Noah Portrait

Bringing More Passion and Creative Power to Our Team

For the last few years our team has produced hundreds of videos and content pieces as an effective way to build impactful, authentic and engaged brands. As we continue to expand our creative capabilities as storytellers, we are always looking to bring new talent – creative minds that are not only skillful executors, but also good collaborators who are willing to provide their own unique point of view and apply their diverse experience to the complex issues behind our clients’ goals. Our work at 5IVE is led by a sense of community and interconnectedness, which is why one of the biggest criteria we look for when selecting candidates is self awareness and the ability to stay grounded in humanity. Our new motion graphics designer Noah is all of that and so much more.

Read on to learn why we are so excited to have them as part of our team.

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Before coming to work at 5IVE I was doing a mix of studio work and freelance. I have a pretty wide range of skills and interests, so I would do everything from designing band posters, to producing music videos, to painting clothes.

Creativity has always been a big part of my life. I first started experimenting with stop-motion animation in middle school. I remember taking pictures with my digital camera and when I scrolled through them really fast they would play like a video. I made goofy little shorts or skate videos with my friends throughout middle and high school. I always put a lot of work into them and I think that’s when I realized I’d love to do this for a living.

Today, I still draw a lot and paint on denim in my free time. It’s important to me that I maintain a personal art practice even though I work full time. For me, creativity is self-defined. I feel at my most creative when I am making something without any constraints or boundaries, just following my intuition. This is also reflected in my process. I like to dive into things head-first and figure them out as I work. Having a plan is always helpful, but I like my process to be malleable. As a creative, people don’t always realize that when you’re envisioning/developing something from nothing you have to be flexible and ready to address any challenges as they come.

Working in an agency might not be the career path that I always imagined, but I really like the environment at 5IVE. There is always a new project to work on so I’m constantly being challenged to come up with new ideas or find a solution to a creative problem. It’s visionary and lively and industrious here, which is good for someone like me who thrives under a little pressure. We also have big windows and great clients who care about the world and the people in it.

At an agency of 5IVE’s size everyone serves an important role. I think the creative discussions are more productive because we are a smaller team and everyone has room to share their thoughts and opinions. This builds a much more close-knit sense of community and teamwork. For me, community is very important because it is a space where you can show up and freely express your thoughts and feelings without fear of judgement. When you’re a part of a community it means being surrounded by people who share something with you and accept you. It means having commonality and comradery.

For me, community is very important because it is a space where you can show up and freely express your thoughts and feelings without fear of judgement. When you’re a part of a community it means being surrounded by people who share something with you and accept you. It means having commonality and comradery.

At 5IVE we create brand experiences through the magic of storytelling. Right now my goal as a visual storyteller is to simply find more creative ways to tell more impactful stories! The last couple years I have really focused on learning animation techniques and finding a visual style. I think I put a lot of stress on myself to do these things, but now I’m excited to start churning things out and try not to over-work things. I’m excited about the new technologies and the amazing strides made with augmented reality in the last several years. I could see that becoming a much bigger part of our everyday lives in the near future as the technology becomes more affordable and accessible.

I look forward to the new projects I’ll be developing at 5IVE. My work has a really consistent energy. It’s bold, loud and bouncy and I like it to grab the viewer’s attention. Lately, my illustrations have been really colorful and funky. When I make cartoons they tend to be silly, bizarre, gross and made somewhat haphazard. But I like my motion graphics to be really smooth, polished and in sync with the client’s goals.

I think most artists are their own biggest obstacles and I’m not much different. One challenge is balancing personal work with my job, but I’ve grown in both of these areas and I’m excited to continue developing my artistic and professional skills.

What are you passionate about outside of work? If you had a platform to send a message to the world, what would you say? We need accessible education and healthcare for everyone! Nobody should be a billionaire! Treat everyone with respect regardless of race/ gender/ religion! Trans and POC lives matter! Abolish ICE! Start defunding militaries and start funding renewable resources! Tear down the Lake Street K-Mart! I love my mom!