News & Notes

Member Spotlight - Rachel Brittenham

Can you give us a few personal details about your life? –I am happy to say that I just had my 40th Bday this year. YAY!!! I have been in the business 17 years, I started as an intern. I founded a Youth Media Leadership Team with my business partner 3 years ago. We are the only organization that teaches youth how to write, produce, direct and host their own show (outside of a school). We are very proud of them. I am a lover of the arts. I, along with my partner, are currently planning to open a media and creative arts studio space for youth. Opening date will be Spring 2019

How did you get into the industry and what was your first job? –I got into this industry by happenstance. I was in my Senior year at the University of North Texas. I needed an internship to complete my internship requirement. I was waiting on a reply for the application that I had submitted to JC Penny’s in PLANO. I was leaving class in the GAB and all by itself on the wall was flyer for a paid internship with HRP – Harrington Righter and Parsons. I mean literally there was nothing else on the wall. It was like it was calling to me. So I took it off the wall and I called. Needless to say HRP did hire me after the internship. The rest is history.

What can you tell us about your current job? -I am currently a Sr. Media Buyer/Planner for The Loomis Agency. Loomis has afforded me the opportunity to be more than just a buyer/ planner. I have had the opportunity work with clients in field, create sponsorship opportunities, and help to pitch new business for some really cool clients. I couldn’t ask for a better place to work.

What advice would you give someone new to the industry? –If you took a class that would teach you about this industry – forget everything they told you LOL! For every fresh new face that walks into a television station, ad agency, rep firm, etc. – Stay Fresh , stay focused and stay ready. Soak up everything that you can, be a sponge. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Definitely go to every media function or at least try to. Relationships are key to surviving in this industry. Most of all enjoy it, even in the not so good times, this industry is like no other.

Have you had a mentor?- My mentors were Sheryl Brody and Otto Bischoff (Media Director Global Team Blue formerly Mindshare/Team Detroit). Anybody in Dallas that knows these two names I got the best of two worlds. Sheryl Brody, a buyer for JWT/Mindshare has since passed on, but Otto, media is still my go to if I ever have a question about anything.

Provide details of your role at AWM, and what it means to you. –  I am new to AWM. I will have my 1 yr birthday in April. YAY!!! I currently serve on the Student Media Tours team. I was inspired to join AWM after seeing the Student Media Tour presentation and scholarship presentation at last year’s awards ceremony. I was so excited that I literally joined the next day. Working with young people is my passion and purpose as I am currently the Founder and Director of Operations for a youth media leadership team. It was a natural fit for me to join the Student Media Tour team. I know that giving and sharing knowledge is one of the most powerful gifts to give a person, so why not give to the future. AWM is providing the vehicle for me to reach more youth outside of my own youth group. It’s been a great experience. I have already snagged an intern from my tour and she started working here at Loomis 2 weeks after the tour.

What is the one truth that has held constant throughout your career? –Relationships are golden.