Owen has over 18 years experience in the creative industry. From licensing the work of Andy Warhol to representing Academy Award winners, he’s a guy who truly understands the intersection of Creative and Business.
Check out his answers to our 11 Quick Questions, and he’ll shine some light on subjects like why temp-to-perm is the best way to hire talent and advice on how to interview a creative.
- Number one mistake people make when hiring a creative? Not fully addressing the importance of culture fit, especially for longer term positions.
- Favorite social network & why? LinkedIn. I've used it since it first began, and it’s become such an amazing business resource. Contacts, talent, peers, it’s got everyone you need to know for your career.
- In your experience, why does Temp-to-Perm work so well in the creative and digital space? Culture fit. It's a crazy world out there and you never know the true measure of somebody until you've saddled up with them and you're out on the open range together. Temp-to-hire lets you trade in your pardner if their spurs jingling and jangling burns your hide.
- What’s the BEST thing you can do when you’re looking for a job? Actively promote yourself to your network and beyond. And not just digitally! Get out there, meet people, share your thoughts, and engage.
- Best advice to any manager conducting an interview? Really drill down on specific accomplishments and get past "the sell."
- Favorite place to keep up with changes in the digital world? I've followed Mashable and Wired for a long time. There are no bigger tech and digital news powerhouses, period. In terms of ongoing professional learning as it relates to on-the-job smarts, there's only one source for me: Aquent Gymnasium!!
- Digital or creative hero? Cormac McCarthy. (Great storytelling is great design!)
- Best creative/digital event in your city? A toss up between E3 and The Academy Awards.
- Describe your city in 5 words. Understood dimly and in flashes.
- Favorite meme or parody? Anything related to Luis Suarez's teeth.
- Guilty song pleasure? George Formby's "Fanlight Fanny the Frowsy Nightclub Queen".
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