Sircle Squad: Marisa Folsom

We recently sat down with Marisa, a (2 semester) photography intern to learn a bit more about her. Here is what we learned:

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Full name/nickname? Marisa Folsom

Nicknames: I don’t have too many, but a couple are Mari and Misa, but Mari only really makes sense in Japanese.

Age? 21

University and Major? Fordham University, and I’m double majoring in Visual Arts (with a concentration in Photography) and New Media & Digital Design.

What made you choose Sircle Media? I didn’t really know what to expect when I was asked to come in, but my first day at Sircle Media was so hands-on and I had such a great time shooting with Jenna and Ticha that I immediately wanted to intern here.

Most surprising discovery/realization after working here? I think I was most surprised by the amount of trust and confidence the team has in its interns. I’m used to internships that have interns do smaller tasks, but I was surprised to be assigned real work immediately and to see my photographs up on our clients’ social media platforms so soon after!

What is the best part of your internship? Working at Sircle Media has really been unlike any other one of my internships. I love how friendly and welcoming the environment is, and how confident in my abilities my supervisors are. It’s great to be able to do some real hands-on work while simultaneously having fun!

What can you tell us about Adam or your supervisor? My supervisors Jenna and Ticha are awesome, and working with them has been equally as awesome. They’re both so welcoming and friendly, and I’ve felt part of the squad from day one, whether I’m shooting, editing, or in front of the camera. They give me great suggestions and directions for my photographs and edits, and I’ve learned a lot from them. Simultaneously seeing them do their work has been very informative, and gives me new ideas that I might not have come up with on my own.

Advice you would give to a future intern? Be confident in your own abilities! There’s a reason why you’re here and the rest of the team is confident in what you do, so show them what you’ve got.

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Sircle Squad: Kasey Bandilla

Another awesome intern just wrapped up her semester with us and we will miss her dearly. Before she left, we sat down to learn a bit more about her and her experience at Sircle Media. Enjoy.

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Kasey Bandilla and Nickname(s): Some common ones are Kase, KC, and Kaseydilla (like quesadilla – it’s a combination of my first and last name).

Age? 

I’m 20

University and Major? 

Fordham University and Communications & Media Studies

                                                                                                  What made you choose Sircle Media?

I chose Sircle Media because I wanted a challenge. Prior to this internship, I had some social media experience under my belt, but I knew that I had so much more to learn. I also wanted to join the Sircle squad because of the intimate work environment. I find that smaller environments provide more hands-on work and an overall better experience to learn and grow. And that’s exactly what I found here.

Most surprising discovery/realization after working here?

The amount of valuable hands-on experience. As an intern, I expected to get some grunt work, but as soon as I got here, I was immediately given projects and tasks that were directly helpful to the Social Media Managers. While some projects were daunting, the SMMs that I worked with were confident in my abilities and skills. Each day, I felt that I contributed meaningful content and was an actual member of the Sircle Media team, not just another intern.

What was the best part about your internship?

The environment. Everyone at Sircle is so easy to get along with. If I needed help or had questions, every single person offered assistance and didn’t hesitate to answer any questions that I had. I always looked forward to coming into the office because it’s such a comfortable and fun place to be. There’s definitely no shortage of laughs here.

What can you tell us about Adam or your supervisor?

Adam is one of the most driven, diligent, and eloquent people that I have ever met. He is the most easy-going boss I’ve ever had but he makes sure that you are hustling and working just as hard as he is. Not to mention, he’s also a excellent whistler. My supervisor, Sara, has been an amazing mentor. She’s passionate, motivating, and super insightful. Throughout my time at Sircle, she made it a point to learn what I liked to do and ensured that I was given those tasks. She made my experience very enjoyable.

Advice you would give to a future intern?

For future interns, don’t be afraid to ask questions. It might be overstated, but it’s true. Adam and your supervisor are here to help you learn and get the most out of your internship here at Sircle. Also, be open to all tasks and projects. Working on a wide range projects, I was able to further develop skills I already had and gain new ones that I wouldn’t have attained otherwise. Most importantly, have fun and enjoy your experience at Sircle. I definitely did!

 

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Sircle Squad: Sara Siegel

Social media management requires a team of talent, bottom line. Our team (affectionally referred to as The #SircleSquad) is made up of many awesome individuals from our President down to our seasonal intern staff. Each plays an integral role in our collective success, and our different skills, interests and POV’s provide our clients with unparalleled support and service.

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We love talented young interns with diverse skill sets and we sat down with one of them, Sara Siegel, to learn a bit more about her. Here is what we found out:

Full name and nickname?

Name: Sara Siegel. Nickname: My parents have multiple super embarrassing nicknames for me, but I refuse to put them on paper.

Age?

23

University?

Furman University in Greenville, SC. Headed to Parsons School of Design in the Fall!

Major?

Communication Studies, but will be studying Graphic Design at Parsons.

What made you choose Sircle Media?

I took one Graphic Design class at Furman and loved it but I knew that I had a lot to learn. When I came across the Sircle Media internship, I could tell that it would be a great place to learn more about Graphic Design in a field that I’m very familiar with, Social Media.

Most surprising discovery/realization after working here for a couple of weeks?

My most surprising discovery while working at Sircle Media is how much hands on work I do for clients. Every day is different and fast paced. There is never a dull moment. I truly feel like I am part of the team.

What is the best part of your internship?

My favorite part is getting to work alongside the team at Sircle Media. Everyone that works here is energetic, fun, and super welcoming. They’re also close to my age which makes the work day feel less stressful and more fun.

What can you tell us about Adam or your supervisor?

My supervisor, Carlos, is very helpful and patient when I get a little lost. I’m never nervous to ask him questions which has helped me learn and progress. Adam is an awesome boss. He always provides the interns with motivation and confidence by reminding us that we are an important part of the team.

Advice you would give to a future intern?

Be confident! There’s a reason you were hired and you have what it takes to create quality content if you put in the work.

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SirceSquad: Shannon Adriaan

We typically have interns from The USA only, but we met Shannon from South Africa and fell in love. She has an incredible “can do” attitude and a great personality and we just had to have her. We thought you might like to learn more about her too, so we asked her some questions. Enjoy:

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My name is Shannon Adriaan.  Recently I have been called ShanSwag which is my favorite nickname that has ever been given to me- and I’ve been given A LOT.

Age?

I’m 22 :)

University?

Currently in my last year of my graphic design course at Inscape Design College, in Cape Town South Africa.

Major?

The graphic design course covers EVERYTHING within graphic design. We don’t focus on a specific field so I am super diverse at the moment. That also means we get a lot of work assigned to us within the 3 year course.

What made you choose Sircle Media?

My dream is to come and move to America, get a farm, get my horses and work. Been dreaming of New York my whole life so when it came to looking for an internship I wanted to grab the opportunity and Sircle Media gave off such a fun, energetic energy which I love. I have loads of energy so its great to find a place that I can feel comfortable being energetic with too.

Most surprising discovery/realization after working here for a couple of weeks?

No surprises just yet, but since I’m interning remotely and my hours go into 1am, I have realised I need a proper coffee machine. LOL

What is the best part of your internship?

I’m all hands on deck for the internship because I love to learn new things about the industry I’m about to go into. I love being able to develop on my own skills and learn new things in the process!

What can you tell us about Adam or your supervisor?

There isn’t one person who I have spoken with, who I don’t think is lovely. They are so great to deal with, from the one-to-one communication, to the mass e-mails, everyone is super friendly and on board! That part is so so refreshing and great to see.

Advice you would give to a future intern?

If you’re not a coffee lover, become one. ;)

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Gratitude Attitude

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Despite the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur and the hard work and hustle needed each and every minute, I spend most of my days feeling a real sense of gratitude.  Not just for being alive and healthy (knocks on wood) or for my beautiful wife and amazing family (luckiest guy around), but for being given the opportunity to do what I love and work with and for amazing people.

My team comes in every day and works so hard for my company, despite all of the noise and distractions in this market.  LinkedIn recruiters, friends at other jobs, others traveling the world and a grass is always greener mentality that exists in the back of the minds of young millennials can really cause confusion and aggravation.  Despite all of these things, they focus and dedicate themselves to growing our vision together and for that I am forever grateful and humbled.

My clients have many options out there when it comes to social media agencies, yet they put their trust and faith in Sircle Media. That is something I take very seriously and I work hard to prove them right each and every day.  Not only do they come and stay, but they refer other brands and business owners – the ultimate stamp of approval for a service business like mine.

In the first 3 months of the year, I received 14 referrals of which 9 committed to some work and the rest were given great advice or guidance and were very pleased with the value I brought them. I cant even begin to explain how much it means to me, so Monica, Mark (both of you), Mike, Emily, Jen, Carina, Josh, Zach, Ben, Joseph and Naomi- THANK YOU!

We live in interesting times, and there can be a lot to be stressed out about for sure.  I choose to take a different POV and instead I value the good in people and the relationships I continue to create and foster. In an age of constant communication and noise, it is incredibly helpful to stop, pause and appreciate!

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#SircleSquad Spotify Take Over: Alexis Futoran

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Here at Sircle Media we are all about music and we jam all day long while working hard for our clients.  We have some crowd favorites that get us all singing out loud; think Journey, Billy Joel and we all seem to really dig Ed Sheeran. We also each have our own style and unique tastes, so we thought we would share some of the songs we are really feeling with you our fans and clients.

To do this we are going to have a monthly DJ takeover where a member of The #SircleSquad will share their very own Spotify Playlist.  First up is Alexis Futoran.  Listen, enjoy and critique if you feel so inclined.

Just click on her mug to play:

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First Hour: A Morning With Our Founder Adam Brown

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Here is a little piece on our Founder, Adam Brown in Creator Magazine.  It highlights his routine and how he approaches each morning. Enjoy! (Credit: David Grossman)

Adam Brown is a specialist in what might be considered one of the hardest writing styles imaginable: a relatable human being on social media. As the founder of social media strategy firm SircleBrown told Creator that one of his favorite parts of his job is getting “to play entrepreneur on various projects daily.” Below, the WeWork 42nd Street member takes us through the beginning of his day, shaping his morning decisions around his company’s various needs, his personal life, and Drake.

WeWork: Are you a morning person?

Brown: I am definitely a morning person. I firmly believe that an actively engaged entrepreneur’s brain never really turns off, so when my eyes open (to quote Drake) I go zero to a 100, real quick. My wife can’t stand my morning whistling and “chipperness,” but I just cant hold back. New days bring new beginnings, and I am always ready to hustle and make great things happen. On weekdays, it is get up, get focused, and kill it; on weekends, it is time with my daughters.

WeWork: What time do you usually get up?

Brown: 5 a.m. on Mondays and then between 6 and 7 a.m. the rest of the week. I have always tried to start my workday super early, and I try to get as much done as humanly possible by 9 a.m. I like the feeling of being ahead of everyone else who are just getting started.

WeWork: What gets you up every day?

Brown: On Mondays, I use my iPhone alarm clock, although 90 percent of the time, my eyes open before it goes off. I also have two built-in alarm clocks in my apartment, named Sydney and Riley, that take care of things the rest of the week.

WeWork: Tell us about your morning routine.

Brown: Wake up, spend some quality time with my family, check online channels, shower, dress, and walk out the door.

WeWork: What do you do during your morning commute?

Brown: I used to walk to work every day when I lived about a mile from my office, which was amazing for my health and for clearing my mind. Nowadays, I either take the subway or I travel to work by Via, answering emails and reading articles to get a head start.

WeWork: What’s the first thing you do when you arrive at the office?

Brown: At 6:30 a.m. each weekday morning, a calendar alert pops up on my phone:

Monday: new product development

Tuesday: sales and prospecting

Wednesday: strategy and creative thinking

Thursday: company culture, HR, and processes

Friday: client accounts review

Things will always fly at me from all angles, so I find it helpful to be reactionary and address them as they come. Having a routine helps me make sure each area gets proper focus and attention.

WeWork: What’s your secret to not stressing out in the morning?

Brown: I scroll through my Instagram and Twitter early in the morning, and I try to read only positive stuff like uplifting quotes and pictures, or tweets about where my industry is going, etc. I do not read the news, and I stay away from email for the first 30 to 60 minutes of my day. I don’t want to see any fires or issues until I am in full stride.

WeWork: Tell us what you eat for breakfast.

Brown: Usually it’s some organic all natural cereal with almond milk or a natural bar, and always a black coffee.

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Interning With The: #SircleSquad?

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Sircle Media is built on a foundation of incredible employees and interns.  We affectionately refer to this group as The #SircleSquad and we genuinely feel like a family.  We all go to work each week and we believe it is mission critical to love the environment and to engage with and be inspired by your coworkers. So much time is spent in “the office” so it means everything to enjoy the company of those around you.

When you are motivated to come in and see your 2nd family each day, you work harder, create better and are just in the right mindset to crush it at your job.  This is so important when you work in a service business as we do.  The right culture readily does pave the way for the right work product.

Here is a little video our interns put together from ideation, to production/editing and even the starring roles.  Want to join this crazy team?  Contact us and throw your hat in the ring.

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Our President Featured On StartupCollective

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Our President and Founder, Adam Brown was recently featured in a spotlight piece on StartupCollective and YEC, where he gave some tips on how to be a successful Entrepreneur.  It was a Q&A format and produced some great nuggets for others looking to run their own business.

When asked what is one thing you would recommend to others to do right now to take their business to the next level, Brown replied:  ”My recommendation is to really know your stuff and be awesome at what you do. Seems obvious right? But the bottom line is a lot of people are just mediocre. You want to shine? Do the unexpected. Offer Four Seasons service, from the first handshake to the final paycheck. That is how you win and how your business will grow.”

He also said, “The best advice I can give to someone who wants to be an entrepreneur is that they need to be all in, right from the start. If you approach it hesitantly and little by little, you will either fail or simply never scale in a meaningful way.”  It is clear that it really needs to be your 100% focus to make it work.   To read the full interview, click here!

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Parting Words From Our Intern Victoria Karatza

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We sat down with one of our intern’s Victoria to discuss her time at Sircle Media. We are of course sad to see her go but know that she will go on to do great things!

Sircle: What did you enjoy most about interning at Sircle Media?

Victoria: What I enjoyed most was being able to work with a variety of clients and getting to see them grow and change on social media. I think it is really interesting to see which types of posts their followers like most and all of the types of content to post on different social media outlets. I also really enjoyed being able to do a variety of work, from designing to writing tweets to helping create content, it was nice to be able to do different things each week. Overall I think that Sircle was a great first internship experience. I loved working with Amy Marietta and being able to actually get hands-on experience in this line of work.

Sircle: What was the biggest thing you learned during your time here?

Victoria: The biggest thing I learned was how to create and put out content on different platforms. I learned how to best balance what to post on social media, and prior to this internship I never really put much thought into what is posted and how to ensure a balance of content is created. I think that these skills I learned at Sircle are not only applicable in the workforce but also our daily lives in general, especially since we all revolve around social media.

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