Welcome to sheckiiville, an audio journey of a Korean-born American going through love and business
By Tony Lee
Welcome to sheckiiville, an audio journey of a Korean-born American going through love and businessDec 03, 2021
Episode 013 // What Have I Been Up To?! (Update on Life, Podcast Direction)
Well, I'm back! Haha. Nothing life threatening or any health issues that prevented me from this. Thought I'd share not only what has been going on since, I'd assume, about a year ago. TL;DR, I fell in love; changed jobs; traveled to Korea and Hong Kong; and realized a couple interesting things about myself. Oh, and I was on my favorite podcast of all time, bamboo & glass! Thank you to both Da Eun and Sophia for letting us tell our story. (Us? Yeah you're going to have to tune into episode 137.. hehe)
But, meanwhile, I am back. And it feels so good!
Episode 012 // Ogo Adegboye, Investor & Former U.K. National Team Point Guard (Day 4 of 7 of My Birthday Week Celebration)
Ogo's life story was fascinating in college, but it's even more impactful post Bonnies career. I got to cover him in college, but importantly built a friendship and followed his journey. If his story of overcoming adversity doesn't get you up this morning, not sure what will. Humbled to have another St. Bonaventure University alum on sheckiiville! As always, text me at (213) 214-0970. Would love to chat about this episode with y'all :)
Episode 011 // Minji Chang, Actor, Producer, 'First Of All' Podcast Host (Day 3 of 7 of My Birthday Week!)
Some people claim to be real, and some are Minji Chang. The actor, producer, ‘First Of All’ podcast host came on sheckiiville to not only talk about her journey in Hollywood, but much needed discussion about racism and sexism. Just to get you prepared, the word “should” is a main theme of our chat. Can’t wait for y’all to meet Minji on sheckiiville today on day 3 of 7 on my birthday week. Text me at (213) 214-0970 if you want to chat about this personally :) And yes, that is my actual number.
Episode 010 // Jay Salim, EVP of People and Culture at Complex Networks (Day 2 of 7 of My Birthday Week!)
Imagine first stepping into a prospective employer and have the head of HR go, “Where my boy sheckii at?!” That’s how Jay Salim and I met in NYC, and since then I’ve kept in touch with now the EVP of People and Culture at Complex Networks. Jay shared his story about coming back after serving in the military and how that has shaped his career. He shares a story about how he got into the advertising industry after being a doorman and doing multiple hustles to get the right experience. My man dropped some serious knowledge on the second episode during my birthday week, and I’m glad y’all get to know the amazing guy Jay is on sheckiiville. Text me at (213) 214-0970 if you want to chat about this personally! (Not a joke this is really my number.)
Episode 009 // Andy Lam, Amazon FBA Entrepreneur (And Day 1 of 7 of My Birthday Week!)
Excited to have Andy Lam kick off the birthday week with episode 009! Andy is an Amazon FBA Entrepreneur, and no that's not drop shipping. See how he created a 7-figure business from doing something that many people will want to get started on, but more importantly hear the journey that took him here and how he managed continuing to grow. If you want to chat about this, text me at (213) 214-0970.
Episode 008 // Jessica Jenkins, Assistant Women's Basketball Coach at Providence College
Jess was the first person I ever did a documentary on. But more importantly, I wanted to have her on as the first St. Bonaventure alumni on this podcast (Go Bonnies!) because her work ethic and perspective as an assistant basketball coach at Providence is great to hear for everyone. We also talked about Kobe Bryant and the legacy he left. Can’t wait for y’all to hear this! If you wanna chat about it, text me at (213) 214-0970.
Episode 007 // William Hung, Chief Champion Creator
William Hung of American Idol fame (yes, the one who did "She Bangs!") dropped by sheckiville on this episode to chat about what he has been up to. The lasting memory for this episode is the vision he chatted about, when he had the inspiration to do more -- and he did. As a motivational speaker and coach, he has expanded his reach and started to help others out in a meaningful way. Oh, and we talked about bullying and other things in there as well. Hope you enjoy the episode!
Episode 006 // Adam Posner - Founder and Managing Director at NHP Talent Group and Host of ThePOZcast
Adam was crucial for me when I started my career as a young pup in New York City. He helped me a lot on branding to the agencies, as well as get my s*** together in terms of realistic job market and opportunities. He got me in the doors of a few good places, all that I bombed by the way, and I can't thank him enough for that.
Fast forward a few years, I saw him doing ThePOZcast consistently on LinkedIn and seeing the guests he had on. He, along with a slew of other people, kickstarted my podcasting and live streaming career. Adam also is the Founder and Managing Director at NHP Talent Group and said a lot of interesting things around employers and job markets. Humbled for his time, and hope you enjoyed the fire he brought to this podcast today!
Adam Posner is the Founder and Managing Director at NHP Talent Group- a boutique NY-based staffing firm, specializing in talent acquisition for Senior-level roles within: Digital Marketing, Media, Product and Content Creation at Start-ups, Creative Agencies and Brands. He is also the host of the popular podcast, ThePOZcast- showcasing experts to help you harness your inner tenacity to drive your life and career forward.
Prior to pivoting into the world of recruiting, Adam spent 15 years working within the NYC advertising and marketing industry. He has led account management and digital strategy at American Express, SIRIUS XM and digital ad agencies in NYC like VaynerMedia and EP+Co for major Clients like Verizon, Pepsi and British Airways. This has instilled him with a unique perspective when working with candidates to truly understand their Career DNA and ensure a good fit on both sides of the recruiting equation. In addition, he brings expert advisory around the Talent Acquisition process, employer branding and recruitment operations.
He has built a strong reputation by always putting relationships first, while balancing his Clients business needs and Candidates career goals. Adam is truly a power connector. He identifies opportunities, synergies and connects the dots.
Episode 005 // Geoff Desreumaux - Co-Founder and CEO of We Are Social Media (WeRSM)
Geoff and I met through a recruiter and even worked together briefly at an advertising agency. Incredible mind in the social media and digital marketing space, which is even more embellished by him being the CEO of We Are Social Media (WeRSM). Conversations today included things about is this peak social media content or not -- because during the pandemic, he brought some interesting points about what brands should be doing more of or less of. Can't wait for y'all to hear what Geoff brought to the podcast!
We are Social Media is one of the world’s leading independent sources of digital marketing news and insight, covering social media marketing, the connected lifestyle, and a lot in between. Over the years, we’ve become a valuable resource that thousands of top agency and brand professionals trust to stay up-to-date on a daily basis.
We Are Social Media is incorporated in New York, USA and has local presence in Athens, Greece and Central London, UK.
Episode 004 // Melly Lee, Portrait Photographer and #FaceTimePhotography Practitioner
Oh, Melly... Melly and I go back quite a bit, and it has been a pleasure to see her art and skills grow as a creative. Melly's a renowned photographer who has taken portraits of Manny Pacquiao, Ronny Chieng, Bill Nye and much, much, more. Lately she has done some incredible things during the pandemic of doing #FaceTimePhotography that is absolutely worth a look. This embodies so many things I love -- doing something creative despite the restrictions, taking advantage of all technology, embodying a true entrepreneur mindset, and just being you. It was so great to have Melly on sheckiiville, and hope you enjoy listening in~
Episode 003 // Coach Ballgame, Baseball Personality and Youth Baseball Coach
Coach Ballgame, aka James Lowe, is one of the main people who inspired me to get into podcasting and streaming. During the pandemic, Coach Ballgame has done some interesting things like going on various live streams, having giveaways, releasing his own coloring book and furthering many more partnerships within Major League Baseball, Little League proper, and more. He talked about some interesting things not just baseball related, including how his life journey led him to where he's at -- and how big he's dreaming.
Episode 002 // Bryan Pham, Founder of Asian Hustle Network
Bryan Pham, Founder of Asian Hustle Network, shared his thoughts on the community that he helped build from 52 people to 50,000+. Hear his thoughts about the xenophobia going on since the pandemic, his venture with Hate Is A Virus and more.
Episode 001 // David Berry, Founder of DB + Partners
Welcome to the first episode! David Berry, a friend and a co-founder of an advertising agency, DB + Partners, chatted with me live about advertising during COVID-19, TikTok, marketing messaging and our previous time at another agency together.
Excerpt from dbpluspartners.com
Hustlers. Doers. Jokesters. Thinkers.
Let’s face it. Big shops have big bills to pay. And sure, it makes for a nice walking tour when you stop by, but that fancy furniture? You pay for it. The overhead on employees, some of whom don’t even work on your account? You pay for it. That exorbitant electric bill? Same.
Which makes you wonder - when they create your scope of work, are they giving you what you need, or what they need to justify salaries and expenses?
So we’ve flipped the model. Our partners have their own shops and are experts in their own right. When you need a specific skill set, we get it for you. If you don’t, we don’t try to push it on you just because. You get only what you need, and you get the best of it.
In short, we’re from the “big-time” advertising world but we’re not molded by it. That means we know how to handle the most demanding of demanding clients, but we’re unencumbered by the (boring) business as usual. Sure, we can do basic.