We have many years of experience working with some of the most talented creatives in the film, TV, PR, design and advertising businesses. Pollock Spark has helped film directors and producers, film editors, journalists, TV executives, Internet, marketing and media pros, industrial and graphic designers, and musicians get more of the kind of work they want to be doing.
We’ll help you articulate your strengths simply and clearly so that you can get the opportunities you deserve. We’ll help you to better understand your clients and market your creative work and talent more effectively.
A series of weekly phone-coaching sessions explores your goals and develops strategies for achieving them. We will work together intensively and you will continue on your own between sessions to refine and execute the ideas that we develop. You’ll get positive feedback, momentum and motivation as you take advantage of our objectivity and experience.
Depending on the specific goals we set for you, we’ll develop and focus your career goals. Create a powerful, effective resume, cover letter and elevator pitch. Polish a strong interview technique. Seek out and target the best job or client opportunities. Create a strategy for successful networking. All this is one-on-one, customized to your specific situation.
What clients are saying about Pollock Spark
I was able to see that I have way more interesting skills/experience than what is outlined on my resume.
Having just finished working with Michael, I can enthusiastically say he brought great insight and value to my thinking about next steps in my career. He quickly grasped my past accomplishments and future aspirations and expertly kept us moving forward, making sure we achieved all agreed upon goals. Michael helped me see how my particular expertise might have value to a wider audience than I might have originally thought and assisted me in sifting through and evaluating current opportunities. Perhaps most importantly, Michael encouraged me to view those current opportunities as potentially valuable steps toward my ultimate goal. The clarity he brought was enormously helpful. In short, I’m far better equipped to move forward now than before I began working with Michael.
Specialist in Sponsorships and Publishing
I did four coaching sessions with Michael and he empowered all my professional and creative potential proving with focus, constructive critic and action. He helped me to go from many options to find the option and do not get lost. He has a combination of 'impossible is nothing' and 'grounded touch' that I really like, he really gets you ready for success! I will definitely recommend to work with Michael.
Global Strategy and Creative Director: Barcelona, Spain
Michael was absolutely instrumental in helping us to design and build a new strategic broadcast capability for RedWorks. Through partnering with Michael I learned that he possesses a truly unique blend of strategic savvy and operational experience – thinking at 30,000 feet while simultaneously piecing together the jigsaw on the ground. And he does it all with a much-valued sense of humor. Without Michael’s help, we would never have ended in as good of a place as we ultimately did.
Quinn OBrien, RedWorks, an Ogilvy Company
Working with Michael pushed me to take a deeper look at what exactly it is I want to do with my life. Not only that, but also to take a deeper look at what I had already done. Before working with him, I was satisfied with looking at positions for which I was over-qualified, positions that did not center around the creative industry in which I truly wanted to work. He taught me to have faith in my accomplishments, and how to successfully showcase them on my resume and reach for something better. It has given me confidence, drive and focus. Those are three things that are simply priceless in the job-search process, and have given me a new, bright perspective.
Social Media Marketer, Artist Coordinator
Michael Pollock showed me how to improve my confidence and refine my leadership skills. He pointed out my known strengths, directed me to focus on an informative outlook vs a defensive stance. Many thanks again.
Film Production Co, Executive Producer
Michael took a quick look at my resume and a long look at me and synthesized what was needed to make them match. He drew things out that I hadn’t articulated, and helped me breathe a sense of what I really did into those words on paper. I made those changes on my LinkedIn resume and three months later I was recruited via LinkedIn for an amazing job. I am convinced that wouldn’t have happened without Michael’s insight and infectious energy.
I was well positioned, knew my value prop and just made it clear that no one else could come close to what I am able to deliver to them…Since working with you, interviewing is like shooting fish in a barrel. Thanks!
Thank you. I had a great time and learned a lot from working with you. … your method, your process - probing, sometimes free-form, always energetic and purposeful - has really helped me start to focus, in a totally new way for me, on who I am, what I’ve accomplished, what I might have to offer others, and most importantly to start to imagine possible futures for my working life. ….after just a few weeks working with you, I feel I have a sense of a path forward.
… the exercise of examining my history, of continually revising, seeking out the essences, has netted me something more than just a new (and hopefully attractive!) profile. Your process opened up new lines of thought for me as to how I might leverage what I’ve done into something new and if I‘m lucky, something driven by my passions. It was clear that you were always many steps ahead of me, but I felt like always had a hand extended back to where I was, bringing me along. I felt you were genuinely interested and engaged.
Design-driven content producer
Michael Pollock’s work is sheer artistry. He clearly saw what made me unique and desirable, then helped me to identify and articulate those qualities in my resume and presentation. Through probing and questioning, Michael reached in and coaxed out the best, bolder me. Having been away from the competitive market for a while, I was able to re-engage with confidence. I successfully pursued and secured the position I sought for the next chapter of my career. Michael’s brilliant acuity and coaching amazed me, and led me to amaze myself. My feet are finally touching the ground again; Cloud 9 is a nice place to be!
Every once in a while, you meet someone with such clarity that their words and viewpoints just clear the clouds away. That's how I feel when working with you.
In three short sessions, I have gained more from our conversations than I ever thought I would and I want to thank you for making such an impact in the navigation of my career path.
I worked with the actress Mariette Hartley and I remember her saying "the problem with people today is that no one listens, the art of listening is completely gone." Not with you, I really feel like you follow a thread and do so with great interest. And when you speak, I love listening. What you say has such weight, such importance, such clarity.
Thanks for making the skies clear over here in Portland, Oregon.
Thank you very much for all of your efforts. Your analysis of our SWOT and your recommendations on how we should proceed are immensely valuable to us. ... it was critical that we received an objective viewpoint on the highest value opportunities to pursue. Picking a specific direction, given our limited resources, was very necessary and we're pretty confident that you have recommended the right one. Thanks again for all of your help.
I feel like you have launched me. You have given me strength to be bold and ask of people, which I've never done before so thank you. I have suggested to my friend xxxx to use you. I think she could really use your clarity and strategy.
I went from lackluster “brand" materials (cover letter, resume etc.) in serious need of improvement to getting job offers and finding new opportunities in the span of weeks.
Creative Professional - jobseeker
You took us to a whole new level that we would not have reached on our own.
I am going to accept a position with [a major entertainment company] tomorrow. They have somewhat created a position for me …I’m excited because this brings together all my skills/experience in Music, Sponsorship, Marketing and allows me innovative thinking. I wanted to thank you for our sessions together. What you did was help me find my confidence and voice again. Through our work, I became centered and clear on the results I produced and the value I had to offer others. It really made a difference.
Media professional: Music, Sponsorships, Marketing
It really feels like I am moving into a new level of regular and much more profitable business now, thanks for your support? 🙂
Advertising Agency Principal
I reached out to Michael when I felt I was at a turning point in my career. As I explained to him on the first call, “I feel that I’m close and that the answer is right in front of me but I can’t see it.”
He helped me see it. Michael is a good listener and very intuitive. He looked at my website, he listened to me, he asked me questions, and the light went on for me. He listens so closely that he would grab at a word or turn of phrase that I said and ask me to explain further. And wouldn’t you know it, the answer was buried in there.
He then worked with me on a path to get where I wanted to be. There were twists and turns but he kept me on track and honest with myself. I really appreciated that he knows entertainment so well, and all that goes into it, whether it’s being creative or networking, or websites. He’s smart, really easy to talk to and very funny.
I recommend him to anyone who’s looking for their “Now what?”
Entertainment business / social media expert
Before the sessions my general outlook was ...somewhat dire. From the beginning, Michael saw my strengths and encouraged them.
I am excited about moving forward!
The Pollock*Spark report has served as a trusted guide for the board of directors and the professional staff. It has helped navigate the substantial structural and behavioral changes the association has gone through, helped change the way AICE conducts its business and the way it informs and engages its membership. The difference has been extraordinary. From the attitude of the board to the renewed sense of purpose of the membership, AICE is a reinvigorated association thanks in no small part to the careful and insightful work of pollock|spark.
Professional Org for Film Editors
I was surprised by how much my career trajectory and the way I thought about the business of print journalism changed over my sessions with Michael….by using Michael’s techniques I have doubled the number of magazines I work for, strengthened existing relationships with editors, and become confident about walking into a room filled with my professional peers. …. I won’t hesitate to work with Michael again next time I reach a roadblock in my career.
I hired Pollock*Spark to help me sharpen my business efforts by focusing on the Clients likely to use my services. He challenges my thinking, helps me become the master of my own destiny and always looks at my situation from a fresh and smart perspective. He hates bullshit and is incisive but always tactful. His contribution is like having your very own management consultancy, except it’s like dealing with the partner and not the pimply -faced recent graduate. His experience is earned and wisely applied. You can take away anything you want from me but don’t take away my Michael!
Michael (Pollock, pollock*spark) has a very strong ability to focus deeply on a company and draw out important, often overlooked, issues. His suggestions for next steps and action plans are excellent. Michael has been instrumental in helping us clearly define goals and working towards achieving them.
Having had the pleasure of working together with Michael recently, I can only say that he has brought both imagination, clarity and empowering solutions to BeAnimation. His ability to understand and address the complicated aspirations of our company in it’s overall goal to renew our relationship with the US market is both eye opening and exciting.
His workshops and his bespoke approach to our individual needs has helped enormously in reaching the type of conclusions that will help us to not lose focus on our desire to develop and build our business in the US.
He really stands out from the competition.
Adrian Edwards, Director, BE Animation
After we had revised her resume, this client forwarded this “testament of our work together,” sent from a connection of hers:
“I clicked on (a LinkedIn update) and saw your name with an intriguing quote so I clicked again, and WOW!! Girl, you are so creative and vibrant, it just screams off the electronic page… I scanned the resume. It is the first exciting, creative resume I’ve EVER read. Anyone scanning your page would immediately offer you work, even if they didn’t have any.
… I got an offer … I'm very happy!
The second interview went extraordinarily well. My session with you proved most productive … My preparedness was key and I'm so grateful for your help and guidance. I'm incredibly thrilled to have been offered this position and really excited to start a new chapter in my career. Thank you so much for everything!
Interview prep for leadership position
Your support and wisdom have already improved our business, and we're looking forward to continuing the collaboration.
Creative Business Executive
I want to thank you for all the guidance during our sessions, especially helping me take ownership of my past accomplishments while representing my unconventional career path with confidence. You created a nurturing space for me to explore the ideal motivators, something I’ve been shutting down due to some traditional notion of prioritizing skills over vision. Whatever the future holds, I will always remember your very first message to me in this process, “be open and curious.”
A heartfelt thank you!
Director, Arts and culture, audience and program development
Ever wonder where your pupils end up? Did they end up achieving their vision? Branching out into new territories and seizing your sage advice. It’s been just over 3 and a bit years since we worked together. Your words and positive impact are with me always.
I ended up securing a huge contract with a producer that saw me working on a 100 City tour of xxxx and then with that same producer, a global tour of the xxxxx series.
And now I work for xxxxx - ...... But my resume, my website - has your words in there. You just got me and I will never forget your awesomeness.
Theatrical Events Producer
I said good things about you to your face and I’ll say them behind your back as well. I thought you navigated a potentially difficult internal political situation at our company very well (difficult because of the self-perception differences between the partners), advertised your services accurately and delivered an analysis that is relevant, clear and integral to creating forward movement.
I hired Michael two weeks after launching my consulting business, after I’d sent emails to everyone I knew and realized I had no idea what to do next. In a matter of weeks, he helped me create a unique position in the market, make my website more targeted and succinct, collect great testimonials from former clients, start a blog, manage a website redesign, and write for industry publications. With his frank and spot-on advice, I went from fearing I’d destroyed my career to signing long-term contracts for two clients in a matter of weeks. His tips on how to talk about rates also gave me the tools and the confidence to ask for (and get) more than I might have if left to my own devices. I’ve passed Michael’s name to friends struggling with their careers, and I know I’ll be a return customer if I find myself in need of coaching again. I recommend him wholeheartedly.”
Media Planning Specialist
I've reflected back on our conversations and for the most part, you have been point blank right.
Early stage Startup Entrepreneur
Although you laid out the structure and the “mini-goals”, it gelled in our final meeting beyond what I expected. As if it were a well told story and we came to the third act. I hope we do another round 12 months from now. It’s really as important to me as seeing your doctor regularly to check your blood pressure etc.
Creative Music Professional
Even the CFO was impressed!
Postproduction Company Leader
You asked many questions that we had let lurk in the shadows and pointed us in the right direction.
Creative Business Partner
Thanks for your guidance today, as I expressed I was feeling pretty down and unfocused, today's talk and plan helped a lot!
I have, and will continue to recommend the coaching. The coaching sessions truly are a “spark”. …the sessions got me excited about what I’ve done, what I can do and what I hope to do. It’s one of the best investments you can make if you’re in the creative field.
Since we [worked together] I have not stopped working. I have been booked solid. I shot nine new spots in the last eight weeks. Being able to shoot with the confidence of knowing my strengths has been a great pleasure. I have never had a run this strong.
This (coaching) was a terrific experience …. Thank you for your creativity, honesty, and insightfulness. You’re easy to open up to. I never felt judged. You were always prepared and able to quote things I had said 2 sessions before. It’s invaluable as a human being to be listened to on that level, and incredibly empowering as a businessman
I serendipitously discovered Michael while doing deep internet research in pursuit of a solution to a career quandary. I was feeling stuck, frustrated, and stymied - and I wanted guidance on how parlay my work experience thus far into a new chapter. I wanted to feel inspired, directed, and hopeful again. From the onset of our work together, Michael earned my respect with his encouraging but no-BS approach to coaching, as well as his intellect and wit. He's incredibly articulate, insightful, and to-the-point. He asks astute questions and listens well - to be able to do both is a great gift. After just a short time working together, I felt like I was cracking the code to a new way forward. (Incidentally, he was also particularly wise in his advice about specific workplace conflicts that arose during our coaching.) I made great, recognizable strides under his guidance and I recommend him highly to anyone hitting a wall or even stumbling slightly on their path to professional and creative success.
Supervising Producer, NBC
With the precision of a skilled surgeon, the creative mind set of a celebrated artist, and a grounded-ness that is only gifted to the very best and brightest, Michael Pollock set to work on helping to shape the professional me. I came to him looking to focus how I represent myself as a leader in my field, and I emerged out of our collaborative process with so much more than I expected. Now I have the the materials to walk my walk and talk my talk–and even more exciting–my contemporaries and their bosses at the biggest tech and creative players across the country have stood up to take notice. So I ask, what hasn’t Michael Pollock done for me? He’s been my rock, my cheerleader, my articulate second set of eyes, my coach and my spark. I have recommended him, and will continue, to anyone who is inspired to change. And I will continue to work with him as I build my career and my business. I would be crazy not to…he makes me a better me.”
Digital Strategist, Founder, CEO
Hey Obe Won: I feel really lucky to be working with you on this stuff.
I immediately connected to your non-linear approach to having a conversation. Not only do you understand creatives and our industry but your creative conversational style constantly stimulated new thought paths in my mind that helped me find my own ideas and clarity. Going through the process has given me peace of mind around my current situation.I have a new patience and confidence.
Brand design director, Global sportswear company
I wanted to thank you for a great presentation. I loved hearing about your approach on resume writing. Certainly had me thinking. You are certainly welcome back at any time. - Assistant Director, NYU
I was on your career development class on last Friday, and it was amazing. What you said on class is really helpful for me to get my career started. - Student from China
I learned many things that are very helpful as I try to craft my story and find employment. - Student from US
NYU Career Development Seminar
Here is how to get started:
* Email me to set up a 20-minute introductory phone consultation. We’ll discuss your hopes and goals and the challenges you are facing. There is no charge for this session.
* When you decide to go ahead I will send you a questionnaire which you will complete and return to me before the first of our phone sessions.
* And we’ll be off and running – with weekly sessions of motivation, objectivity, advice and support.
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