NativeAdVantage 10-Q2BA:

(10 Questions 2B Answered)

What do you do best?
What makes you the best?
Biggest success?
What are your aspirations?
Most challenging moment?
Favorite Motto?
Favorite People?
Favorite Places?
Favorite Products?
Current Passions?

Featured NativeAdVantage:

Andy Weir: Author of "The Martian"

John Philipson: VP, Six Senses Resorts

Tom Sito: Chair of Animation, USC Film School

Elizabeth Wynn: Broker, Sotheby's RE

Leonard Greenhalgh: Professor, Tuck-Darmouth)

Ryan Blair: NY Times Best Selling Author/Entrepreneur


Featured NativeAdVice:

Shai Reshef: Founder of University of the People

Paul D'Arcy: SVP of Indeed

Susan Hatje: GM of Mandarin Oriental, NY

Dan Laufer: Co-Founder of RentLingo

Hilary Laney: President of Tri-Digital

Greg Marsh: Co-Founder of onefinestay

Omar Qari: Co-Founder of Abacus

Gabriell Weinberg: Founder of DuckDuckGo

Stacy Rauen: E-I-C of Hospitality Design Mag

Jon Gray: CRO of HomeAway

Joe Speiser: Co-Founder of

Ben McKean: Co-Founder of HungryRoot

John Boiler: Founder/CEO of 72andSunny

Wayne Pacelle: CEO of The Humane Society of the US

Tom Guay: GM at The Sagamore Resort

Dr. Alejandro Junger: Founder of The Clean Program

Rob Flaherty: CEO of Ketchum

Neil Thanedar: Founder/CEO of LabDoor

Andy Grinsfelder: VP of Sales/Marketing, Delaware North Resorts

Laura Frerer-Schmidt: VP/Publisher of Women's Health

Avi Steinlauf: CEO of

Kathy Bloomgarden: CEO of Ruder Finn

Gabriel Flateman: Co-Founder/CTO of Casper

Mark Bartels: CEO of StumbleUpon

Bill Hagelstein: President/CEO of RPA

Adam Singolda: Founder/CEO of Taboola

Jonathan Plutzik: Proprietor of The Betsy-South Beach

Jessica Scorpio: Founder/VP of Marketing at GetAround

Ralph McRae: CEO of Leading Brands

Warren Berger: Bestselling Author

Liz Kaplow: Founder/CEO of Kaplow Communications

Dave Girouard: Founder/CEO of UpStart

Dave Asprey: Founder of BullectProof Executive

Douglas C. Smith: President of EDSA

Val Difebo: CEO of Deutsch NY

Guido Polito: CEO of Baglioni Hotels

Doyle Graham, Jr.: CEO of Valencia Group

Oscar Farinetti: Founder of Eataly

Angelo Sotira: CEO of DeviantART

Ali Khwaja: CFO of Safecharge

Zach Erdem: Proprietor of 75 Main

Jim Beley: GM of The Umstead Hotel

Alexis Gelburd-Kimler: Proprietor of West Bridge

Elie Georges: Proprietor of Hotel San Regis

Kalen Caughey: Founder o VOKE Tab

Michael Friedenberg: CEO of IDG

Donna Karan: Founder of DKNY

Edward Nardoza: Editor-in-Chief of WWD

Scott Dadich: Editor-in-Chief of Wired

Rhona Murphy: Former CEO of The Daily Beast

David J. Pecker: CEO of American Media

Lilian Roten: VP of Swissotel Hotels

Kenny Dichter: Founder/CEO of Wheels Up

Joshua Tetrick: Founder/CEO of Hampton Creek

Paul James: Global Brand Leader of The Luxury Collection

Dr. James Wagner: President of Emory University

Amy Thompson: President of ATM Artists & Management

Neil Gillis: President of Round Hill Music

Brett Matteson: President of Columbia Hospitality

Jonathan Reckford: CEO of Habitat For Humanity

Phil Harrison: President/CEO of Perkins+Will

Chef Bill Telepan

Tony Horton: Founder of P90X

Beth Weissenberger: Co-Founder of The Handel Group

Michael Fertik: Founder/CEO of

Dana Cowin: Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine

Bob Proctor: Chairman of Proctor/Gallagher Institute

Dennis Turcinovic: Owner of Delmonicos

Vittorio Assaf: Co-Founder of Serafina Restaurant Group

Shafqat Islam: Co-Founder of Newscred

Matt Williams: CEO of The Martin Agency

Bruce Rogers: Executive Chef at Hale & Hearty

Caleb Merkl: Co-Founder of Maple

Candy Argondizza: VP of Culinary at ICC

Neil Sazant: President of The Sagamore

Matt Straz: Founder/CEO of Namely

Terry Couglin: Managing Partner of Marta/Maialino

Andrei Cherny: Co-Founder/CEO of Aspiration

Ronen Nissenbaum: Managing Director of Waldorf Astoria NY

Patrick Godfrey: President of Godfrey Q

Sarah Berman: Founder/President of The Berman Group

Michael Schwartz: Owner of Genuine Hospitality Group

Stephan Aarstol: Founder/CEO of Tower Paddle Boards

Peter Shaindlin: COO of Halekulani Corp.

August Cardona: Founder/CEO of Epicurean Group

Nick Kenner: Co-Founder of Just Salad

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Marina Viscun: Award-winning filmmaker

My NativeAdVert:

Marina Viscun is an award-winning Moldovan-American filmmaker. As a producer, she has been honored with two Telly Awards (Big Voice documentary, 2018; Journey to Safety PSA, 2012), multiple Best Documentary awards (Big Voice), and Grand Jury and Audience Awards (Ode to Los Angeles). Marina Viscun’s notable screenwriting credits are her feature Seeds (semi-finalist, Athena List 2018; shortlist, Sundance Screenwriting Lab 2016) and pilot Dress Blues (quarter-finalist of Final Draft’s Big Break 2017). Marina also writes sci-fi, period, and romantic comedies, and enjoys writing short films that she also directs.

Marina Viscun directorial debut was the experimental music video Nuke City (2014), followed by the military short scratch on metal (2016). She is currently in post-production on her LGBTQ+ short Last Night and in pre-production on her sexual violence short Reverse. Marina is the President of Pingvin Productions, Founder of the #WeAreWITI collective, and former Head of Production at Pulse Films US and Producer at Caviar LA. She was nominated by the LABJ’s Women’s Summit Awards (2013-2018) for her contributions to the LA area’s women empowerment. Marina is the member of the PGA, AWD, and VME, and is a US Navy veteran.

My Goal of the Day: Be a good human being. Every day.

My Thought of the Day: Life is what you make it. I’m making it.

My Action of the Day: Laughing, it reduces the stress of the day.

My Deed of the Day: I liked all “Happy Birthdays” on my Facebook page!

My Tip of the Day: Talk through things; communication is how we understand each other.

My Pic of the Day:

What do you love most about Your City?

Someone told me a long time ago that New York is a city that finds you, while Los Angeles is a city that you discover. And it’s so true. While in NY, the theaters, parks, restaurants, etc. are there beckoning you to them, but in LA it takes commitment to find what you like, to discover what you connect with, and to fall in love with the little mom-and-pop places spread throughout. Los Angeles is about connections, not just on a superficial level – there’s plenty of that here, as well – but of a deeper, stronger kind, because there’s passion ready to be discovered around every corner of this city.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

I always start my day with a little square of Trader Joe’s organic dark chocolate bar with almonds. It’s a requirement for medicinal purposes. I also won’t refuse bacon, but that’s really the extent of my breakfast.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – definitely sleeping, probably because I went to bed just a few hours prior. Unless I’m shooting. Then I’m in the shower, planning the day and coming up with new weird stories.

10:00 AM – this is when I officially start my workday. I am at my computer reading or re-reading the pages I wrote the day prior, handling my email and social media communication, and drinking my tea made by my brew-master husband Jonathon Michals. I, probably, also get distracted and head to Instagram to repost entertainment related photos by the members of #WeAreWITI (We Are Women In The Industry) collective I founded a few years ago.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

The one were I don’t pay? I don’t like loud or stuffy places. I like to hear the other person and I don’t like dressing up. I sound like a cheap date. But not really, because I would prefer Malbec for a good steak or Modan for an amazing ramen. However, it wouldn’t happen at noon, as I would only then get into my work. So how about we shift this lunch to 2:00pm, maybe even 3:00pm?

7:00 PM – is when it gets dark outside, and that’s when my creative juices really start to flow. At this time, I’m hunkered down with my earphones (over the ear, never in) playing something very low volume in the mood of the piece I’m working on. I have a few playlist matching my work: my TV pilot “Dress Blues” has some Lana Del Rey and Fennesz, my foreign language feature “Seeds” is set to Bon Iver, Alt-J, Amadou & Mariam, and DJ Shadow, while other unnamed as of yet projects have Stars of the Lid, Beck, Groove Armada, Buena Vista Social Club, Daft Punk, Kylie Minogue, Andrew Bird, and, of course, Radiohead.

11:00 PM – did I say my juices flow at 7:00pm? Well they are gushing at 11pm for sure. At this time, I’m definitely slouched in my chair, with my desk light on and a candle burning nearby (never during summer, makes me feel too hot), and I’m either writing, developing shot lists, working on a treatment, researching a topic, or scanning the thesaurus for that one exactly right word.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

I usually have at least three teas during the day: a black tea from the proprietary mix by my husband, a green tea, an oolong tea, and a night cap of a chamomile tea. My teas don’t have milk in them. Never. I also have a coffee around 5pm to boost my spirit, which always has milk in it. Always. I’m not a big alcohol drinker, but if I’m at an event with a full bar, I’d ask for a caipirinha, which, unfortunately, rarely gets made right.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

I guest Final Draft is the most used creative app, outside of the email, which is constantly in use. My favorite Instagram is #WeAreWITI because I love seeing what talented women do on a daily basis.

What should everyone try at least once?

Food from other cultures say so much about the people, about their societies, about their priorities. Trying something new and exciting while visiting a different culture is a must.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

In my own imagination. It’s just so much fun!