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Get to Know Team MR: Meet Nikki, Director of Ad Operations
08.16.17
Get to Know Team MR
Get to Know Team MR

Where were you before this and what were you doing?

Before MR, I was doing Client Services at BuzzFeed, which essentially meant I worked with the sales team to come up with new ideas and ways to partner with BuzzFeed’s key clients.

What did you go to school for?

I went to Washington University in St. Louis for psychology and marketing.

How did you get started at Man Repeller?

Matt Little, MR’s Director of Business Operations, was my close friend at BuzzFeed. We worked really well together and kept in touch after he left. I learned about the role from him.

Favorite part of your job?

I’m most excited about the range of projects that I’m working on. I like to think I can be a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-some.

Least favorite part of your job?

If I had to pick something, the office is really quiet sometimes. After living in an apartment facing a busy street for the past eight years, I can’t focus without background noise. I can’t sleep without background noise. I can’t function without background noise!

What’s one thing that surprised you in your path up until now?

I was surprised to learn that your career path doesn’t need to be (and probably shouldn’t be) a linear one. Once I stopped obsessing over what my next step should be, I opened up and started taking opportunities that have ultimately pushed me further than any “linear step” could have.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be like the Iron Nun. I want to be active, enjoying the outdoors and doing crazy sh*t that people half my age aren’t even doing.

What’s one piece of advice you can offer to someone who wants a job like yours?

You’re always interviewing, even when you have the job. Every job I’ve ever gotten, with the exception of my first two, were through old colleagues.

What’s one piece of advice you have for someone who has no clue what they want to do?

What you want to do doesn’t need to be something big, static and for the far future. Focus on what you want to do this year, this month, this week.

Tell me something weird about you.

I’ve been getting into stones. I never leave my house without some stones in my bra, pocket or wallet. Right now, Blue Kyanite is one of the stones I have on me.

Photos by Edith Young.

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  • Mellisa Scarlett

    My favorite part from all of the ” Get To Know Team MR’s” are the “What’s one piece of advice you have for someone who has no clue what they want to do?” question and answers. I often feel misunderstood(I think that’s the word I’m looking for) lol for wanting to do something completely different from anything I’ve ever formally studied or even have experience in and the answers to this particular question are always simple yet soul satisfying. Thank you for reminding me that the universe will align me with amazing opportunities. Congrats Nikki!

  • Do a segment on the thought process of choosing ads/partners!

    • CeeEm

      I’d love to see this. I feel that MR is very thoughtful and selective in choosing ad partners — it’s so refreshing!

  • Rachel

    “I was surprised to learn that your career path doesn’t need to be (and probably shouldn’t be) a linear one.” I love this!! Such great advice for everyone trying to figure out their career path!

  • Amelia Diamond

    HEY NIKKI

    • Nikki Bent

      HEYYYYYYYY

  • Eliza

    Hi Nikki, I work in Ad Sales as well and when you say, “You’re always interviewing, even when you have the job,” do you mean networking (i.e. drinks, dinners, events), browsing LinkedIn or reaching out to people for opportunities? Would love some more insight on this! I’ve been with my job for almost a year, but am always interested in the best ways to explore other opportunities (while you still have a job).

    Thank you 🙂

    • Nikki Bent

      Hi Eliza, I mean more of approaching your current job as you would an interview. During interviews, you prepare for every question, do your research, try to craft thoughtful responses, and make a good impression on everyone you meet. Applying that approach to your everyday will help you build relationships with your current colleagues and be a person that people will want to work with in the future. Let me know if that helps!

  • What you want to do doesn’t need to be something big, static and for the far future. Focus on what you want to do this year, this month, this week.

    Thank you for sharing that. To add to it: most of the time, you won’t ever get to 100% of the answer you are looking for…but that’s okay.

  • Ciccollina

    “You’re always interviewing, even when you have the job. Every job I’ve ever gotten, with the exception of my first two, were through old colleagues.”

    Perfect advice.