Creativity courses through the veins of Project and its 14 agencies. Employees are creative to their core, inside and outside of work. As Nov. 24 is Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day, we decided to showcase the creativity of our employees beyond client briefs and campaigns. Enjoy.
Corey Michalek, associate creative director, Wondersauce
“When I’m not working at Wondersauce, my office is behind the wheel of a 4,500 horsepower nitro-injected Hemi that accelerates down the quarter-mile from 0-272 MPH in 5.31 seconds. Over the course of the last 11 years, I’ve traveled coast-to-coast across North America in pursuit of dreams made of adrenaline and speed. As the co-owner of Michalek Brothers Racing, my brother and I field an entry in the fastest class of semi-professional racecars on the planet: NHRA A/fuel dragsters.
Video Source: Michalek Brothers Racing driver Corey Michalek’s pass in the first round of qualifying at the 2015 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio resulting in a 5.371 second elapsed time at 265.59MPH.
Along the way, we’ve collected 17 national event victory trophies, set national elapsed time and speed records, and we’ve been world champions twice.”
Kat Wright, account executive, G7 Entertainment Marketing
“I studied Theatrical makeup and costume design while I was in college at Middle Tennessee State University. We learned the basic elements of design, how makeup and costume are used to tell a story, and how they help with character development.
I spent a couple of years doing make up for performers for campus performances as well as community theater. I later changed majors, but continued to enjoy make-up and costume as a hobby. I mainly use my talents for Halloween and costume parties.”
Damian Fulton, CCO, Synchrony Studios
“After years of creating art that other people wanted, I began to create for myself. I looked through almost 20 years of sketchbook scribbles that represented my home, Los Angeles’ South Bay. The sketches were a combination of the pop culture imagery that I’d been immersed in my whole life: Batman, Marvel comics, motorcycles, cars, and monster movies.
Of course, as a surfer, the urban beach scene was folded into all those influences. That’s where my art comes from. My work really focuses on my observations of L.A.’s surf culture, where the waves, surfers, and passersby are all very much full of color and life.”
Christine Hauer, culture champion, Praytell
“I’ve been studying acting for three years, a passion I found after a spell of modeling I did right when I moved to the city. It led me to explore improvisational comedy, where I was lucky enough to be on a team for a year and also work in stand-up comedy around Brooklyn and Manhattan. Currently I’m writing, directing, starring in, and pretending to not be 100 percent addicted to my one-woman show called “Karaokme.” It’s a karaoke-cabaret-dramedy show on tour in random backyards and bars in Brooklyn.
Karaoke was the thing that made me realize I wanted to be a performer. I dug into the medium because the baseline of “no one expecting me to be awesome” allowed me to flourish and live that performer life for a few minutes during an Adele or Radiohead song. The freedom to embody whatever aura I was feeling within each song made me realize I like causing people to feel things through the way I speak, sing, move, and emote.”
Rinee Shah, design lead, Junior
“I always grew up drawing here and there, but I didn’t really start drawing until I got a Wacom tablet when I in college. In the past decade, I’ve made animated music videos, a series based on the food of Seinfeld, and a project about made-up words that was then turned into a book, among other things.
My clients have ranged from Fendi to Women’s Running Magazine.
Lately, I’ve been trying to get into more of a routine with drawing. I just started a weekly Instagram series that dispenses silly advice.”