Ryann Kim is a Manager of International Brand Management for Nickelodeon Viacom Consumer Products.
Ryann Kim is a Manager of International Brand Management for Nickelodeon Viacom Consumer Products, where she works across time zones to create and implement integrated brand strategies for consumer products and promotional campaigns.
Introduce yourself: tell me a little bit about yourself and your interests.
I grew up as a citizen of the world but now consider New York my home. I love all things pop culture, Oprah Winfrey, and the outdoors. I’m addicted to Americanos, Settlers of Catan (Brick? Wool? Anyone?), and well formatted presentations/ spreadsheets. I live life believing “if my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it – then I can achieve it.” – Muhammad Ali
How did you get started at Viacom?
In 2009, I gave up my government security clearance, left my job in DC and drove up to New York, with no job lined up, heart filled with hope. I started applying for jobs in the morning and running at Central Park in the afternoon. I met a group of women who were training for the Half-Marathon, and one woman who ran the same pace as me, it wasn’t too long before I found that she was working at Viacom and she too had dreams of being in the entertainment industry. Fast forward 3 years, we had stayed in touch and she had forwarded me a job that suited me. I came in for the interview and 2 weeks later I received the most breathtaking news that I was the “top candidate” and it’s been a great ride ever since!
What’s a typical day like for you?
I start with a meditation prior to work, which helps me to quiet my heart before all the excitement starts. I usually arrive to work early around 7:45AM so I answer all the emails that I received from our International teams, then I would have anywhere between 2-5 meetings a day regarding international promotions, marketing campaigns, and sales tools. Then later in the afternoon, you can find me creating, executing, and providing necessary brand information to our International teams and LOBs.
What’s the best part of your job? Most challenging?
The best part of my job is seeing the Viacom brands translated and coming alive to people all over the world through consumer products and promotions campaigns across all international regions. A challenge is working across cultural and language barriers, not to mention the time differences-they work when we’re sleeping and vice versa so I get a lot of email alerts at odd hours.
Where can we find you on the weekends?
I love hanging out at my neighborhood in Astoria – Queens is going to be a thing in 2015! You can also find me hiking in Upstate NY and beaches in the summer.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
It would be something my old mentor who told me, “Do you want your boss’ job? If that’s a yes, you are in the right place.”
If you could only use one of these platforms, which would it be: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.
I would choose Facebook because everyday is like a reunion! Reconnecting with old friends, new friends, classmates, and family. I can also control my information sharing on Facebook.
Last book you read or movie you watched?
The last movie I watched was “American Sniper”, based on true story of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle. It was a powerful, intense, and disturbing movie about the experiences of men in war that gave me new appreciation our troops and their families.