Me, Smiling - Shot by Miloe
Short Story:
Vikas Bhalla (aka Vik) is a creative director / art director 
based in Santa Monica, CA, raised in Santa Monica, CA.  

Long Story:
Vikas was raised in the mean streets of Santa Monica and went to Samohi. 
He has been told he sounds like Ray Romano, looks like Adrian Brody, is as funny as Aziz Ansari but has the body of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. 
Vik 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 and his wife have a new baby girl named Naomi. People have said she's beautiful, right after those same people have told him she looks nothing like him and just like his wife. He is a freelancer who likes to make stuff instead of talking about it, starting with his new company Gangsterchief and Ambiance AV. Vik has won advertising awards if that kind of stuff matters to you. He tries to never miss an episode of Conan (O'Brien) and Ellen makes him cry on the regular. Vik is an overall good Indian boy.

WORK EXPERIENCE

2017 – PRESENT
HOOK Los Angeles
YouTube (YouTube Core, YouTube Kids, YouTube TV, YouTube Gaming), Google

2013 – 2017
FREELANCE Los Angeles
Hook Studios (CD), Phenomenon(CD), 180LA, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, 72andSunny,
SaatchiLA, JWT NY, Team Mazda, WongDoody, Fred and Friends, Lowe CE, Deutsch LA,
Zambezi, Goodness Mfg/Deep Focus, Campbell Ewald
Pro bono [The Rapino Foundation, WIIIN, Hope on a String]

2012 – 2013
RPA Santa Monica
Honda Motor Company, Farmers Insurance, Intuit, New Business

2010 – 2012
FREELANCE New York
BBDO, JWT, SapientNitro, Y&R, Razorfish, RPA(LA), GOOD Corp(LA)

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 – Present
AMBIANCE AV Los Angeles
Co-Founder/Designer

2015 – Present
GANGSTERCHIEF Los Angeles
Founder/Designer

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Cannes Lions, One Show, YoungGuns, Effies, Creativity Pick of the Day, TBS Funniest Commercials of the Year, Communication Arts, Radio Mercury Awards, Clios, Bob Garfield's 10 Best of Year, Most Contagious, D&AD, ANDY Awards, The Webby Awards, The FWA, Awwwards

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


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

Community Service: Recognition for 5000+ hours at Santa Monica Chapter of the American Red Cross. Certified CPR Coach. Big time loser.


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