What do you do?
EXPECTATION: I’m the Next Great American Novelist -- a renaissance man who writes like James Salter, shoots film like Hiro Murai, heartbreaks like Hanya Yangihara, pens screenplays like Donald Glover, and sees the world like Daniel Arnold.
REALITY: A copywriter who occasionally writes creative non-fiction.
Are you available?
Yes, I am available for freelance and open to full-time opportunities.
Hey, why do you have the word “adverts” in your site title, are you British?
Nah, mate, far from it. I think adverts simply sounds cooler than ads. I also recently decided to insert the word content into the title as well, but there’s no room.
Where do you live?
New York, NY.
Where do you want to live?
Los Angeles, CA.
Where are you from?
What is your biggest flaw as a human?
I’m a Dallas Cowboys fan.
Did Dez catch the ball?
Ask to see my tattoo.
Where are good ideas from?
Good ideas aren’t created in a vacuum. I think good ideas exist in classic forms of literature: film, books, music, cave paintings; and more recently in newer places like video games, unscripted reality shows, sports, a conversation with your cab driver. I adamantly believe that a good creative is only as strong as the palette they’re pulling references from.
What are your top five films?
Lost In Translation, The Godfather, Boyhood, Arrival, Spirited Away.
Where have you worked before?
In reverse chronological order: Head Brand creative at a fitness/wellness company called Performix. R/GA NY as a senior writer and lead creative on Nike. Before that Anomaly, wieden + kennedy NY, and 72andSunny Los Angeles. Also, I have bylines for Complex Magazine, Four-Pins and Hawaii Civil Beat.
What differences have you found working brand side vs agency side?
Neither have the right amount of chefs working on a particular dish. Agencies have too many personalities each trying to add their own signature spice and brand side doesn't have signature spices. Therefore, the correct answer is whatever place has better lunch options.
Where did you go to school?
I have a Journalism degree from the University of Oregon. But I also have an Associate’s Degree from Lane Community College. That’s noteworthy because going to a community college taught me a lot about who I am and how I have to work to achieve an end product.
Who makes the best hot dogs?
What is your greatest achievement?
I won my Fantasy Football league in 2014 and 2016. I also randomly scored a ton of points in a pickup basketball games a few years ago, which included hitting two transition 3's and blocking a dude going up for a layup.
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