On Wednesday, March 14, we invited industry pros from Universal Pictures, HBO, Sparkd Studios, and OMD to discuss diversity, race, gender, inclusivity, and how all of that plays into the media landscape. Many thanks to our panelists for sharing their knowledge, and to Grindr for hosting us.
Zach Stafford, Editor-in-Chief, INTO
Ben Cory Jones, Writer/Producer, HBO's 'Insecure' and Netflix's 'Step Sisters'
Candela S. Rebot, Founder/Creative, Sparkd Studios
Ivette Martinez, Group Director, OMD
Jonathan Gist, Director, Multicultural Publicity and Promotions, Universal Pictures
"If something comes out of your mouth and you know what your talking about, that’s when people pay attention to you. That’s when people really trust you. Know your sh*t." - Ivette Martinez
On breaking into the industry…
"It’s still very difficult to convince people your story matters. We are constantly breaking in. You have to keep pushing hard, you always have to seek opportunities that are going to teach you something and grow, and meet people who have a strong network." - Ben Cory Jones
"Advertising is cutthroat - especially for females trying to make any sort of difference. I had to tap into my resources." - Candela S. Rebot
"Pitch it, pitch it, pitch it until it works out. I just pretended that I knew was I doing until it actually worked." - Candela S. Rebot
On being marketed to as a minority….
Who do people want to see, who do people care about? "They want to see themselves. At the end of the day I want to see myself." - Johnathan Gist
"Whatever area you consider yourself to be an “other”, that is something that you never forget. As a minority we have to do a lot of teaching to other people about who we are." - Ben Cory Jones
Inclusion is less about who’s in the room but about how you feel in that room.
“Staying true to the culture, means staying true to yourself.” - Ben Cory Jones
On multiculturalism in media:
"Total market is not only catering to a general market audience, it’s about finding those nuances, talking to a diverse segment and making it part of the total market conversation." - Ivette Martinez
"I love that we can create this conversation around a horror movie (Get Out) but it’s still so culturally relevant, its still so powerful and everyone can walk away with something different, something relatable." - Johnathan Gist
On work life balance…
"If I am still pulling from the same well of stories that means I haven’t lived enough. We have to give ourselves time to do that." - Ben Cory Jones
"Everything isn’t urgent. It’s about realizing your worth and what you bring to the table. The world is not going to end tomorrow. It’s not ER, it’s PR." - Johnathan Gist
"When the product you create is incumbent on someone’s opinion of it, you’re going to fail. In order to work in the business we work in, you constantly have to be reinventing yourself." - Ben Cory Jones
"It’s very easy to deflect the fault of something to feel better but it’s important to remember, we are only as good as our mistakes. Think about what you could have done better, if there is nothing you could have done better, do it again. At some point it’s going to click." - Candela S. Rebot
"Admitting when you failed is super important, that makes you human. We are all human. Admitting, apologizing, and figuring out how your going to fix it and make it better so that someone else doesn’t have to." - Ivette Martinez
Food and drink has long-been the uniting social front for friends, family and strangers alike to share time together. For those who’ve dedicated their careers to envisioning, crafting and innovating in this space, it’s crucial to understand modern marketing’s seat at the table.
At this YoungStars held on Aug. 8 at RPA, we heard from a variety of young professionals in the Food & Beverage industry and learned about the vast challenges and successes in this highly competitive ecosystem.
Krista Simmons, Food and Travel Content Creator
Max Baumann, Founder, Just Chill
Andrea Borgen, GM/Owner, Barcito
Yong Kim, Co-Founder, Seoul Sausage
Michael Keller, Co-Owner and CEO, The Blending Lab
YoungStars is ThinkLA's quarterly panel discussion and mixer with diverse thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and influencers, all under the age of 35, in the Los Angeles media, tech, and advertising industries.
Fashion styles may repeat every 20 years, but how we shop is trending forward at a faster rate than ever. Technology has created new e-commerce platforms and the traditional methods of the personalized shopping experiences have become surprisingly in-vogue. At the same time, more brands and artists are collaborating with designers and influencers, promoting innovation and gaining mass awareness.
Lisa Sugar, Founder & President, POPSUGAR
Lindsay Miller, News and Culture Director, POPSUGAR
Joy Claire, Founder, Clairvoyant Agency
Dechel Mckillian, Founder, Designer, GALERIE.LA
Onch Movement, Designer
Breanna Warner, Director of Brand Marketing, Alliance Apparel
YoungStars is ThinkLA's quarterly panel discussion and mixer with diverse thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and influencers, all under the age of 35, in the LA media, tech and advertising industries.
Posted By Administration,
Friday, September 9, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, August 16, 2016
As is true for all media platforms, gaming is undergoing rapid transformation. An industry which once held the attention of supposedly niche audiences is now capturing that of a much broader group. And last night, we called in the expert players to give us the inside scoop.
On this quarter's YoungStars panel and mixer, industry experts explored the topics which make for buzzworthy headlines and the public hungry for hacks: GAMING. Thank you to Forbes for sponsoring, Facebook for hosting us, and Grubhub for the delicious eats. We hope to see you at the next YoungStars! #ThinkStars
Thank you to all of our speakers: Alexander Krivicich, Founder, Super Bit Machine Luzu Games, Gaming Influencer, Maker Studios Naomi Ladizinsky, Chief Creative Officer, Nix Hydra Ryan McGarry, Client Partner, Gaming, Facebook Dana Pirkle, Integrated Marketing Manager, 3BLACKDOT
Posted By Emily Hope,
Friday, May 20, 2016
Updated: Friday, May 20, 2016
On Thursday, May 19, we welcomed panelists: Freya Estreller of Coolhaus & Ludlows Cocktail Co., Adam Szajgin of 72andSunny, Vishal Lugani of Greycroft Partners and Ann Wang of Enrou to discuss their careers, passions and balancing the two. The panel was moderated by Natalie Robehmed, a staff writer at Forbes. Here are some of the highlights. #thinkStars
On Being a Leader…
"Understand what motivates someone then reward and incentivize their progress". – Freya Estreller
"The verticals that make us success: ambition, talent, dedication and hard work. Each warrants a different kind of reward." Adam Szajgin
"If you're going to start a business, you have to find a way to pay yourself, otherwise it's a hobby." - Freya Estreller
On Finding Balance…
"Everything can seem urgent, but it's really not. If you're not going to be effective, take the day off and don't feel guilty about it." - Freya Estreller
"To unplug, spend time with people that are doing different things." - Vishal Lugani
"It's okay to say 'I need a break.'" – Freya Estreller
"You work 24/7 when you've started a company, so you have to find balance where you feel inspired. Give yourself time to be curious in your own space." – Ann Wang
"How to make networking not boring? Don't hang out with people you don't want to be around." - Adam Szajgin
On Finding Your Passions…
"Throw yourself into uncomfortable situations. That will help you find out what you're passionate about." - Freya Estreller
"Know what gets you excited most about your day. You probably already know, just dig deeper. And build an incredible network. Say yes to every opportunity when you're searching and take wonder around you." – Ann Wang
"Sometimes it's right in front of you. Cut through the noise and be honest with yourself." - Vishal Lugani
"Try stuff and see if you like it. It's like finding your way in a forest - figure it out fast or you may die at some point. But in life, you have more time." - Adam Szajgin
What a fantastic evening! Thank you to all that attended our YoungStars panel & mixer on 2/4 & big thank you to Forbes, Atom Factory, Smashd, Hennessy, the panelists & our esteemed team of fabulous volunteers. We're on an exciting journey with YoungStars and look forward to sharing more unique evenings with you. #thinkStars
"If it doesn't set your soul on fire, you're wasting your time" - Bing Chen, CCO, Victorious
"Successful people have a squad; someone for hype, reality check, financial advice, to commiserate and to celebrate". - Jaclyn Johnson, CEO, Create + Cultivate & (No Subject)
"Starting a company is less learning about the business, more about yourself." - Joe Matsushima, Co-Founder & Creative Director, Denizen Company
"When you're told you're not good enough, take that negative energy and use it as motivation." - Joel Jensen, Co-Founder & Creative Director, HelloDenizen & Denizen Company
ThinkLA has done it again, putting on its first quarterly YoungStars event! This is a brand new event put on by the Young Professionals of ThinkLA. Its goal is to educate and inspire with a Q&A panel of creative, intelligent, and successful entrepreneurs under the age of 35.
This first event was hosted at OMD with a great turnout. The moderator, Liz Plank, Senior Editor at Mic.com, did a phenomenal job leading the panel. She was accompanied by three speakers: Natasha Case, Co-Founder of Coolhaus, Brian Wong, Founder & CEO of Kiip, and Kai Wright, Director of Communication at Atom Factory.
Liz began the event by asking each speaker where they were 5 years ago, and if they ever imagined where they would be today. Right off the bat, it was amazing to hear the panel discuss the completely different paths they took, which truly makes the point that there is not just one right way to become successful. Natasha spoke of how it was helpful to have the security of more typical employment, which allowed her to feel comfortable developing Coolhaus in her spare time. Brian, on the other hand, had been laid off and it was this lack of security that allowed him to explore and develop his ideas for Kiip. Finally, Kai was in a transition period and spent it travelling the world – the result of which was exploration of both self and ideas for the future.
Though these three had completely different paths that led them to where they are today, they share a common thread: the importance of curiosity and creativity, finding something you believe in and going with it.
A couple of key points included Brian's idea of generating one's own serendipity by putting oneself in situations that hold the potential for good things to happen. In addition, he strongly believes in going to museums and art galleries as they are "brain vitamins" for our creativity. Kai truly believes in having a work/life balance. He finds for himself that it is important to be able to know when to go into overdrive, and equally important to know when to turn off. Finally, Natasha believes that there is no reason that work shouldn't be fun.
Overall, YoungStars was an awesome and successful event and I'm thoroughly looking forward to the next one in January!
Assistant Digital Media Planner
Thank you to our speakers:
Natasha Case, Co-Founder, Coolhaus
Brian Wong, Founder & CEO, Kiip
Kai Wright, Director of Communication, Atom Factory
Liz Plank, Senior Editor, Mic.com (moderator)