Me, Smiling - Shot by Miloe
Short Story:
Vik(as) Bhalla is a Creative Director,
born and raised in Santa Monica, CA
who loves to work across all areas of marketing.

Long Story:
Vikas was raised in the mean streets of Santa Monica and graduated from Samohi. 
He has been told he sounds like Ray Romano, looks like Adrian Brody,
is as funny as Aziz Ansari and has the body of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. 
Vikas went to college in San Francisco, spent 10 years working in New York, and now lives in LA,
giving him a true insight into how to advertise to people in the middle of the country. 
He was a Creative Director at Hook LA for over 3 years helping them see a growth
of over 87% which during that time included winning a Silver AdAge award for
Midwest Small Agency of the Year in 2020.
He and his wife have 2 lovely kids, a girl, and a boy. Both cute AF.
Vikas has won advertising awards if that kind of stuff gets you excited.

Vikas is an overall good Indian boy
featured in Adweek’s AAPI Creative Spotlight series.

WORK EXPERIENCE
2022 – Current
HAYMAKER Los Angeles
Arlo Smart Security

2020 – 2022
FREELANCE Worldwide
Honey, 9thWonder, Ventureland, Riester, Unconquered

2017 – 2020
HOOK Los Angeles
An Ad Age 2020 Small Agency of The Year
2019 & 2020 Adweek Fastest Growing Agencies
Nike, Quibi, YouTube (YT Core, YT Kids, YT TV, YT Gaming), Google, NSAF, Fair, S.P.Y.

2010 – 2017
FREELANCE Worldwide
Hook (CD), Phenomenon (CD), Goodby Silverstein & Partners (CD), 180LA, 72andSunny,
Deutsch, Zambezi, JWT, Team Mazda, WongDoody, Fred and Friends, Lowe CE, BBDO,
Y&R, RPA, Goodness Mfg/Deep Focus, Campbell Ewald, SapientNitro, Razorfish, Saatchi & Saatchi,
GOOD Corp, Pro bono [The Rapino Foundation, WIIIN, Hope on a String],

2007 – 2010
JWT New York 
Huggies (Kimberly-Clark), Trident, Stride, Bubblicious (Cadbury), JetBlue, Halls, Macy's, Smirnoff

2006 – 2007
FALLON Minneapolis
Citi, Travelers Insurance, NYSE

2004 – 2006
SS+K New York
Qwest Wireless, NY Knicks, Blue Cross Blue Shield

2007 – 2017
AMBIANCE AV Los Angeles
Co-Founder/Creative

Launching Soon
GANGSTERCHIEF Los Angeles
Founder/Creative

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Cannes Lions, One Show, YoungGuns, Effies, The Webby Awards,
TBS Funniest Commercials of the Year, Bob Garfield's 10 Best of Year, Creativity Pick of the Day,
Communication Arts, Radio Mercury Awards, Clios, Most Contagious,
D&AD, ANDY Awards, The FWA, Awwwards, Adweek’s AAPI Creative Spotlight series.

EDUCATION
Academy of Art University
San Francisco, CA
BFA in Advertising

Los Angeles Trade-Technical College
Los Angeles, CA
Visual Communications, Certification of Completion

THINGS I'M HAPPY ABOUT
Skated for Dogtown Skateboards.

Started Take-em-Out Graphics at 17 years old and with a partner
took it from a little design shop to a big-time competitor in the car and club industries.

Community Service: Recognition for 5000+ hours at Santa Monica Chapter of the American Red Cross. Certified CPR Coach (not anymore).
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