Getting2KnowU: Richard Valentin Shares the Best Advice He's Ever Received


The people who power Viacom Ad Solutions are content entrepreneurs driven by bravery, empathy, and honesty, and committed to positive change through creativity and innovation.

Today, you’ll get to meet another one of our outstanding team members:

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Name: Richard Valentin

Hometown: Middletown, NY

School: Tisch School of the Arts at New York University

Role at WHOSAY: Assistant Editor

Prior role: I have had too many jobs in my life, so just for funsies here I'm going to try and list them all:

McDonald's (first job, age 15), JCPenney sales associate, Restaurant Host/Food-runner/Server/Bartender, (multiple locations); Catering staff; Magician; Security Guard; Picker/Selector (refrigerated warehouse); Telethon Fund-raiser; Camp Counselor; Front Desk Employee (Equinox); NASM Certified Personal Trainer; Actor; Production Assistant; Editor, Assistant Editor; and sprinkle in 3 days of Lyft driving 😅

Dream creator(s) to work with: Bob Zemeckis, Martin Scorsese, Stephen Adly-Guirgis

Favorite thing about advertising: Its ever-evolving nature and reflection of society at large... 

Most challenging aspect of the industry: Affordable access to professional tools (including education)

Secret life hack: Squeeze out your sponge after each use. Hang towels flat.

Interesting fact about yourself: I've been a drummer for 23 years.

Best advice you’ve ever received: Don't worry about it, work on it. One can easily take the place of the other.

If you woke up tomorrow as an animal, what animal would you choose to be and why? A celebrity dog, because of quality of life duh 😋.

If you had your own late night talk show, who would you invite as your first guest? Jimmy Fallon—we'd do a sketch where he shows me how to host a light night talk show, then Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg would crash-cameo into a musical number together introducing my real first guest: Neil DeGrasse Tyson. First musical guest: Jason Mraz. Solid first ep. 🙌

If you had to delete all but 3 apps from your smartphone, which ones would you keep? Maps, Youtube, Starbucks

What are the last three emoji you used on your phone? 😂😭👌

BONUS: Go-to karaoke song: “Best I Ever Had” by Drake (when sober) and “Jesse's Girl” by Rick Springfield (when drunk)

You can connect with Richard on LinkedIn

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