemingly impossible. But I did finally master calculating elapsed time, and that seemed (was) impossible in third grade.