McCanners of New York | 84th Edition

McCanners of New York | 84th Edition


How long have you been at McCann and what do you do here?

I’ve been at McCann for about a year and a half now and I am the Senior Technology Producer working all things digital outside of banner production.

What do you do when you’re not working?

Working. I put myself as an artist before anything else and my medium is photography. Having a fully built digital darkroom in my home studio, I am constantly working on photographs as well as conceptualizing ideas that support my mission as an artist.

Outside of that, I am constantly seeking inspiration and you can find me at museums, galleries, monuments, parks, etc.

What would your DJ name be?


Have you ever cut your own hair?

Out of fear, no.

Favorite go-to drink?

Not really a big drinker…

If you were to open a bar, what would you call it? 

If anything, I probably wouldn’t open up a bar. I’d open up a café and name it….?

Favorite desert

Too many to list but if I had to choose one, it would be a plain Junior’s cheesecake

Favorite Smell

The smell of freshly fallen leaves in Autumn

What was your favorite birthday?

Probably my 30th, although I did not actually celebrate it but turning 30 made me realize what was important in my life and how I should prioritize it. It’s that I officially acquired the LLC for  my agency but more importantly, it was the year that I started my journey as a vegetarian.

Last thing you Googled

“McCann Miami address”

What's your favorite scary movie? 

Stir of Echos

First ever job?

Administrative Assistant @ All State Insurance

Best Date spot in NYC?

NYC – it’s up to you to curate what fits best for your date or what you want them to experience

What was your first ever concert?

Goo Goo Dolls

What movie makes you cry?

Eh….I’m going to be honest here, the first time I watched Armageddon, the scene with Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck at the end did get me teary-eyed.

Where was the last place you traveled to? 

For work, Miami. For leisure, Paris.

If you were stuck on an island with three co-workers, who would they be?

Doug Harrison, Courtney McComas, Daniele Herbine

Describe yourself in 3 emoji’s


Name 3 things on your bucket list

1.     Stand in front of the Pyramids of Giza.

2.     Put on a solo art show that I have been working on for 2 years.

3.     Make more money than I can spend.

Favorite curse word


Who are your creative heroes?

Ansel Adams, Lewis Hine, Henri-Carier Bresson, Platon, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Picasso, Joan Miro, Piet Mondrian, MC Escher, Antoni Gaudi, Tinker Hatfield, Ronnie Fieg, Teddy Santis, Dan Barber, Alex Atala, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kaws, Takashi Murakami, Futura, Jim Lee, Todd McFarland, Akria Toriyama, Christopher Nolan, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Steve Jobs, Tim Burton, Judd Apatow

Current song on repeat?

Conversations in a Diner by DVSN

Favorite quote?

I have many but here are a few that are daily requirements for me to remind myself:

“Here we are, the most clever species to have lived. So how is it we can destroy the only planet we have?” – Jane Goodall

“The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It’s about what you’re made of, not the circumstances.” - Unknown

“People were created to be loved. Things were created to be used. The reason why the world is in chaos, is because things are being loved and people are being used.” – John Green, Looking for Alaska

“People always say, ‘it’s all about who you know.’ It’s not about ‘who you know,’ it’s about who knows you.” – Andy Kim

Two truths one lie?

I never finished school.

McCann is my first full-time job since I’ve been living in NY.

I have 500+ pairs of sneakers.

What do you enjoy most when you’re not working?

Being in my creative zone and working on my art (photography)

Go to Karaoke song?

Eh, I haven’t been to karaoke in many, many years and if I was, I’d be the guy in the corner being entertained by watching everyone else.

What song pops up when you plug your headphones into your phone?

Whatever I had last playing which lately has been the playlist I put together for Thursday night happy hour.

What was the weirdest prank call that you have made?

I can’t even remember what I had for lunch but I have to make the Kerpal prank call reference here. SO GOOD.

What advice would you tell your high school self?

Life may be hard AF, but it is so much better than you realize. No matter how tough things might be, LIFE IS ALWAYS GOOD. Energy flows where attention goes so don’t stop putting energy into what you love and your passions.

If you could be any age for a week, what age would you be?

This is a tough one, don’t know if I want to go in reverse or forward. Probably forward. People say life just begins at 40 and im not THAT far away from there so probably 40.

Your most bizarre talent?

Cracking knuckles.

What is the fanciest thing you've ever done?

Renting a limo for senior prom. I’m not a fancy person at all. (Although some may think I am.)

What are you currently obsessed with?

Tiny Homes/Container Homes

Iced coffee or hot coffee? From where?

Either or but from my kitchen

Name a character trait you’ve inherited from your parents.

I have a low tolerance for alcohol just like my mother

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

Living in Spain, not worrying about making money and just living life and creating art

What would be your last meal?

A traditional Korean meal

What is your greatest fear?

Not being able to make a dent in creating a positive change for the world

Which living person do you most admire?

I have too many but if I had to pick one person to put on a pedestal it would probably be Alex Atala

Which talent would you most like to have?

To fly

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Hmmm, probably the chapter of my life of just being in NY. I was able to establish a small agency and have it sustainable and profitable for 8 years. There are a ton of this between that as well.

Oh and, selling my first photograph last year at a silent art auction which I donated all the money to charity.

Who are your heroes in real life?

Mom & Dad, Alex Atala, Dan Barber, Michael Pollan, The Escano family

What is your motto?

I know more than I say.

Think more than I speak.

And observe more than you know.

“Dear Human,

You’ve got it all wrong.

You didn’t come here to master unconditional love. That is where you came from and where you’ll return. You came here to learn personal love. Universal love. Messy love. Sweaty love. Crazy love. Broken love. Whole love. Infused with divinity. Lived through the grace of stumbling. Demonstrated through the beauty of….messing up. Often. You didn’t come here to be perfect. You already are. You came here to be gorgeously human. Flawed and fabulous. And then to rise again into remembering.”

Where are you most likely to splurge?

Hmmm, probably B&H or SoHo.

If you could live at any point in history what point would that be - and why?

Late 50’s/early 60’s as a Caucasian man. I love the aesthetics and vibe from this era. It’s what drew me to advertising in the first place.

What is a piece of information people would be surprised to hear about you?

Probably that I’m older than I look.

Your worst habit?

Smoking and sugar.

One thing you have always wanted to do and have not yet done.

Wayyyyyyyyy too much haha.

Best piece of advice someone has given you?

Don’t let school get in the way of your education.

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