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Don't Get Me Started Podcast by Dan Balser

Don't Get Me Started Podcast

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Hosted by Dan Balser, Advertising Department Head at The Creative Circus in Atlanta, this is a biweekly conversation about advertising. But it’s not just about the industry; it’s about the people in it.

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  • Episode 281: Karly Brooks, Copywriter at Droga5
    Thu, Jun 07, 2018

    The thoughtful, intelligent young writer discusses her adjustments from undergrad to portfolio school to a real job, the love of writing, and how to email.

  • Episode 280: David Ma, Food Artist and DIrector
    Thu, May 24, 2018

    The Creative CIrcus alumnus and former copywriter shares thoughts on his adjustment from school to a top agency, segueing from copywriting to film directing, and the advice to "make it until you make it."

  • Episode 279: Liz Cartwright, ACD at TBWA\Chiat\Day in LA
    Thu, May 03, 2018

    A decade after Liz graduated from The Creative CIrcus, she and Dan discuss independent agencies, birth order, creativity applied, the value of fun, and managing stress.

  • Episode 278: Kervins Chauvet, Copywriter at Wieden + Kennedy
    Thu, Apr 26, 2018

    The Philosophy Special, on honesty, vulnerability, truth, the humanness of W+K, instincts, and life

  • Episode 277: Jeff Perky, Owner/Art Director at Perky Bros
    Thu, Apr 12, 2018

    Visiting from Nashville, the designer and studio founder discusses the power of Pinterest boards, design strategy and process, the ideal client, outside influences, and empathy.

  • Episode 276: Eric Kallman, Co-Founder/CD at Erich & Kallman
    Thu, Mar 29, 2018

    The highly awarded, humorous, talented and kind CW-turned-CD discusses how to get a job, drive, Chick-fil-A, the mechanics of humor, and Old Spice.

  • Episode 275: Mike Gallucci and Stevan Chavez
    Thu, Mar 15, 2018

    A conversation, two weeks before the team moved to Goodby Silverstein & Partners, about attention spans, developing confidence, good partnerships, and copy craft

  • Episode 274: Frank Cartagena and Sam Shepherd of 360i
    Thu, Mar 01, 2018

    The ECD pair discuss their ability to adapt, the advent of the Super Bowl war room, how to succeed, why good work dies, and the value of competition.

  • Episode 273: Rob Lambrechts, CCO of Pereira & O'Dell
    Thu, Feb 15, 2018

    A heartfelt converstion about feeling like a fraud, the job of a CCO, good client relationships, parenting, PJ Pereira, and choosing a partner

  • Episode 272: Jason Aspes, ECD at Oglivy
    Thu, Feb 01, 2018

    The creative head of Ogilvy's Atlanta office discusses his big international move, impatience, doing good, and the power of curiosity.

  • Episode 271: Don Shelford, GCD at Droga5
    Thu, Jan 18, 2018

    Commercial directing vs. art direction, ELO, nightmare shoots, and why advertsing is awesome


  • Episode 270: Todd Feitlin and Amanda Speer of Mekanism
    Thu, Jan 04, 2018

    Career and agency talk with Todd (Creative Director) and Amanda (Sr. Creative Recruiter)

  • Episode 269: Adil Hussain, Copywriter at EP+Co
    Thu, Dec 07, 2017

    Visiting Atlanta from Erwin Penland in Greenville, Adil covers Creators, Craftsmen and Creatives; being different; and the sticky but important topic of diversity.

  • Episode 268: Zach Canfield, Associate Partner, Director of Talent at Goodby Silverstein & Partners
    Wed, Nov 22, 2017

    An inside look at one of America's great ad agencies. A recruiter's actual role. Portfolios. Ad Schools. And a brief (partial) history of GS&P.

  • Episode 267: Chris Joakim and Mike Donaghey, Creative Directors at R/GA
    Thu, Nov 09, 2017

    The successful, funny, award-winning creative team covers portfolio pieces vs. "real world;" production, executing, selling, and fighting; and the secrets of a good partnership.

  • Episode 266: Danae Belanger and Madison Jackson, Senior Creatives at mcgarrybowen
    Thu, Oct 26, 2017

    Danae (Senior AD) and Madison (Senior CW) cover scripts, crystals, career growing pains, trust, partnerships, and ego deconstruction.

  • Episode 265: Ashley Milhollin, Sr. Copywriter at Zambezi
    Thu, Oct 12, 2017

    The difference between a student and a professional, partnering with Dan Rosenberg, working with CDs and life in Los Angeles

  • Episode 264: Elizabeth Cauvel with Carrie Cervati of MRY in New York
    Thu, Sep 28, 2017

    Elizabeth, Creative Director, and Carrie, Director of Resource Management and Talent, discuss adulthood, presentation skills, portfolios, and taking a risk when the opportinity arises.

  • Episode 263: The Creative Circus Back-to-School Graduation Special
    Thu, Sep 21, 2017

    Nineteen newly minted art directors and copywriters reflect on their time in school.

    They are, in order of appearance:

    Emily Aberg

    Shevek Anandan

    Savannah Bradford 

    Kyle Chin 

    Lauren Glynn 

    Alissa Funk 

    Tim Smith 

    Maya Campbell 

    Sarah Gradeless 

    Payal Patel 

    Brittany Kittredge  

    Jacob Scott 

    Carey McKay 

    Dan Azneer 

    Erin Miller 

    Kamey Murphy 

    Ilana Marshall 

    Katherine Stewart 

    and Britt King

  • Episode 262: Sharon Werner, Founder and CD of Werner Design Werks
    Thu, Sep 14, 2017

    The Minneapolis-based designer discusses boredom, staying in touch, helping brands understand their own identities and breaking rules.

  • Episode 261: Hans Hansen and Eric Sorensen, ECDs at Solve
    Thu, Aug 31, 2017

    A look inside the streamlined, award-winning Minneapolis advertising and branding agency. Also, some perspective on finding a job and thinking about thought.

  • Episode 260: Martin Baker, Creative at Mother
    Thu, Aug 17, 2017

    The smart, affable Circus alumnus and copywriter discusses Boston College, bacon-flavored foods and his return home to Mother.

  • Episode 259: Corinna Falusi, CCO and Partner at Mother New York
    Thu, Aug 03, 2017

    The move from CCO at a huge network to CCO at a small shop (with an actual kitchen in the middle). Also, on being different and knowing yourself.

  • Episode 258: Scott Carlson, Founder and CCO, Van's General Store
    Thu, Jul 20, 2017

    A conversation, with a longtime ad veteran, about vision, possibilities, and what happens when artists tell brand stories

  • Episode 257: David Littlejohn, Chief Creative Director at Humanaut
    Thu, Jul 06, 2017

    The reasons David, co-founder of an AdAge Small Agency of the Year, started his own thing; enjoying the bad ideas; and David’s thoughts on ideation and thought itself

  • Episode 256: Photographer Erika Liden and AD Anders Granberg
    Thu, Jun 22, 2017

    Visiting from Sweden, alumni Erika and Anders share thoughts on industriousness, the importance of professional networks, and the essence of collaboration.

    Anders and Erika

  • Episode 255: Britt Nolan, CCO of Leo Burnett
    Thu, Jun 08, 2017

    Visiting from Chicago, Britt shares insights from his year-old perch as Leo Burnett's creative leader.

  • Episode 254: Neisha Tweed Bell, Creative Strategist at Facebook
    Thu, May 25, 2017

    Formerly a copywriter and CD, Neisha covers toxic environments, digital dependency, doing work that matters and the importance of craft.

    Neisha Tweed Bell

  • Episode 253: Pete Imwalle, COO of RPA
    Thu, May 11, 2017

    What does an ad agency's Chief Operating Officer do? He or she leads, enables, supports and cares.

  • Episode 252: Atlanta United FC Mega Special
    Thu, Apr 27, 2017

    An inside look at the marketing of the MLS expansion club with Skate Noftsinger, Atlanta United's Director of Marketing and Fan Engagement.

  • Episode 251: Rob Baird and Jimmie Blount of PREACHER
    Thu, Apr 13, 2017

    Visiting from Austin, Founder/CCO Rob and Senior AD Jimmie talk about first jobs, the value of optimism, the origin of their name, and inspiration.

  • Episode 250: Dan Balser, Podcast Host and Ad Department Head at The Creative Circus
    Thu, Mar 30, 2017

    In this tenth anniversary special episode, Creative Circus student Maria Khodorkovsky turns the tables.

    Episode 250

  • Episode 249: Robin Fitzgerald, CCO of BBDO Atlanta
    Thu, Mar 16, 2017

    Robin and Dan discuss office environments, the power of good feedback and a CCO's real job.

  • Episode 248: Neel Williams, VP/CD at The Martin Agency
    Thu, Mar 02, 2017

    The kind and talented writer shares his thoughts on self-analysis, awards, humor and insecurity.

  • Episode 247: The Return of GS&P's Jeff Goodby
    Thu, Feb 16, 2017

    Jeff's second visit to the podcast is half an hour and 100% unedited. On stress, directing, five keys to creativity, and brands' roles in culture.

  • Episode 246: Stephen Rodriguez, Founder and CEO of RIFT
    Thu, Feb 02, 2017

    RIFT is an agency for today: A smart, connected, new model for marketing, design and development.

  • Episode 245: Lance Parrish, CD at Grey Group
    Thu, Jan 19, 2017

    An honest talk about some harsh realities, an internet video and various definitions of success

    Lance in the Library

  • Episode 244: Mike Geiger, Co-founder and CEO at Wolfgang in Los Angeles
    Thu, Jan 05, 2017

    GS&P's first Chief Digital Officer and the former interactive leader of JWT NY and D&G shares thoughts on geography, culture and the very term "digital."

  • Episode 243: Chris Corley, ECD at VML in KC
    Thu, Dec 08, 2016

    An insider's take on Kansas City via quite possibly the best voice ever featured on DGMS. Also: millennials, faith and confidence.

  • Episode 242: Kevin Flatt, Brand Director at MINIMAL (MNML)
    Wed, Nov 23, 2016

    Resilience, keen definitions of advertising and design, key traits for junior creatives, and the ubiquitous nature of challenges

  • Episode 241: Johnny Dantonio, CD at Anomaly
    Thu, Nov 10, 2016

    Johnny's work is moving, resonant and memorable, and he is a conversationalist of the highest order.

  • Episode 240: Frank Cartagena, CD at Deutsch New York
    Thu, Oct 27, 2016

    Career talk with an award winning copywriter who was recently named one of Business Insider Magazine's 30 most creative people under 30.

  • Episode 239: Tom O'Keefe, Founder and CEO of O'Keefe Reinhard & Paul
    Thu, Oct 13, 2016

    Seasoned with just enough of a Chicago accent, Tom discusses (among other things) the importance of soul, partnerships and prolificacy.

  • Episode 238: Photographer Bobby Prokenpek
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016

    Insight into a burgeoning photographer's process and his thoughts on how to best collaborate

  • Episode 237: Kate Baynum, Copywriter at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners
    Thu, Sep 15, 2016

    Partnerships, evolving from an intern to a pro, and the thinking behind the "I am a witness" anti-bullying campaign

  • Episode 236: Catherine Ray, Brand Designer at Uber
    Thu, Sep 01, 2016

    Agency vs. in-house, school vs. real world, should vs. must and Europe vs. the U.S.

    Catherine at Uber

  • Episode 235: Jamie Barrett, Founder and ECD at barrettSF
    Thu, Aug 18, 2016

    The humble yet very significant ECD shares his thoughts on Sir Charles, starting an agency and ruthless perfectionism.

  • Episode 234: Jim Elliott, Global CCO at Arnold Worldwide
    Thu, Aug 04, 2016

    At the peak of a stellar career, Jim demonstrates the traits of kindness and generosity that define many great creative leaders.

  • Episode 233: Ecole Weinstein, Group CD at Havas Worldwide
    Thu, Jul 21, 2016

    With talent scout Heather Hayden, Ecole discusses fear, how to be a CD and the necessity of passion.

  • Episode 232: Gerry Graf of Barton F. Graf
    Thu, Jul 07, 2016

    The five-time Ad Age Creativity 50 All-Star shares his thoughts on fighting for great work, "those twenty people," and the itch to create.

    Gerry at his desk

  • Episode 231: Jay Benjamin, CCO of Saatchi & Saatchi NY
    Thu, Jun 23, 2016

    Thoughts on Tall Poppy Syndrome, greener grass, attitude and leadership from a thoughtful and focused leader

  • Episode 230: Tom Christmann, CCO of DiMassimo Goldstein (DIGO)
    Thu, Jun 09, 2016

    FIT, MLS, humility, prolificacy, more, more, and more.

  • Episode 229: Hunter Simms, ACD at Razorfish
    Thu, May 26, 2016

    On job titles, Iceland, Dubai, dragons, style and patience.

  • Episode 228: Todd Goodale Podcast Special
    Tue, May 17, 2016

    Todd is a freelance creative director who has won over two dozen international awards. More important: He's a great friend and a true conversationalist.

  • Episode 227: Katy Hornaday, CD at Barkley
    Thu, May 12, 2016

    Optimism, resilience, empathy, honesty. A few topics discussed that have helped make Katy the leader and creative she is.

  • Episode 226: Dave Canning, ECD at 180 Amsterdam
    Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Husband and wife Dave Canning and Kasia Haupt Canning visit The Creative Circus from The Netherlands. So much love, so many awards.

  • Episode 225: Jeff Goodby of Goodby Silverstein & Partners
    Thu, Apr 14, 2016

    A casual chat with an industry great.

  • Episode 224: Clarence Bradley, CD at Creature in London, UK
    Thu, Mar 31, 2016

    A chat in two parts: Half about Clarence's career, and half about the importance of cultural diversity in advertising.

  • Episode 223: Blair Dempster, ACD at Jack Morton Worldwide
    Thu, Mar 17, 2016

    What is an "experience agency?" Blair is a Circus alumnus and designer who has experienced working at a few.

  • Episode 222: Andy Corbett, Copywriter and Maker
    Thu, Mar 03, 2016

    On his seventh DGMS visit, Andy shares the thinking and process behind his latest personal project.

  • Episode 221: Carol Vick Bynum, Creative Recruiter
    Thu, Feb 18, 2016

    No-holds-barred advice on job hunting from a co-founder of The Creative Circus.

  • Episode 220: John Matejczyk with Hillary Lannan
    Thu, Feb 04, 2016

    A lively visit with John, CD and founder, and Hillary, Director of Recruiting, of MUH-TAY-ZIK | HOF-FER in SF, CA

  • Episode 219: Mitch Bennett & Wes Whitener, ECDs at Fitzgerald & CO
    Thu, Jan 21, 2016

    Career and partnership talk from one of Atlanta's top creative teams

  • Episode 218: Rich Ford, CD at EVB in Boulder
    Thu, Jan 07, 2016

    The kind, talented and enthusiastic former CP+B copywriter returns to The Circus for a visit and a chat.

  • Episode 217: Fallon's Jeff Kling with Spence Kramer
    Thu, Dec 10, 2015

    Jeff is a philosophical genius and the CCO of Fallon. His pal Spence is a freelance consultant and former top account guy at Crispin Porter + Bogusky and Wieden + Kennedy.

  • Episode 216: Possible
    Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Danielle Trivisonno Hawley, CCO; Ray Page, ECD; and Senior Designer Nate Hinners visit from the Cannes Lion-winning Seattle shop that's also one of Ad Age's Best Places to Work.

  • Episode 215: Mike Egan, Copywriter at Wieden + Kennedy
    Thu, Nov 12, 2015

    Dude is a genius, mostly due to the fact that he doesn't think he is.

  • Episode 214: Nancy Vonk, Co-Founder and Partner at Swim
    Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    Ogilvy Toronto's former CCO shares her thoughts on hiring juniors, women's assertiveness and identifying what you really want.

  • Episode 213: Andy Pearson, CD at Deutsch in LA
    Thu, Oct 15, 2015

    Andy's back and better than ever.

  • Episode 212: Peter Alsante, CD at BBDO NY
    Thu, Oct 01, 2015

    A journey from executive assistant to CD. In one decade. At one agency.

  • Episode 211: Eric Doctor, Designer at The Unemployed Philosophers Guild
    Thu, Sep 17, 2015

    "In the particular lies the universal." Exactly.

  • Episode 210: Marc Sobier, ECD at Y&R NY
    Thu, Sep 03, 2015

    True to the original vision of DGMS, this is a chat between good friends. Marc, who spent almost seven years at GS&P, is now deep into an award-laden, 23-year career.

  • Episode 209: Leslie Sims, CCO, Y&R NY
    Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    How to be a CCO. Laughs. Brands' working for the greater good. Career navigation.

  • Episode 208: CW Ryan Raab and AD Dan Kenneally of Droga5
    Thu, Aug 06, 2015

    Ryan and Dan, the creative team on the great Newcastle "If we made it" Super Bowl campaign, are now at BBDO NY.

  • Episode 207: Danilo Boer, Senior CD, Head of Art and Design at BBDO NY
    Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    This 30-year-old BBDO VP has a very firm grasp on the importance of beauty and what real collaboration feels like.

  • Episode 206: Amanda Caldari, Copywriter at Rokkan in New York
    Thu, Jul 09, 2015

    Just four years out of school, and following a stint in Boston, this Creative Circus alumna has settled in New York. For now.

  • Episode 205: Will Lindberg and Owen Williams from 72andSunny LA
    Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Will, who both plays and does ads for video games, is a Sr. Designer/Art Director. Owen is the agency's Creative Recruiter/Key Master.

  • Episode 204: Freelance Designer Matthew Wyne, Again
    Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    Matthew the Wisdom Dispenser is back for a second in-depth talk about navigating a creative career.

  • Episode 203: Lindsey Stuart, Director of Design at DDB Chicago
    Thu, May 28, 2015

    A bright, energetic conversation that covers Lindsey's upward career trajectory and lessons learned along the way

  • Episode 202: Katie Brinkworth and Tim Delger of Pereira & O'Dell
    Thu, May 14, 2015

    Katie is a witty, engergetic copywriter. Tim is a multi-talented ACD/AD. Together they're an engaging, award-winning team.

  • Episode 201: Patrick Scullin, Owner and CCO of Ames Scullin O'Haire
    Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    An enlightening visit with a seasoned, wise and talented partner of one of Atlanta's top ad agencies

  • Episode CC (200): Norm Grey, Co-Founder of The Creative Circus
    Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Recently inducted into The One Club's Educators' Hall of Fame, Norm reflects on 55 years as a creative and mentor.

  • Episode 199: April (Mathis) Lauderdale and Burke Lauderdale
    Thu, Apr 02, 2015

    An enlightening and entertaining half hour with April, an art director at Baldwin& in Raleigh and Burke, an ACD/AD at McKinney in Durham

  • Episode 198: Nick Watts and Tim Harkins from Hook Studios in Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Here's one for the motion makers and digital developers of the world, featuring Nick, a partner at Hook, and Tim, Associate Motion Director.

  • Episode 197: SF-based Designer Matthew Wyne
    Thu, Mar 05, 2015

    Matt has combined formidable talent with labor, energy, focus and kindness to create wisdom he's more than happy to share.

  • Episode 196: R/GA LA CD Will Esparza with CW Kervins Chauvet
    Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Great stuff from a couple of guys who work on the Beats by Dr. Dre campaign

  • Episode 195: Chuck McBride, Founder and ECD of Cutwater
    Thu, Feb 05, 2015

    The SF-based, award-winning CD shares lessons learned from a career spent at some of America's best agencies.

  • Episode 194: Jesse Juriga, CD at Google Creative Lab
    Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Now a creative director at Google, Jesse lends his energy, perspective and intelligence to the show for a second time.

  • Episode 193: Brett Swanson of Firstborn
    Thu, Jan 08, 2015

    A look inside the New York shop's recruiting process and career of its (formerly elite basketball-playing) recruiter.

  • Episode 192: Susan Credle, CCO of Leo Burnett
    Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    A lively and enlightening chat with the esteemed Chicago agency's generous, honest and wonderfully articulate creative leader.

  • Episode 191: Ad Man and Author Fred S. Goldberg
    Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    The legendary account guy, agency founder and author of The Insanity of Advertising talks about making big decisions, caring about the work and learning from Jay Chiat.

  • Episode 190: Andy Corbett. Again.
    Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    Senior Copywriter, Publicis Seattle. Topics: Job moves. Titles. Writing. Parenting. Social media. Stand-up comedy.

  • Episode 189: Brandon Voges, Photographer / Partner at Bruton Stroube Studios
    Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Trying, failing, doing, learning and water dancing, discussed amid rumbles of thunder.

  • Episode 188: Andrew Harper, ACD at The Richards Group
    Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    Visiting from Dallas, Andrew shares his thoughts on life balance, taking risks and Moore (as in Matt Moore).

  • Episode 187: Victor Camozzi, SVP/GCD at GSD&M
    Thu, Oct 02, 2014

    According to podcast statisticians, this episode contains at least four keys to success in advertising. One: Stay macro to stay mellow.

  • Episode 186: Pete Harvey, Partner and CD at barrettSF
    Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Andy Corbett, misery, Sandy and 'Melo, singing, ballparks, and fear.

  • Episode 185: John Barker of Barker Advertising & Interactive
    Thu, Sep 04, 2014

    John is living proof that careers, although not always linear, often lead to better things.

  • Episode 184: Jameson Rossi, Copywriter at Translation in New York
    Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    It takes energy to get places, and Jameson is proof of that. Just one year into his ad career he has some great things to say.

  • Episode 183: Dave Rolfe, Director of Production, BBDO NY
    Thu, Aug 07, 2014

    Good ideas become great executions with passion, multiple iterations and, sometimes, intentionally created challenges.

  • Episode 182: Chris Beresford-Hill and Dan Lucey, ECDs at BBDO NY
    Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    A superstar CD team talks candidly about bosses, personal traits, selling great work and their own partnership.

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