Jason leads up the group at Hornall Anderson that asks the questions and thinks about how people, culture, brands, and businesses come together. Meet Jason Gingold, VP of Strategy at our Seattle office.
1. Are you originally from your current city? If not, where are you from?
I am not originally from Seattle. I grew up in Syracuse, NY, went to school in Boston, spent a year in Cambridge, moved to Seattle, to Los Angeles, to Seattle, to NYC, and now I’m back in Seattle.
2. Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I have had some doozies. In no particular order: I worked as a landscape maintenance laborer, picking up cigarettes in the parking lots of banks and grocery stores. I have waited tables at TGI Fridays & Planet Hollywood, barista-ed for Starbucks, and stacked books at Barnes & Noble. I have worked as a staff accountant at a Department of Defense engineering contracting firm, given children’s piano lessons, and helped design cars 5-7 years into the future.
3. What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
My family is #1. I have two kids, Sadie and Charlie, and a wonderful wife of 15 years, Molly. In addition to that, I love acting. It’s my deepest passion. That’s what I’d intended to do with my life, and got a MFA in acting from UW and moved to LA to have a go of it. Real life sidetracked me for over a decade, but the last few years I’ve been able to carve out time to do some plays. Which has been a wonderful way to fuel my creativity and my soul.
4. What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
5. What is your hidden talent?
Oddly bendy thumbs
6. What is your biggest pet peeve?
I’m sure there are better ones that will hit me minutes from now, but I’ll say that I hate when people don’t use their turn signal before changing lanes.
7. What is something most people would be surprised to know about you?
I was the music director for my college a cappella singing group, the Tufts Beelzebubs.
8. Name 3 things on your bucket list.
- Learn Italian
- Play the guitar really well
- Family trip to Hawaii
9. What is one of your personal mottos or favorite sayings?
“There’s got to be a better way.”
10. Name a favorite line from a movie.
“Well you're better than any player I ever had. And you're the best Goddamn hitter I ever saw. Suit up.” – The Natural
11. What is your favorite part of your job? What makes you excited to come into the office every day?
Collaboration. I love the sharing of creative thinking and the curiosity that comes with the back and forth of conversation. I also really like the free sparkling water. ;-)