Me, Smiling - Shot by Miloe
Short Story:
(Vik)as Bhalla is a Creative Director at Hook Studios,
born and raised in Santa Monica, CA.

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's been at Hook LA for the last 3 years helping them see growth of over 87% during that time including 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 boy. Both cute AF.
Vikas has won advertising awards if that kind of stuff matters to you.
He tries to never miss an episode or podcast of Conan (O'Brien).
Vikas is an overall good Indian boy.

WORK EXPERIENCE

2017 – PRESENT
HOOK Los Angeles
Ad Age Small Agencies of The Year • 2020
Adweek Fastest Growing Agencies • 2019
Nike, Quibi, YouTube (YT Core, YT Kids, YT TV, YT Gaming), Google, NSAF, Fair 
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/Creative

2015 – Present
GANGSTERCHIEF Los Angeles
Founder/Creative

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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