Hi, I’m Jan.
I was born in Bangkok, Thailand, lived a couple of years there and in China. Then, I finally moved to Northern Virginia in 2007, and the rest is history.
I’ve spent most of my life traveling and living in between cultures. Being in unusual situations where I've had to learn new systems, traditions and terminology have nurtured me to become highly adaptive and open-minded. In fact, I’ve developed my interests in foreign languages, musics, movies, and trends because of the way I was raised. I am not bound by a singular culture, but rather by a variety of cultures around the world. I believe these qualifications are important to have when working in the advertising industry.
What drew me towards advertising is that the industry requires me to combine logic with creativity. Advertising allows me to explore my imagination, but still think strategically to achieve the best outcomes. Seeing my vision come to life and create a lasting impact is what makes me passionate about this industry. In her letter to Time's Up Advertising event, social political activist, Gloria Steinem, defined advertising as "the biggest influence on human behavior. Show girls playing sports and girls see that our bodies are instruments, not ornaments. Show diverse people together and diversity becomes community.” Her letter resonates with me, and I want to use my creativity to inspire other people.