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Meet Sarah Turner of Laundry Service in Westwood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Turner.

Sarah, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve always been a firm believer in being able to do whatever we set our minds to, and I implemented that mindset into my life at a young age. When I was eight years old, I told my mother: “Mom I want to be a ballerina”. As the strong, supporting mother she is she looked at me and said: “I know you can do it”. She then sat with me through day-long auditions at the Royal Ballett School in Stockholm. I was accepted at the school and practiced discipline, competitiveness, and perseverance for six years, traits that would help me immensely in my advertising career.

Fast forward a few years, I’ve put my ballet shoes on the shelf and decided: “Mom I’m going to go to Berghs School of Communication this fall” A portfolio school in Stockholm named the world’s best advertising school at Cannes Lions four years in a row. Mom: “Okay, what are the steps you need to take to get accepted?” She never questioned me, so I never questioned myself.

I went on to study at Berghs that fall and transferred with my class to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where I three years later graduated with a Bachelor in advertising. Fresh out of college I became the first creative hire at Grey West to help grow and shape their new West Coast office. Grey is part of one of the world’s largest advertising networks with offices around the world from LA to London to Shanghai.

At Grey, I was creative lead on some of the most recognized brands in the world including Hasbro, DreamWorks, FitBit, and Pantene.

I recently got recruited to Laundry Service—a world-renowned agency specializing in digital and social work for some of the biggest names in the industry—to be the voice of Disney and Pixar’s across their social channels. If my 8-year-old self had told my mother that I wanted to be the voice of two of the biggest brands in the world I’m positive she would have yet again said: “you go girl”.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Of course, I’ve encountered hardship along the way both personally and professionally. The creative process can be challenging, and production hours are long. Especially as creatives, we’re constantly questioning ourselves and the work. But I think that’s what makes us good at what we do and pushes the work to be the best it can be. It can always be better, that’s the best and the most daunting part of the industry. Having said that, we reap the rewards of our hard work and the important thing is to keep a positive mindset. Whether it’s a walk on the beach or talk with a friend, we can all find ways to refocus and bounce back. Sometimes having a bad experience can help us see that something good can come out of a bump along the road.

What else should our readers know?
Laundry Service is a full-service agency: creative, production & media buying.

What were you like growing up?
I was always a quirky kid with lots of stories and a big personality. I’m a huge foodie and love traveling. Being able to see new places and experience new cultures in both my personal life and work is a huge plus.

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Josephine Heintz Wäktare, Isabelle Kristiansen

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