Dallas agent Andi Mancuso has done a little bit of everything in the creative and marketing world: web design, production art, email marketing, HTML, CSS, analytics, copywriting, copyediting, and—if you can believe it—more.
Those skills give her a special superpower: she can talk shop & opportunities with our talent. And she can talk shop & ROI with our clients.
In need of a little more superpower in your world? Check out Andi’s answers to our 7 Quick Questions, then send out a signal!
- What do you like about working with creative talent? Being a creative myself, I really love being able to talk shop with almost all of my talent. It makes me better at discerning someone's strengths and their weaknesses. I also think it helps build rapport when I can speak the lingo. But honestly—practical perks aside—I just enjoy creatives for their colorful personalities and diverse interests!
- What most excites you about your work and the contribution you make? I absolutely love being able to help people in a very tangible, concrete way. There's no question about the good I'm doing in this job, I get to see it every time I meet new talent and whenever I check in with a happy client.... I love being able to help make people's lives better, whether it's getting them a job or helping them grow their team and stress less.
- One important skill every person should have? The ability to communicate clearly and honestly. It's critical to be genuine with people about your skills and limitations without being completely over-confident or self-flagellating. If you can't do something or don't know an answer, say so! Then follow it up with, "but I will figure it out with the help of my team." Just so whomever you're talking to understands that you're committed to finding a solution.
- If you could have dinner with one person living or dead, who would it be and why? I'm really torn between JRR Tolkien and Neil deGrasse Tyson. With Tolkien, I'd love to talk about his experiences that inspired “Lord of the Rings,” his research into the mythology that fueled Middle Earth, and all of his amazing constructed languages. With Neil, I'd love to hear about his time with Carl Sagan and how much he's contributing to the scientific community and the public's understanding of science.
- What tech innovation has most impacted your life? Cloud storage. Being able to use Dropbox, Amazon Music, Google Docs, and Steam to access just about everything I need from nearly any device I own is game-changing. (Literally in some cases!)
- How did you get into recruiting? I was a hiring manager at one of Vitamin T's larger Dallas clients. They helped my department build creative teams with over 80 Vitamin T talent. Out of the half-dozen agencies I worked with, VT was the only one who cared enough to pre-screen and make sure they were getting us the right candidates the first time. As a result, when I left that company, I asked for their help in finding my next gig. They landed me a great contract opportunity, and when that was over, I asked them again for the next opportunity. Dallas market manager Julee Grupe—having worked with me for 3-4 years at that point—suggested I come lend them a hand internally while they looked for my next role... and, well, I never wound up leaving!
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