Pelle Nilsson: BRF Founder & CEO

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How do you motivate others? I like to let people get the space to build confidence. Listen a lot and try to make them make the right decision through conversation and not finger pointing. For creativity, you need to let people know it’s okay to fail and that we all do that. We have to fail to learn and advance, and to come up with the next big idea. Being an international business, you also have to understand different cultures and adapt to them. Motivating people in the U.S compared to Germany is very different.

Career advice to those in your industry? You have to show that you really want something and you have to go for it. When you see the opportunity, take it and never look back. If you want to work with something that you’re really passionate about, it doesn’t feel like a job and that’s when you know you’re on the right path.

As a director and producer you have to always be curious. It’s hard and almost impossible to follow all trends, but if you’re passionate and curious, it will come naturally. Continuously try to find new ways of storytelling, learn about new technologies, distributions and platforms. This diversity will not only elevate your portfolio, but also create opportunities for you to thrive. 

Phillip B. Goldfine: Hollywood Media Bridge Founder

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How did you get into the industry? I was always in love with the idea of entertainment from a very early age. I remember watching television and just loving it. What 5-year-old kid doesn’t? Throughout high school and college—even though I was involved in other academia—the entertainment business remained a draw (as it still does today). My story is much like many others. I interned for various companies and worked my way up the ladder.

Industry Challenges: I think the challenge is going to be finding quality projects for the new streaming services and the VR technology that’s emerging. Five years from now, there will be an entirely new landscape in the entertainment space.

Sallyanne Massimini: Palo Pictures Founder & Director

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My Tip of the Day: I  heard this and thought it was pretty great: When something goes wrong in your life just yell PLOT TWIST! And move on.

What should everyone try at least once? Surrendering to the universe, looking at every situation as a glass half full.

Where do you enjoy getting lost? Well I’ve got a pretty big imagination, so probably there. But if we are talking literally, I was recently lost in the halls on the ABC Disney lot, which is always special, looking at all the old posters and artwork.

Bettina Hanna: Filmmaker

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My Goal of the Day: Always finish editing my endless projects

What drink do you need to get through the day? Coffee to go through the day for sure. Tea at the end, most days I have chamomile or pomegranate tea.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account? Instagram for sure. I love going on road trips so I really like Adventure Aide, NatGeo and Jimmy Chin accounts.

What should everyone try at least once? Meditating. 

Susan Rockefeller: Philanthropist & Founder & EIC, Musings Magazine

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Highlights:

My Action of the Day: Inspire hope through my actions and my work with my digital newsletter, Musings.

My Tip of the Day: Keep moving your body. Make sure to get up, stretch, and walk. The best way to stay healthy is to move.

What do you love most about Your City? I love New York’s architectural beauty andthe amount of clean air and water it has for a city of its size. I also love the diversity of amazing art institutions that it offers, and that it acts as a magnet for global convening.

What are you doing at 7:00 PM – I’m hopefully home! My husband and I often have after work engagements such as art openings or talks at the Council on Foreign Relations, but we always aim to be at our apartment for dinner by 8pm.  

Kyle and Liam Alexander: Filmmaking Duo

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Our NativeAdVert:

Filmmaking duo Kyle and Liam Alexander are working are launching their documentary Stroke of Genius, where they have interviewed people who have overcome life-changing, traumatic medical events. They have documented 9 individuals from New York City, Nashville, Austin, Denver, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Seattle. They are hoping to use their online momentum and strategic partnerships to create an Internet based video platform for people to share their own story to enrich the lives of others. 

My Goal of the Day:

    • Liam: Get through 80% of my to do list…

    • Kyle: Make one person smile, since it rhymes with Kyle :)

    • Liam : Wow, I just got so trounced by Kyle’s goal of the day!  Haha, mine is so lame *adds to to-do list “come up with better goal of the day”. 

My Thought of the Day:

    • Liam: Today, this is my thought;  “If you don't say it, it does not exist.  Don't hide it.  Don't play it over in your head.  Have the conversation out loud with the people who matter and do it today! “

    • Kyle: When I wake up in the morning I think about what person I can connect with.  I am sharing and learning something new in this world with each person I connect to.

My Action of the Day:

    • Liam: Gee… my action? I take so many different actions all day long, included but not limited to: talking, walking, writing, organizing, thinking, creating, painting… 

    • Kyle: Everything that there is to accomplish.  Without action, nothing gets done.

Our Pic of the Day:

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What do you love most about Your City?

    • Liam : We are spoiled rotten in NYC!  Literally anything you want is available at any time of the day.  Need a Lion at 12:30am?  No problem.  Whenever I travel I am just reminded of how spoiled we are.  You would not imagine the profound lack of availability of Jamaican beef patties at any hour of the night in other parts of the world. 

    • Kyle: There is something different around every corner, and yet you can find everything you need to live the rest of your life in one neighborhood . Coming from SoCal, I have yet to find good guacamole.  

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

    • Liam: I eat the same thing for breakfast almost every day; egg whites, avocado, jalapeños, and cabbage in a bowl with hot sauce. #breakfastofchampions  I have one main diet rule: when you are by yourself eat ridiculously lean. (veggies, egg whites, cottage cheese, organic trail-mix, apples, no dressings, no sauces) This way when I go out I can eat whatever I want and I don’t have to even think about it. I never experience “food remorse” and never second guess myself at a restaurant or out with friends.  Curly fries!  Burritos!  Hook it up!  Favorite Restaurant: The Cottage in Union Square #IfYouKnowYouKnow 

    • Kyle: Right now, avocado toast with a poached egg on top.  But I make the best pancakes. My all time favorite restaurant is The Little Owl in the West Village. 

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM –

Kyle: Waking up and re-checking my to-do’s that day.

Liam: God Bless you Kyle, you will NOT find me up at 6am.  You will find me fast asleep dreaming  

Kyle: That’s probably why I end my day before you!

Liam: LOL 

10:00 AM -

    • Liam: 10am each day we have our #StrokeofGenius morning meeting.  Whether we are in the same room or across the country on a conference call; in a group, or just Kyle and I, we start every meeting the same.  We go around in a circle and each of us share: 

1 -  The most impactful moment in our life from the last 24 hours.

2 - Three things we are grateful for. 

    • Kyle: It changes your thought process and you can actually create possibilities for yourself and others who are engaged with the conversation.  It sets you up for success, and with a to-do list a mile long sending us working into the night we not only need coffee, but the right positive mindset.  Gratefuls and sharing impactfuls have to be one of the best things we have implemented into our work and life. 

    • Liam: Yeah it really grounds us, and also orients us as a team everyday.  Through this practicewe get to know each other better.  This ritual has changed my life.  

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

    • Liam: I don’t really have lunch, mostly I just eat trailmix.  Coast to Coast Trailmix is my go to lunch.  But I read once in this book (I believe was written by Oprah’s assistant) that Oprah never had a meal without someone influential present.   She always took power lunches. That sounds amazing to me.  If I had lunch, I would do that. 

    • Kyle: Liam doesn’t really have lunch, but I venture out because I know the balance of nutrition.  Now, I bring a lunch, like a salad or I try to eat something healthy to give me energy for the rest of the day.   

7:00 PM - 

    • Kyle: Mondays I’m usually starting a game of basketball at 7pm lasting until 9:30pm.  Any other day of the week I am having dinner meetings, drinks, networking, building relationships, Thursday Art Walk in Chelsea, finishing my to-do list for the next day or hosting the organization that I am a part of, “House of Genius”.

    • Liam:  Usually at 7pm I’m returning to the Office/Studio.  I have a routine that I go to the gym in the evening, workout and also meditate, take a steam, and relax.  Its kind of awesome because it completes the day for me.  Then I get back into the office around 8/9pm and I can return to a project with fresh eyes, or work on a new art piece with freedom and ease.   

11:00 PM -

    • Kyle: I try and finish my work by 8pm so I can either reflect on my day and/or set changes for tomorrow.  By 11pm I try and make it a habit to watch a documentary 2 days a week.  Or I will spend my nights catching up with family and friends over a glass of wine before bed.

    • Liam: Maybe on a date… but… usually in the studio.  Actually 10 - 12 is one of my favorite times to work on creative stuff.  I’m usually feeling accomplished and free after a complete day and I’ll just be kicking it in the studio doing whatever. 

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

    • Liam: Seltzer Water! Saratoga Seltzer Water or Vintage is my jam.  I drink it all day and all night.   Also, Cafe Bustelo is life.  A Cafe Bustelo sponsorship would change my life. 

Kyle: 2 cups of coffee in the morning, 1 Chef V green drink or fruit smoothy on my way to     work, 2 cups of tea in the afternoon, and 1 small cup of afternoon jo.  In between, I like to have glasses of water.  I usually end my day with a glass of wine and tea.   

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

    • Liam: According to “Screentime” my most used app is “messages” LOL  Actually, I am extremely watchful of my app usage and phone time, until the new Iphone release I had a parent control app installed on my phone to lock me out of using most apps.  Wait, that’s my favorite app!  Screentime!  On the new Iphone OS, it shows you how much time you use on each app, and allows you to set time limits.  I love that.  Life happens out here, in the world, with people, call me, lets go do something!  I don’t use apps, I have no alerts, I get no notifications, I don’t have facebook installed, time limit on my instagram, my brother Max said it best: when it comes to social media “Don’t scroll, strategic plan your face off!”

    • Kyle: My favorite Apps have to be Headspace and ESPN. My favorite IG accounts - I love spending time on @shareyourstrokeofgenius and engaging with our community. Other than that, I love IG quotes.  

What should everyone try at least once?

    • Kyle: Skydiving. Been 3 times. You don’t even know you are falling, and the feeling when you first leave the plane….I’m going to leave that to you!    

    • Liam: Try everything once, Try everything twice damn it!  People are so scared and people always go to the grave regretting the things they don’t do.  Take that risk, call that person, take the leap.  You will be ok.  In fact, you'll be better for it.  ….and Skydiving OMG +1 Kyle. 

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

    • Kyle: I love getting lost in a new neighborhood, especially when I am late or trying to make a meeting on time.  Why?  Because then I have a story to tell, an honest story, which generally excuses my tardiness and brings a fresh air to the environment in the meeting.  It’s like going on random locations with a date, having no destination in sight, ending up at a supermarket, laughing at spontaneous things about life, all while loving how the night actually ended up. 

    • Liam: I love that Kyle, +1 +1 I’m always lost.  I have a commitment to discovery and living in discovery.  That’s life.  When you’re not lost it’s a surefire sign you’re not challenging yourself.  If you feel like you’ve got everything figured out, take a hint from Kyle and go get yourself lost.

Abigail Disney: CEO, Fork Films & Founder, Peace is Loud Charity

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My Deed of the Day: Supporting other filmmakers.  I feel an intense responsibility to look after not only my own work, but to support the work of others who might not have the access and privilege that I have.  So I spend a lot of time doing as much as I can to help other filmmakers.

My Tip of the Day: I have never, ever regretted a decision I made that required either courage or generosity.  Everything might not always have worked as I'd have wished, but even when that happened, something good always ultimately resulted.  

What do you love most about Your City?  I love that my city, New York, is a big bubbling stew of people and art and ideas and politics and business.  Everybody is either there, or has been there or wants to go there and when they get there everything speeds up.  New York is my non stop injection of adrenaline and joy,

Radha Bharadwaj: Award-winning Writer & Director

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My Goal of the Day:  Do something creative (write, flesh out a plot, edit, direct or act) every day.

My Tip of the Day:  Try to see non-human life forms as creatures that have an equal right to life and happiness.

What should everyone try at least once? 

Cruelty-free living.  It will do wonders for your health—mental, physical and spiritual.  And hopefully you won’t want to go back.

Candice Vernon: Writer/Director/Producer

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My Goal of the Day: To push the needle forward on my projects in development, whether that’s a script revision, reading other screenplays, watching films, networking, or simply honing my craft by shooting and/or learning new techniques. I also strive daily to keep God at the center of everything I do and be grateful that I get to play make believe for a living.

My Thought of the Day: “What a fi yuh, cyan be un fi yuh”. It’s a Jamaican proverb that I think of daily as I navigate through life’s peaks and valleys. The translation is “what is for you, can’t be not for you’. The meaning is: If it is meant to be, it will be. What is yours will always be yours.

What should everyone try at least once?

Everyone should travel outside of their country of origin at least once and experience other cultures.

Anthony Meindl: Award winning Writer, Director, Acting teacher, & Founder Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop (AMAW)

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My Goal of the Day: To be as fully present in each moment as I can. =

My Tip of the Day: Try to laugh more and not take any of it too seriously. Always contextualize: The planet has been around for 4.5 billion years (!) – our time on this earth is really inconsequential in the big scheme of things.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant? Blue Jam Café.

What should everyone try at least once? An acting class!! It’s life changing. And teaches you empathy.

Aqsa Altaf: Filmmaker

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My Goal of the Day: To make progress on the feature I am writing and work on the mood board for my short film. 

What do you love most about Your City? I love the weather in Los Angeles. Everyday is a beautiful day filled with positive energy. It allows me to be productive and helps with taking nice walks in between long creative sessions.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account? Letterboxd! And favorite Instagram account is Somewheremagazine!

 What should everyone try at least once? Traveling alone.

Where do you enjoy getting lost? Bookshops

Tiffany Frances: Film director & Photographer

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My NativeAdVert: (Personal and/or Career)

Tiffany Frances is a film director and photographer based in Los Angeles and New York City. Her work includes narrative, commercials, branded content, and music videos. Her background working as a Casting Director, Editor, and Producer on many commercials and music videos has made her a well-rounded director. Her personal work has screened at several festivals such as La Femme Film Festival, Nitehawk Shorts Festival, Brand Film Festival, Berlin Fashion Film Festival, and has been featured on publications such as Paper Magazine, Ladygunn, Stereogum, among others. She has worked with renowned clients such as National Geographic, Citi, and Acura. She was recently selected to be in SHOOT Magazine's 16th Annual New Directors Showcase.

Her passions lie in writing female stories in interesting ways, thinking about sustainable solutions in beauty and fashion, spearheading a community garden, surfing and travelling, and taking portraits of people she loves. She also composes music as Porcelain Skyline. In her film work, she is committed to bring a voice to women and the underrepresented.

My Goal of the Day: To take another step towards my larger goals.

My Thought of the Day: Feel grateful at life’s every turn.

My Action of the Day: Lead by example, fight for your passions, and confront your fears.

My Deed of the Day: Be generous in all that you can offer when it comes to interacting with others.

My Tip of the Day: Keep moving forward but also take the time to reflect. 

My Pic of the Day: (any additional pic that expresses something special)

I took this on a recent weekend trip to San Diego – this moment watching surfers under a gorgeous sunset at one of my favorite spots ever was truly stunning.

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

I’ve been in –between Los Angeles and New York City lately – and I love both cities for the reasons that they balance each other out. I enjoy the hustle and street smarts NYC has to offer, while also love the access to nature and chiller vibes of LA.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

For my daily breakfast, I love a natural granola with English Breakfast tea with honey and almond milk. If I were to eat out – my go-to choice a Taiwanese breakfast place that’s in my hometown Hacienda Heights called 4 Sea Restaurant – it’s got rice rolls, radish cakes, and all sorts of soy milk.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Sleeping, hopefully, until 7 or 8. On a productive day, I’m writing.

10:00 AM – Have finished my breakfast and either at a surf session, or working and checking off my list.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal? 

A healthy, super leafy salad with a delicious fruit smoothie hits the spot. 

7:00 PM - If I’m not finishing up work, then I’m either out with a close friend having good conversation over dinner, making dinner at home, or checking out a sunset over the sea.

11:00 PM – Watching an addicting show or movie, with a glass of wine.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)? 

Water – and lots of it.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

I’ve been frequenting Redfin lately. On Instagram: @theoceanisfemale and @girlgaze

What should everyone try at least once?

Moving somewhere far and drastically different from home – gaining perspective is the richest experience.

Where do you enjoy getting lost? 

In a different country whilst travelling, in the midst of nature.

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Anne-Laure D’hooghe: Video Editor

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My NativeAdVert:

Anne-Laure D’hooghe moved from Paris to New York after earning her masters in Semiotics over 7 years ago. She established herself as a commercial editor working for brands such as Amazon, Google, Airbnb and more recently started to diversify to documentaries and music videos and just collaborated with Ariana Grande and director Hannah Lux Davis on Breathin’.She is represented in New York by Rock Paper Scissors and is also on Free the Bid to promote female artists in the industry. Website: nanahrj.com Instagram @nanah_rj Twitter @nanah_rj

My Goal of the Day: Feeling accomplished 

My Thought of the Day: When Henry Winkler won his Emmy, he said something that stuck with me: « If you stay at the table long enough, the chips come to you » and that’s how I see life, if I start something, I keep trying until it finally pays off. 

My Action of the Day: I do everything with a smile

My Deed of the Day: Giving clothes, recycling, composting. I do my best to be a good person everyday, for other, the planet and myself.

My Tip of the Day: Spend less time on the phone, I’m so tired of seeing everyone looking at their phone everywhere especially walking down the street.

My Pic of the Day: (any additional pic that expresses something special)

I miss Paris dearly and this is the background on my laptop which I get to look at everyday. It’s my piece of home away from home…

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City? I love the energy in New York, the melting pot of cultures. I’m an immigrant myself so it’s great to be surrounded with people from other cultures and we’re all far from our homes but find ourselves to be this one big family of New Yorkers. I can’t imagine living in any other city.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Anything with poached eggs and La Pecora Bianca is my go to breakfast spot

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM –  Sleeping but waking up soon and trying to squeeze a workout before work

10:00 AM - Working and drinking my 3rd espresso of the day by then

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

I unfortunately often eat at work but Taste of Persia is a small Persian place in Chelsea and it’s without question my favorite lunch spot. 

7:00 PM -  Still working but trying to wrap up so I can either go home or 

11:00 PM - Reading in bed if I’m not already asleep

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)? COFFEE - usually 5-6 espressos

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

NYT crosswords, Chess with Friends, Twitter then Instagram. My favorite Instagram account is probably the Bon Appetit one or anything food related ones.

What should everyone try at least once? 

Whelks. For those who don’t know, they’re like sea snails. They’re so underrated and they’re one of my favorite things.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

Any city in the world. And bookstores. 

Nancy Jacobsen: Executive Producer & Partner, Crew Cuts

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My NativeAdVert:

Crew Cuts Executive Producer and Partner, Nancy Jacobsen, started at the front desk and worked her way up the corporate ladder. She is extremely hard working and continues to work with the best and the brightest in the biz. With her first-hand experience, she encourages promotion from within the company and is always looking out for her employees by encouraging them in their craft and by providing resources and tools to help them succeed.  This year, Studio Daily honored Nancy as an Exceptional Woman in Production and Post.

Crew Cuts has been recognized with over 200 awards over the past 20 years. These accolades include, but are not limited to, The Sundance Festival, Clios, Emmys, London International, Cannes Lions and Grammys. Crew Cuts is very proud to be certified as a women owned business with the WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council) and has been certified as a minority company since 2010. Nancy is a huge advocate for supporting women in the industry.  Outside of work, Nancy is a loving wife and mother of 2. You can often find her jamming out to Grateful Dead or mixing up a Frescata.

My Goal of the Day:  Be kind to all & call my mom

My Thought of the Day: Be healthy today

My Action of the Day: Walk home from work

My Deed of the Day:  Held door for someone on the subway

My Tip of the Day: Be patient and smile

My Pic of the Day:

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City? 

Fruit on the street; pop up shops and live music

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Baked eggs at Café Luxembourg

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM –  showering, making kids breakfast & lunch, prepping for dinner

10:00 AM – production meeting at work

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal? 

Szechuan Gourmet on West 39th

7:00 PM -  Homework with kids or out for drinks

11:00 PM – sleeping , still out or binge watching TV

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Water – all day every day!

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

E-mail and right now it’s subway creatures on Insta

What should everyone try at least once?

Traveling outside of the US

Where do you enjoy getting lost? 

China Town in NYC

How did you get into the industry?:

I was living in NYC during my last year of college at Oneonta and about to graduate.  I was going to have to move home to Long Island unless I could come up with rent for the next month. I was working part time at an accessories factory and going on every interview that I could get in the fashion merchandising industry. My boss told me to interview where his daughter was currently working at a post-production company. From the moment I walked in to the interview for the receptionist position I knew this is where I had to work; not only was everyone wearing jeans, we were also shooting crumpled up paper through hoops into the garbage can throughout the entire interview!

Your key initiatives for the success of the Business? Greatest Accomplishment?:

While I was moving up through the ranks at Crew Cuts the climate of the industry was quite different than it is now a days. The industry & the environment were frenetic, creative and collaborative.  It was an industry where you could work hard and leave your stamp.  Working hard meant 12-18 hour days!  Long hours were the standard, working weekends were common, and most OT was scheduled last minute.  Despite working so much, the employees loved what they were doing and we felt we were contributing and making creative concepts come to life.  The atmosphere was “work hard, play harder” and I wanted to promote and expand on that.  Couldn’t this amazing industry be even more fun and even more generous for employees, allowing them to generate an even greater work ethic?  At my company “hanging out” is part of the job.  We’ve created an inclusive environment not only for the clients, but one where the employees could truly feel empowered.  Crew Cuts feels like a family and we boost productivity by giving employees back what they put in.

Career advice to those in your industry?

Network every contact possible to get your foot in the door.

Get over yourself and pay your dues. Work harder than you ever thought was possible without complaining.  Don’t expect to get anything handed to you.  Use your drive and passion to help you move forward & just go for it.  Be kind to everyone. Don’t take things personally, they never are.

What do you believe has been your most successful decisions and biggest mistake and how did you learn from your mistakes?

My most successful decision was to buy in to my company years ago & become an equity partner.  I was young and it was a huge investment and I had to take out a bank loan.  I went back and forth on this decision and ultimately decided that I would not let myself fail.  My hard work would be a part of the success of my company so I had to make it worth the risk. 

One of my biggest mistakes earlier on in my career was underestimating client expectations and potentially undermining the relationship.  As I grow in work and in life the decision to “take the high road” is one of the most important lessons I’ve learned. The few times when I did not take this path, attempting to cut corners here or there, the situations escalated and only worsened the outcome. In this business, the customer is not necessarily always right. However, their needs and expectations must be managed, met or exceeded. Otherwise, you are at risk of losing a colleague and ultimately damaging a working relationship as well as your reputation.  

Most visited websites on your browser?

Instagram, CNN, Youtube, Amazon, Google, NBC

What’s next for Nancy Jacobsen:

In the last few years Crew Cuts has launched in to production work as well. I’m excited to watch us expand our production arm. I’d also like to see us creating more social and digital work for more diverse media outlets. There is so much creative content needed for alternative mediums and we are in an exciting time where we can partner with clients we haven’t had the opportunity to work with in the past!

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Jenny Ng Mei Mei: Filmmaker

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My NativeAdVert:

Jenny is from a tiny city island called Singapore. Like every other Singaporean, she studied hard in school and earned herself a business degree. But right after graduation, she decided against being too predictable. Without any experience, she ventured into the creative field. First as an advertising copywriter, then a scriptwriter, and now, a TVC director. Due to her several identities rolled into one, she would rather be known as a Creative Dabbler. Someone who dabbles with ideas and possibilities, because there is no end to her imagination. Her main career? She thinks, she daydreams, she writes, she films. For the past 15 years, she has been keeping her mind and soul busy with her writing, storytelling and filmmaking craft. 

My Goal of the Day: To start and end each day with a smile.

My Thought of the Day: What should I eat today that will make me really happy?

My Action of the Day: To wake, to pray, to work. 

My Deed of the Day: To have been alive and well enough to get to work. 

My Tip of the Day: To be thankful for everything you have and don’t have. 

My Pic of the Day: (any additional pic that expresses something special)

I like to spot stray cats on the streets. And trust me, they are always looking at my lenses.

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

A peaceful nation. A strong (but unfair) government system. A city spoilt with choices.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Singapore’s hawker centres. Google it please, they have everything.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – On a good day, I will be dreaming my last set of dreams and remembering it at 8am.

On a better day, I will be sitting behind the monitor on a shoot set, giving instructions on the walkie talkie, and directing my LAST scene.

10:00 AM – The time when my mind starts with nothing so I can fill it with something as the minute ticks by.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

Homecooked meals with loved ones at home. Best. 

7:00 PM -  Shooting up from my seat and flying out of the office door. Especially if I’ve been stuck inside the whole day. 

11:00 PM – Lying in bed, giving a prayer of thanks and dreaming my final daydream.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Water at 56 degrees. At least 2 litres.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

Any cat fanatic.

What should everyone try at least once?

Going under General Anesthesia. Or eating pig’s ears. 

Where do you enjoy getting lost? 

My neighbourhood. So I can get back home right after.

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Devi Brulé: Film & Commercial Director

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My NativeAdVert:

Devi Brulé is a film and commercial director known for her visual sophistication and use of sensory detail to stir emotion and desire. Raised on a secluded island in Washington, her childhood was steeped in nature — now a rich inspiration for her work. Her style is often characterized by an intimate aesthetic, revealing a detailed fascination with texture and human touch, and a reverence for small wonders — light, breath, the purity of the natural world.

Her film Euphoria won coveted Best in Show and Gold Davey Awards, as well as festival honors for Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, and an Audience Choice Award. Devi has directed for Calvin Klein, Olay, Burt's Bees, Unilever, Nestle and Walmart, among others. She also directed a branded series starring Ashton Kutcher and featuring Jason Bateman, Kim Kardashian and Gary Busey.  She is most at home out in the elements, capturing wild landscapes and foreign terrains on a quest for the ethereal.

My Goal of the Day: Connect with inspiration, focus on the good, and learn something that will contribute to my growth, my relationships, or my creative voice.

My Thought of the Day: I am the observer. I am not my passing thoughts and fears.

My Action of the Day: Keep my attitude positive/helpful, and do something in support of a long-term vision of beauty and wholeness – for myself and for the world.

My Deed of the Day: Bring a smile to someone’s face, offer a compliment, or make someone feel really listened to.

My Tip of the Day: Intentionally look for positive aspects. You get what you continually look for and expect, and your focus winds up ruling your days – and ultimately, your direction in life.

My Pic of the Day:

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What do you love most about Your City?

Los Angeles is crazy-ambitious, full of people taking creative action and collaborating. People here dream of greatness, and in spite of all the hurdles, they’re still striving to achieve their dream. So many, many people have their dreams crushed out of them, or let them go because time passes or they have kids and somehow “it just isn’t reasonable.” So quickly we become downtrodden, or fail to see any creative way to pursue a calling. Continually honoring your inner vision is a tremendous feat, especially when it can take a couple decades or more to bear meaningful fruit. L.A. has so much tenacity, and I really respect that.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Recently I’ve discovered the ease and luxury of poached eggs at home. My boyfriend has figured out a few tricks and is becoming quite the chef. I’m also a big fan of waffles with berries and cream, but let’s be real, that’s not a regular occurrence... Notably, I try to relax while eating, and set aside other activities so I’m more present at the table.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM:  Alarm – tea – meditate. Walk, or sit and appreciate the birds with tea slowly warming my insides. It’s so important for me to set my attitude first thing in the morning. It’s the difference between a mediocre day of overwhelm, and a patient day of productivity and ease. Plus if my mind isn’t in a good state, it affects those around me. So especially for leading a team, it’s paramount to set my mind on the right track.

10:00 AM: Depending on the phase of production, I may be writing a pitch, writing a commercial treatment, making a lookbook, in a casting session, location scouting, directing on set, editing footage, reviewing audio, meeting with collaborators, talking with my manager, or reading a script. This is what I love about being in film/advertising and working freelance – there’s so much variety.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

Sitting next to someone I love, pretty much anywhere. Village Bakery in Atwater is great – it’s a true bakery so you can pick up a loaf of sourdough, too. Alcove Café has a nice atmosphere and big patio, and I love being outside so I have a lot of meetings there. I tend to eat a very late breakfast, so lunch often slides into the afternoon or combines with dinner.

7:00 PM: Usually still churning – editing, color correction, emails, submitting a new cut of a commercial. Sometimes there’s a special screening or industry workshop. More often I go for a walk around sunset/dusk to reinvigorate and connect with myself. When I’m not under deadline, I may start to wind down and watch a movie. That’s usually later though. I dream of one day accomplishing everything for the day by 7pm and I’m asleep by 9:30 – Adult Ambitions.

11:00 PM:  I hope to be asleep by now. Often I’m finishing a movie or binge-watching a series. Or discussing historical geo-politics and the future of humanity with my Mensa boyfriend.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

I’m very much a tea enthusiast. Black tea first thing in the morning. Followed by green tea or more black. I must have decaf options, though; being highly caffeinated doesn’t quite go with my zen ambitions. Usually mint or nettle tea in the afternoon. And water!

What should everyone try at least once?

Active Curiosity. Intentionally try on someone else’s perspective, particularly with something that irritates you or feels utterly foreign. This could be simply asking genuine questions in conversation, and really using your imagination. It could be reading something you suspect will go against your model of the world. This is really about genuine curiosity. Most people know their opinion and are sticking to it, but it’s a lack of curiosity that kills businesses, relationships, and unfortunately now our planet. Authentic curiosity is a reviver of empathy and life.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

I’m fascinated with @stayandwander. Talk about composition… I’m easily seduced by nature, and especially love unique landscapes and weaving the natural world into my work. Stay & Wander has a way of also including something human in the frame, and their images look like they’re right out of a wild, elegant commercial. I love that.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

In the forest, definitely – especially on the island where I grew up. Also in a great film or book. On Pinterest when I’m building a visual treatment. And in tunnels of video essays deconstructing filmic/storytelling technique.

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Gabriela Mo: Director

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My NativeAdVert:

Gabriela Mo has first studied Journalism, because she likes to write. From poetry to movie scenes, inspired by other people’s stories and her own dreams and experiences. Then she started to express herself as a photographer because she understands that the image transcends the word.

But there are other ways to make connections. She began directing films for Vice, adding visual quality to narrative constructions, and engaging herself in the creative process from the beginning. With naturalist photography and an immersive camera, she creates inspirational stories from ordinary routine. She sees beauty in everyday life and combines her sense in her works, whether documentary or commercial. Commercially, Gabriela worked with brands such as Coca-Cola, Kenzo, Samsung, Natura, Avon and others. “Her personal photography work is focused around women, as well as fashion campaigns.”

My Goal of the Day:  Today, like any other day, I try to be present. There’s no past, there’s no future. I do the best I can here and now.  

My Thought of the Day:  There is infinite time in the present moment. Enjoy the freedom of silence. 

My Action of the Day: I like to let everything flow naturally, without locking myself into the schedule, but it is still important to have an agenda, a notebook or a method of organization. 

My Deed of the Day: Fulfilling some commitments is sometimes difficult for me. Today I plan to check all the pending items on my list.

My Tip of the Day: Finish what you start.  Make any encounter a learning experience. Everyone has something to teach us. 

My Pic of the Day: (any additional pic that expresses something special)

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This is Tash, an Australian friend. :) 

A Day in My Life: 

What do you love most about Your City?

What holds me most in São Paulo is the amount of energy that runs through the veins of this great city taken. It is a city with many references and in constant transformation. The amount of information that surrounds São Paulo helps me to build myself. The more we can know of other universes the more possibilities of the world we will have.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

I like to feed on what nourishes me, what gives me energy and at the same time makes me light, without consuming me. So I'd rather prepare my meals and know what exactly I'm eating. Home made granola yogurt or a simple tapioca with avocado are the best. Trying to reduce coffee. Not really.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Waking up. I am a day person, the first rays of the sun wake me up, I never use the alarm, unless I need to catch a flight or have an urgent meeting. If not, I intend to respect my natural schedules, because that way I can enjoy better and be more productive in the following hours. There is nothing less productive for me than a stressful, rushed morning.

10:00 AM - After doing Yoga, it is about 10 o'clock in the morning that I actually begin to think about work and commitments of the day. But it's a battle not to get lost in social networks.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal? 

I love trying out natural and vegan restaurants.

7:00 PM -  I enjoy solitude, moments of reading and meditation. I have changed it a lot, but at this point in my life, at 7pm I like to be relaxing and winding down.

11:00 PM - Zzzz

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

I like the coffee-making ritual, maybe as much as drinking. Lately I've been drinking a full pot! But I have other sources of inspiration at the end of the day that are not necessarily drinking it.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

Spotify, Instagram and Whatsapp are certainly the apps that I use most. I have an Instagram account called @nakedismyfavoritecolor . I've been updating a lot lately.

What should everyone try at least once?

Everything. 

Where do you enjoy getting lost? 

Inside my mind.

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Liz Miele: Comedian

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My NativeAdVert:

Liz Miele, originally from New Jersey, started doing stand-up at 16 in New York City. At 18 she was profiled in The New Yorker Magazine, at 22 she appeared on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham.” She recently appeared on Comedy Central's "This Week at the Comedy Cellar," AXS TV’s “Gotham Comedy Live,” Hulu’s “Coming to the Stage” and Fox’s “Laughs.” and on NPR's "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me." She’s been profiled in Runner's World, Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and The Guardian. Liz regularly tours with Armed Forces Entertainment and just performed on Chris McDougall, author of "Born to Run." book tour. She’s completed seven European tours and two Asian tours. 

Her joke “Feminist Sex Positions” went viral both on YouTube and Upworthy.com reaching millions of views. She just completed writing and producing season one of her animated web series “Damaged,” voiced by great comics including, Maz Jobrani, Hari Kondabolu, Ted Alexandro, Dean Edwards, DC Benny, Joe Machi and so many more. She also co-produced and co-starred in 40 episodes of a web series called “Apt C3” with fellow comic, Carmen Lynch and fashion photographer, Chris Vongsawat. Liz’s albums "Emotionally Exhausting" and “Mind Over Melee” are on iTunes and Amazon and regularly play on Sirius/XM. For more info visit her web site: www.lizmiele.com

My Goal of the Day: Work on something creative

My Thought of the Day: If I do something today on my to do list I’ll be proud of myself.

My Action of the Day: Relisten to sets from last night and transcribe and rewrite bits.

My Deed of the Day: Be nice to myself.

My Tip of the Day: Charge phone in the other room. Treat it like your cat you are mad at and ignore it back.

My Pic of the Day:

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

Its open lateness. I can grocery shop at midnight! Also the vast amount of bubble tea places.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Lately it’s fried egg and cheese sandwich on sourdough bread. Fav restaurant is any place with a good taco.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – sleeping

10:00 AM - sadly still sleeping (no judgies, I work at night!!)

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

I brunch at home most days cause I wake up late. So its eggs with whatever i have in the fridge.

7:00 PM -  On the subway heading to a show I’m performing on.

11:00 PM - Either running to another show or trying to stay awake on the subway home.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

I love iced green tea and bubble tea :)

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

My notes app i use a lot and I do spend too much time on Instagram. Fav acct is @Bodegacatsofinstagram

What should everyone try at least once?

Not caring what people think

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

Any new country. My fav thing to do is go for a run and just go wherever looks interesting or new and then let google help me get back to my hotel.

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