June 16, 2022

Old School/New School

Yesterday I went around town with copies of my partner Eddie Babaian's résumés and posted them outside some of the agencies here in LA. This morning I posted them to LinkedIn with the caption:

Eddie and I grew up hearing if we wanted a job, we just needed to walk in and ask for the hiring manager. COVID/WFH has made that more difficult, so we left our resumes where some agencies would find them.

Mother LA
RPA
Deutsch LA
TBWA\Chiat\Day LA
72&Sunny

So far the post has over 160 likes and 14,000+ impressions. Thank you to all the agencies for having a sense of humor and not issuing cease and desists to us.

Update: Less than a week later we are up to 27k+ impressions. Crazy.

June 3, 2022

“Reorganized”

Found out this morning I was being let go as a part of an agency reorganization, which is the long way of saying I'm back on the market for full-time and freelance work. Please reach out if you need someone. I also come with a partner now, Eddie Babaian.

We have a ton of experience across verticals and are happy to work our frumpy butts off for you.

May 20, 2022

Between 2 Rides

Earlier this week the trailer for my new project dropped. My partner Eddie and I have been working on this since I started in January. The final payoff will be five 7-10 minute episodes that will live on eBay Motors new YouTube Channel. It was a massive production with 6 shoot days (5 consecutive) where we shot an episode a day, the 6th was a studio day. You can watch the trailer below and as things release I'll be adding a new page collecting it all on my home page.

February 2, 2022

Home

Decide to do an illustration of my house. My now wife and I moved in back in June of last year and things have gone pretty well since.

I'm debating the merits of starting an Etsy shop where I sell custom prints of people's homes.

January 9, 2022

Inglewood

Got bored and fidgety so I started playing around in Illustrator and then Photoshop. This was the result. Context, I live in Inglewood.

December 1, 2021

New Job!

Starting with The Many on January 3rd.

December 1, 2021

LinkedIn Ad School Rant

It really does bother me that agencies don't want to train people on the job anymore. I think it makes a huge impact on who can get into the field. Journalism has the same problem when I was working there. The only people who could take internships were people from families that made enough money to subsidize the experience. It excludes anyone from middle or lower class backgrounds, and that's a problem.

November 21, 2021

Pigeon Art

I shot a photo last year and when I was looking at it again I thought it could be better as a digital painting.

November 8, 2021

Dumb Linkedin Things

Last Friday while I was eating lunch I started thinking about the people who post weird exploitative stories that usually involve a child teaching them some lesson. I usually find these posts cringe-y and felt like calling them out.

Apparently it resonated and got over 13k views.

October 20, 2021

Baby Waller

My fiancé's brother had a baby the other month and we occasionally get photos of him. We got one today that just screamed album cover so I threw this together.

October 6, 2021

Oh Snap!

I was playing around with a design in Illustrator and decided to finish it out in Photoshop with a photo I shot last week in Venice Beach.

Usually when I'm working on stuff I try to work in such a way that'll make my life easier as I come back to do revisions.

Not gonna lie, I didn't do that this time and I regret it. For some reason I decided not to pen tool the skater and it made everything 5x more difficult than it needed to be. I ended up masking by hand with the paint brush which succckkkkkked. Especially since I didn't use my Wacom, just the track pad on my laptop.

You live and learn though, won't be making that mistake again.