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Great Depression food line
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Professional Who’s Been There, Survived That; photo of a Great Depression soup kitchen created by gangster Al Capone… This makes four. Over the course of my 30-year career, I’ve survived three other recessions: 1990-1991 — The inevitable collapse of Reaganomics. (Borrow, borrow, borrow… wait, we have to pay it back?) 2000-2001 — The first dotcom bust — the most painful one for me. I was riding high as a web nerd, then hit bottom. I even got rejected for a bookstoreRead More
public diplomacy magazine
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Ardent Foe of Laugh Tracks… I know little about diplomacy, but I do know media manipulation…Read More
proud to announce
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Copyeditor with an Attitude; photo by Free To Use Sounds on Unsplash… I’ve noticed an odd writing habit on LinkedIn — and I’m not talking about my pet peeves, the abuses of “authentic” and “humbled”…Read More
Freddy Nager and Bobby Borg
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + A Man With A Plan (Or Three)… In another chat with musician, marketer, and fellow USC Annenberg adjunct professor Bobby Borg, I delve into the value of marketing plans…Read More
No pay? No play.
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder Of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Believes Everyone Should Get Paid For Their Work… As a professor with hundreds of smart, hard working students every year, I get hit up by employers seeking interns. And I’m usually eager to help, since my students deserve every opportunity to succeed. (On a self-serving note, their success boosts my reputation as well.) But I finally got fed up with the internships “for college credit” nonsense. Not only is it obscene to ask people to work for free —Read More