New Hire: The Avenue West Publicity Coordinator, Rachel Donovan

Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA

Why Marbaloo?

The first thing that caught my eye about Marbaloo was the statement on their team page – the statement resonated with who I am and who I would like to be surrounded by. I discovered public relations as a journalism major and along with my love of country music and social media, knew Marbaloo would be the perfect place to combine my passions. I love being surrounded by talented, creative and supportive people who truly enjoy what they do for a living.

What is your thing (Publicity, social media, marketing, design, photography, etc) and why?

My thing is social media! I not only love the creativity and connection that social media brings together, I like the aspect of learning and sharing about new places and products. Social media is constantly changing and never boring, so it’s always fun to wake up and see what’s new and what’s going on in the social world. I also think it’s so fascinating to see that people can make social media their day job or even how someone’s entire career can start off of a silly thing like Twitter!

Why do you do what you do?

I love being part of a creative team that makes things happen. When I was younger, the “behind the scenes” features on DVDs would fascinate me to no end. Seeing people come together to make someone’s dream and vision come alive made public relations and marketing a natural fit for me.

What inspires you?

Hearing about how people have successfully overcome difficult obstacles in their lives to become the best that they can be, and surrounding myself with creative people!

How do you like to spend your free time?

I spend the majority of my free time playing with my puppy! He’s 9 months old so he’s constantly hyper and full of energy which gets me outdoors and exploring Nashville!

What do you wish people knew about you?

Yes, I’m from California, no I don’t live next door to a celebrity

What’s your favorite saying?

“What if it doesn’t come true? Ah, but what if it does."

What do you do to recharge your creativity?

I’m a big book nerd, so I love to find a books that help spark the creative side in me.

What song can’t you stop playing right now?

La La Land by Bryce Vine and YG because it reminds me of home!

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New Hire: Interactive Coordinator, Ian Altobello

Hometown: Ishpeming, Michigan.

Why Marbaloo?

It's a very unique opportunity to work for celebrity clientele and to experience the Nashville music industry.

What is your thing (Publicity, social media, marketing, design, photography, etc) and why?

My primary experience is in social media management and digital marketing. I enjoy photography in my free time.

Why do you do what you do?:

I do everything for the experience. I want to look back in 50 years and be able to say, "Yeah, I did that."

What inspires you?:

A lot of things and people inspire me, but one thing that inspires me the most is being outside, enjoying the fresh air. A lot of my inspiration and my ability to think clearly comes from spending time outdoors, whether that's hiking, camping, fishing, mountain biking etc.

How do you like to spend your free time?

I really enjoy spending my free time with my family and friends. Otherwise, I love photography, hunting and fishing, mountain biking, skiing, the list goes on!

What do you wish people knew about you?:

No, I'm not from Canada.

What’s your favorite saying?:

If it's meant to be, it'll be.

What do you do to recharge your creativity?:

Putting the phone down and really focusing on my surroundings.

What song can't you stop playing right now?

“One Man” Band by Old Dominion

Listen to Ian’s 'Modern Cowboy' playlist on our Spotify Channel!

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Marbalearn Summer '19: Interactive Intern Maddie Miller

Hometown: Orrville, OH

Why Marbaloo?

I wanted to learn about how to better market artists online and through social media and there is no better place to learn that than at Marbaloo!

What is your thing (publicity, social media, marketing, design, photography, etc) and why?

My thing is artist development! I love being able to watch something small grow into something big and take on a life of it's own. It's also really rewarding to get to be a part of something from the very beginning and help bring in new ideas for branding or marketing that will help an artist grow and succeed!

Why do you do what you do?

I do what I do because I want to make sure that I can give artists the best tools for success that I can possibly give them. Learning more about the industry and different parts in the industry allows me to be able to do that!

What inspires you?

Seeing people strive to become the best versions of themselves is really inspiring. Watching someone grow and improve themselves is a really cool thing to be able to watch.

How do you like to spend your free time?

I like to spend my free time by relaxing. Normally, that involves netflixing way too many episodes of The Office or Brooklyn 99 but it also includes reading, spending time with my friends, and hanging out with my dog Lucky!

What do you wish people knew about you?

I wish people knew that I'm shy at first but I do come out of my shell after a little bit of time!

What's your favorite saying?

If you don't ask, the answer is always no.

What do you do to recharge your creativity?

When I need to recharge my creativity, I like to hang out with my dog and read a good book or listen to new music.

What song can't you stop playing right now?

"Like a Girl" by Lizzo has been on repeat since her album came out.

Listen to “Maddie’s Mix” on our Spotify Channel!

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Marbalearn Summer '19: Publicity Intern, Gabby Sturdivant

Please join us in welcoming our new Publicity Intern, Gabby!

Hometown: Franklin, TN

Why Marbaloo?

Living in Nashville for the past three years has been such an inspiration to me; and being surrounded by talented and creative people is so important to me. At Marbaloo, I instantly felt the passion and the drive for creativity, and I’ve been in love ever since.

What is your thing and why?

PR is 100% my thing, and the more I learn and practice it, the more I fall in love. I have always been fascinated with storytelling, and through PR I am able to tell a story in a unique way. In the ever-changing world that we live in, I love the opportunities that we have for connecting through stories.

Why do you do what you do?

I crave creativity, I love out of the box thinking, and through PR, I have the ability to do so every day.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by travel and immersing myself in something I am not used to. Pushing myself to get comfortable with being uncomfortable is important to me.

How do you spend your free time?

I love spending time outdoors and you can always find me hiking or canoeing on a nice weekend. I love being active, especially outdoors, striking some yoga poses or going for a jog.

What do you wish people knew about you?

I actually grew up on a goat farm, so naturally, I’m an animal lover.

What’s your favorite saying?

Super cliché, but I love The Beatles, and a lot of their music shaped me. “All you need is love” is my mantra.

What do you do to recharge your creativity?

I think taking time for yourself is so important for personal growth. I’ve always been the type of person who says yes to everything and ends up with way too much on my plate; but recently, I’ve learned to say no and take time to chill with a dog and sip tea and reflect. It has made a tremendous difference and prevents burnout.

What song can’t you stop playing right now?

Lately, I’ve been playing anything by Briston Maroney on repeat. He has so many amazing summer jams. “June” and “Freakin’ Out on the Interstate” are a few of my favorites.

Listen to Gabby’s Grooves over on our Spotify Channel!


New Hire: Publicity Intern, Gabby Sturdivant

New Hire: Publicity Intern, Gabby Sturdivant