September 1, 2015 Full Contact

Part of a recurring series where we ask a Full Contact employee a couple of off-the-wall (and yet revealing) questions.

Who are you, and what is your role at Full Contact?

I’m Alex and I’m an Account Supervisor at Full Contact.

Speaking of roles, who is your personal role model? 

I think about my grandparents a lot – they lived through a depression, world war, and disco – and never complained! An inspiration to us all.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received (and then ignored)? 

“You’re too young to throw curveballs – you’ll hurt your arm.”

If you could magically become anyone else in the world, who would it be and why?

How about renowned mandolinist Chris Thile. Here’s a guy who gets to play with everyone from Yo-Yo Ma to Steve Martin and received one of those Genius Grants. Sounds like fun.

And while we are imagining things, what is your Full Contact superpower? 

Shape-shifting. I like to wear many different hats…it’s part of why I love working at Full Contact, and a big part of why I came back after having left for about a year.

We know you do amazing things at Full Contact, but what do you do that’s kind of amazing outside of these four walls? 

After years of failing at New Years resolutions, I decided that the only way to accomplish one would be to give myself a really fun resolution each year. I just completed my last one – seeing 25 concerts in a year. Favorite shows were Father John Misty, Josh Ritter, St. Lucia, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., and Haim.

And finally, how do you make Full Contact in your job? 

Working in advertising is a lot like staying in the Hotel California: you can check out any time you want, but you can never leave.

In other words, you can check out of the office—but you can’t get away. You’re going to be assaulted with advertising on the subway, your computer, television, or wherever else you look. It follows you to ends of the earth. I make Full Contact my job by embracing that fact. I think about advertising when and where I see it. Doing so helps me remember that advertising exists in context—never in a vacuum. It’s easy to forget that.

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