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We're here to talk about the bad, the ugly, and what good advertising actually is with insight from the industry’s top creative minds. 

Hosts Amelia and Brian are ad agency creatives on a mission to talk to every capable creative director, copywriter extraordinaire, art directing dynamo, swiss army social strategist, ECD, CCO, PFD, and SOS about what the f&$k a good ad—and ad industry—even looks like.  

The Bad Podcast seeks to answer the question that echoes through every corner of the creative world: is this good? 

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Suzie Bao, IW Group's new VP Account Director for McDonald's stopped by the Bad Pod to talk about...Joy work; engaging career growth and creativity with a focus on multicultural representationLessons on finding mentorship early and often; the courage it takes to embrace people willing to tell you what you are bad atAccelerating and championing Asians in Advertising, a non profit organization dedicated to elevating traditionally overlooked voices and faces. Superpower: being a “fixer” and...
You'll be glad you caught this one. Matt Johnson has paved his ad career as a strategist and now agency founder with determination, humility, and of, course, a heaping helping of creativity. He cut his teeth at some of the most iconic names in LA advertising; Goodby, 72&Sunny, 180LA, and now HaymakerMatt tells us about sharing an alma mater with Dan Weiden and “growing up” in his career path alongside the rise of Jordan in the ‘80s when, for the first time, a single athlete was defining t...
Introducing our guest all the way from Lincoln, Nebraska… Clint Runge, CEO & Founder of Archrival!Turns out, advertising was a second chapter for Clint, who actually started out in architecture and design. Archrival is a youth culture agency setting out to reinvent how brands with the hearts and minds of young adults, teens to twenty-somethings. Clint and his team of 65 have worked with brands like Spotify, Adidas, and Epic Games, and they aren’t slowing down.“Rewriting the Ten ...
After 3 years and over 60 guest interviews, The Bad Pod co-founder, Amelia is leaving the podcast. AND Eric L. Hu, Head of Strategy FinTech at Walmart and our episode 37 guest from August '22, is taking over as co-host! Eric & Brian talk with Amelia about the pod past, our futures, what makes the work "worth it," and what is most important in our professional lives. Please join us in bidding a fond farewell to Amelia and wishing her all the best as she continues to do...
Look no further than this episode's thumbnail image to see that Ryan Mack likes doing things differently. And it's that ability to go with his gut, even and especially when unconventional, that has ushered him through a truly inspiring career. In his words, Ryan Mack's special talent is making small things medium. As the former President of Virtue Worldwide, he did just that, building Vice's agency into an advertising juggernaut. As Chief Commercial Officer at Made In Network, he has overseen...
It's the Happiest of New Years here at The Bad Pod because we finally got to sit down with the co-founders of our long-time sponsors, Book 180!Sarah Latz & Francesca Piancone were PR & Agency professionals who moonlighted as instructors at Chicago Portfolio School. And it's there where they first began to get the idea for another way to do this whole portfolio school thing, and where their friendship blossomed into a co-foundership. And the results are in! It. is. working. Graduates o...
In episode 65 of The Bad Pod, An Ad Pod, we delve into the mind of Ian Baer, an advertising maven with a storied 35-year career at the helm of industry giants like Publicis and TBWA. Ian recounts how the classic sitcom "Bewitched" sparked his initial fascination with advertising, setting him on a path to become a strategic powerhouse in the field.From his early inspirations to his revolutionary work at Sooth, Ian provides a masterclass in advertising strategy and its evolution. Througho...
Allie LeFevere and her co-founder/best friend, Lyndsay Sanders, have been using clever concepts and witty wordplay to grow a wide range of brands, like Blue Bunny ice cream, Native cosmetics, the LA Rams, CMT, and a slew of other organizations across myriad industries. We talk about why humor works, why brands are scared of it, the sweet spot that comes with knowing your niche, and how your side hustle doesn't have to be your career. Episode Links: Obedient AgencyBrandsplainingCan they b...
Rodney Johnson jumped into the deep end on production with his start at Tube Creative, an independent production studio in Atlanta, which gave him his 10,000 of hours of experience and then some. Since then he's only added to his resumé, working on productions in the ad world, for music videos, and beyond. He and Brian met when Rodney was moonlighting as the Creative Circus' video editing instructor and campus guru. Now, he's bottling his extensive knowledge into an easily accessible video ed...
Sebastián is one of our favorite people and fellow VMLYR Commerce employee. Unfortunately for this pod's hosts, that's where the comparison stops, because Sebastián has separated himself from many in the advertising world by having more Lions than sub-Saharan Africa. He joins us off the heals of his most recent win, a Grand Prix for his work on Oreo Codes. Tune in for a world of wisdom from one of the industry's most winning (and totally humble about it) copywriters. Episode Links: Sebastián'...
Episode 61 welcomes back Joshua Womack to talk about his new book about his days as a Cleveland comedian. He tells us what he's learned about book publishing between his debut Copywriting manifesto, "I'm Not a Copywriter But...". He tells us about the importance of a good editor and why he loves the morning time best for his creative pursuits. Buy his new book at the link below!Episode Links: "You Are Not That Funny: Stories from Cleveland Stand-Up" on AmazonFind us us on Twitter, Instagram, ...
Extra thanks to our episode 60 (!!) guest Ellie Lloyd, Executive Creative Director at Glow, who joined us amidst a tropical storm that was falling on top of her Los Angeles home. But the connection holds out and we get a special look at her extensive career in advertising with a focus on promoting for hit movies and television series like The Last Jedi, The Rolling Thunder Review, Mayans, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Legion, Ready Player One and more. She brings us insights on building...
His friends call him "Mundo." Mundo Sando if they're being proper.Edmund Sandoval is a Chicago-based Senior Copywriter for R/GA and a writer writer in his time outside of agency life. He brings us yet another completely unique story about a nonlinear entrance into advertising. He tells us how the pandemic shaped his creative life and what it feels like to submit a story. For anyone with art in their heart, Mundo's story will resonate completely. And for anyone with advertising on the brain, h...
Episode Summary: "Spark of Creativity: Philip Khosid's Journey with Battery LA"In this episode of "The Bad Pod, Advertising Podcast," we interview Philip Khosid, the co-founder of Battery LA. With a background in Grey Worldwide and BBDO, Philip's journey led him to establish Battery in 2013, which saw him crafting campaigns for titans like Warner Bros. and NBC Universal.Philip talks about Battery's philosophy that "the idea is king," how audacity in creativity can spark innovations, and how a...
These young creatives gamified the Cannes Lion experience with The Loudest Roar, a virtual juror experience for anyone with an eye for advertising to see how their taste stacks up against the real Cannes jury selections. Chirag Khushalani is a strategist at AKQA Media City where he and his co-worker, Tobbi Vu, a UX/UI designer got the ball rolling on this budding community experience. Alongside an Art Director and Copywriter, the four of them launched the inaugural year of The Loudest R...
Long-time creative team and co-founders of Major Agency, Andrew Fatato & Dave Haller join us for episode 56 to talk about their new pocket-portfolio school, Handbook for Hacks. It's a concise and thorough breakdown of the job of being a creative in advertising. We talk about the foundations of advertising, the problems facing modern advertising schools, their plant food side hustle, and how an accidental freelance project in Japan led them to founding their own agency. Episode Links:...
In this episode of TBP, Brian sits down with Mark Robinson, a senior marketing and strategy executive and author of the new book, "Black on Madison Avenue" (available everywhere July 1st). The lack of diversity in advertising has been a long-standing concern, and Mark sheds light on the industry's ongoing struggles with empathy and inclusivity.Mark shares how his mother's career and a life growing up in St. Albans Queens influenced his aspirations. He reflects on an incredibly cre...
On The Bad Pod Episode 53, Brian reunites with his former mentor, Dan Balser, Director of The Academy at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners., a free tuition advertising portfolio program based at the historical agency. They discuss the inaugural year of The Academy and Dan shares insights into triumphs won and challenges faced overall. Episode Links: The AcademyFind us us on Twitter, Instagram, and at The Bad Podcast dot com
We're joined by Pete Sena, Co-Founder of Digital Surgeons, a forward-thinking design consultancy of makers marketers and entrepreneurs. Pete shares his journey as a design-led entrepreneur and his passion for unlocking new possibilities and building businesses with DS. Be sure to check out Pete's own podcast, "Forward Obsessed," where he shares conversations from the forefront of emerging tech and business trends.Episode Links: Pete Sena's SiteDigital SurgeonsFind us us on Twitter, Instagram,...
In episode 52 of TBP, Amelia interviews Matt Van Hoven, co-founder of Nashville-based Raven PR firm. Raven PR is known for its strategic public relations services, catering to the world's most creative businesses including ad agencies, media and production companies, ad tech platforms, creative technology businesses, media networks, and publishers. Their expertise lies in shaping the market perception of their clients and translating their unique qualities into narratives that drive the ...
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