Forget the overblown “reality” shows, we talked to our own Christie Brockhage to find out the real deal about The OC.
It’s the next stop on our Vitamin T Global Office Tour!
Vitamin T: What do you love most about Orange County?
Christie: There is always something fun to do and see when friends and family come to visit. You can take in a baseball game in Anaheim – Go Angels! – or spend a day or two at the Disneyland Resort. You could even hit the beach AND shred the local mountains (with snow from November to June) on the very same day.
Orange County is HUGE for action sports. All the coolest surf brands have a big presence due to the overwhelming the surf (and skate!) culture. In fact, that crossover of cultures led to some amazing music scenes down here. We're home to bands like No Doubt, Social Distortion, TSOL, and the Adolescents (for all you OC Punk fans).
Vitamin T: Why is Orange County a great place for interactive talent?
Christie: Flash talent, web designers, and developers are in particularly high demand here. Orange County is home to many startups in technology, travel, retail, action sports, and consumer-focused companies. Our office is located at the heart of the county’s major business and financial hub – Irvine – so we can take full advantage of the opportunities to get interactive talent to work!
Vitamin T: What are the hottest industries in Orange County?
Christie: Orange County is famous for its tourism as well as the 40 miles of beaches, but we’re also known for those previously-mentioned startups as well as being headquarters for Pacific Life, Allergan (Botox), Taco Bell, Quiksilver, Pacific Sunwear, Wet Seal, BJ’s Restaurants, Experian, Smith Micro, In-N-Out Burgers, Toshiba, Boost Mobile, Oakley, Vizio, and Blizzard Entertainment!
Vitamin T: What advice would you have for talent moving to Orange County?
Christie: Orange County is very spread out, so pick a location that is close to a freeway or interstate (but not too close). Commute times will vary depending upon where you live. Make it a point to venture throughout the county to figure out the best locale for you. If you’re a surfer or just love the ocean, why not try Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Dana Point, or Laguna Beach? If you prefer the hustle and bustle of city life, try Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Irvine, or Anaheim. Whatever you love, Orange County has thirty-four incorporated cities to fit your needs!
Vitamin T: What are some great networking organizations to connect with in Orange County?
Christie: OC is very networked, providing many opportunities to get in touch with other members of the creative and interactive communities such as:
- The OC Ad Federation
- OC Ad Club
- American Marketing Association (OCAMA)
- SoCal Business Marketing Association
- Orange County UX Meetup
- OC Web Design & Technology Meetup (organized by our own Suzy Thompson)
Christie: Many ad agencies call Orange County home, including:
Vitamin T: What’s one odd factoid you can share about the county that newcomers wouldn’t know?
Christie: Orange County's economy is larger than all but 31 nations in the world, ranking ahead of Israel, Portugal, and Singapore!
Looking to learn more about living and working in Orange County? Connect with our Orange County office to get the local scoop!