Sircle Squad Profile: Ilana Strauss

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We just hired an amazingly talented new content creator after she won us over during her trial internship. We love to hire via our farm system and when a talented young recruit stands out, we know we have a real winner.  She just joined our squad and we wanted you to get to know her too. We sat down with her this week, and this is what we found out:

Full name/nickname: Ilana Strauss. No nicknames really (we are working on that!)

Age: 22

University and Major: Towson University, Class of 2017. Major: Art + Design with a concentration in Photography. Minor: Mass Communication

What made you choose Sircle Media?: I chose Sircle Media for several reasons. First, by working here at Sircle, I am able to combine two of my passions: photography and social media. In school, I majored in photography where I learned all about the art form from the technical aspects, to the history of photography. Simultaneously, I was studying mass communication where I learned about advertising, marketing, and even took a class specifically on social media and branding. Sircle Media allows me to take everything I’ve learned over the years and apply it to the real world. Another reason I chose Sircle, is because of the company’s culture and work environment. I am able to work alongside an amazing group of creatives that offer their unconditional support and guidance. With their encouragement, I have been able to step outside of my comfort zone and experiment with different projects.

Most surprising discovery/realization after working here?: One thing I learned quickly from working here is how different each and every day is. One day I could be on my hands and knees, styling potato chips for a photo and the next day I could be shooting at a restaurant on the other side of Manhattan. I love how no two days are exactly alike.

What is the best part of your internship?: The best part of this internship has been Sircle’s team environment. Since day one, everyone has made me feel like I was an integral part of the team and that my ideas and opinions were valued just as much as anyone else’s.

What can you tell us about Adam or your supervisor?: The person I work most closely with on the team is Reid, the Media Director. I’ve learned so much from working alongside him. From walking me through new editing techniques in Photoshop to giving me full responsibility and creative direction over several different projects, Reid has been an awesome mentor and I look forward to working more with him. I’ve also had the pleasure of getting to know Adam, the President, over the past several months. Adam has been an incredible leader and continues to inspire me. His motivational emails remind me of the importance of not only working hard at this job but also focusing on improving myself as an individual. He is also extremely approachable and I know I can go to him with any idea, question, or concern.

The advice you would give to a future intern?: The advice I would give to a future intern is to truly take advantage of everything Sircle has to offer. You are sitting in a room full of talented designers, photographers, and social media managers. There is so much to learn and everyone at Sircle is willing to help you grow.

Bonus Questions:

Three songs that never fail to get you hyped: September – Earth, Wind & Fire, Kill the Lights- Alex Newell, Jess Glynne & DJ Cassidy and I Wanna Dance With Somebody- Whitney Houston

What is something about you that people would be surprised to know?: I played goalie for my intramural and travel soccer teams for 8 years

What cartoon/movie character were you inexplicably afraid of as a kid: I really loved the movie E.T as a kid until my parents brought home an E.T toy for me, unaware that its eyes glowed in the dark. After that, I was terrified of the character and could never watch the movie again. (I hid the toy in my closet.)

 

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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.

King KaseyFull name/nickname ? 

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: Michele Doying

Today we feature one of our newest and most driven interns, Michele Doying. If we had to use one word to describe her, it would be HUSTLE. She is so focused and motivated to work hard and make things happen that it inspires us all to be better at our jobs. (Thank you for that Meesh.) We decided it was a good idea to ask her some questions to get to know her better.  Here goes:

Screen Shot 2016-09-13 at 7.03.59 AMFull name and nickname? michele doying (I know it’s weird, but for some reason I think it’s more aesthetically pleasing with lowercase letters) Nicknames: it depends on who you’re asking! Meesh, Mush, and Doying are probably my favourites

Age? 26

University? Bringham Young University- BYU!

Major? Bachelor of Fine Arts: Photography Emphasis

What made you choose Sircle Media? There are two main reasons why I chose Sircle Media. (1) I loved the amount of hands on work interns are given and knew it would be a great way to learn and grow in my field. (2) The working environment was a perfect fit. Everyone works as a team here and really supports each other.

Most surprising discovery/realization after working here for a couple of weeks? I’m surprised by how different each day is! We’re always seeking to improve upon our ideas and while that can be challenging at times it is always rewarding. Also, the mouthwash dispenser in the bathroom was a very pleasant discovery :)

What is the best part of your internship? The amount of confidence the team has in their interns is by far one of the best parts of this internship. The interns here are treated like part of the team, not as expendables, and that really shows in the amount of trust that is given to us. And I love being able to pay back that trust with quality work.

What can you tell us about Adam or your supervisor? Adam is probably one of the most motivational bosses I’ve ever had! And my supervisor, Reid, is pure amazingness. He encourages me to think outside the box and always has the patience to teach me new tricks in post production. (Thanks Reid!!)

Advice you would give to a future intern? Don’t limit yourself. Don’t let doubt stop you. The internship position I saw for Sircle Media was for a Graphic Designer but I applied anyways because in the description it mentioned the need for photographers/videographers. When I was asked to share my portfolio I briefly thought about backing out and saying the application was a mistake, what if they were really just looking for Graphic Designers? Thankfully that wasn’t my decision. I sent in my photo and video portfolio, an interview was scheduled, and I ended up with my favorite internship to date.

I will never regret that decision!

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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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