Three Years at Warhol & WALL ST.

By Malcolm White, Marketing Coordinator

I celebrate a couple of significant dates with Warhol & WALL ST. There’s April 2014, when I first approached Yohannan and Chris asking them if I could intern for their newly founded marketing company. Then there’s what I’ve come to call my Emancipation Day. On Dec. 3, 2015, I was disemployed by Express, where I’d been working since graduating from college doing customer service in the IT Department. The circumstances that led to the loss of my job are still suspicious to me (they told me it was a budget issue and even gave me glowing remarks when I left, but the actual termination was very shady). But it was a blessing in disguise.

Ultimately, I simply did not fit into the culture at Express, or any corporate office for that matter. I was born to be creative, to think outside of the box and make real impact and change.

Ultimately, I simply did not fit into the culture at Express, or any corporate office for that matter. I was born to be creative, to think outside of the box and make real impact and change. I couldn’t do that at Express, and on Dec. 3, I felt a freedom that I’d never experienced before. On my Emancipation Day, I called Chris and Yogi and told them about how I was unceremoniously disemployed and asked what I’d need to do to move from unpaid intern into an independent contractor role. Fortunately, we were in negotiations with a pretty big client that had the possibility to change all of our lives. On Dec. 4, while we were out celebrating our fraternity’s founding day, Chris and Yogi heralded me into taking a toast as they announced some big news. I was to be contracted and my first day would be December 7th. Nothing would be the same.

On the first anniversary of my time with Warhol & WALL ST., I wrote this Instagram post reflecting on how life had changed in a year. I’m reposting it here for your reading pleasure:

“This is literally…one of the greatest days of my life.

I left a job where I was miserable to come to a job where I feel urgent, motivated, and challenged on the daily. Can’t thank Chris, Yogi and Will enough for taking a chance on me as one of the first people to come under the Warhol & WALL ST. umbrella.

I look forward to coming to work every day, love working with my colleagues and I love the work that we do. Sometimes I get in the office as early as 6 or 7 AM (like today) just because I’m excited to get working. It’s stressful as hell but so rewarding at the same time. Beyond the fact that we are a minority-owned/Alpha-owned business (both impressive feats by themselves), we really do churn out some DOPE projects.

I’m blessed to be in this position because there are so many people who wake up every day and hate themselves and their profession. I Can’t Relate! I hope that everybody, one day, gets to love their job as much as I do mine. I shouldn’t even call it a job to be honest; It’s a god dream…It’s everything. 😂😂 I look around, often, and ask God what I did to deserve to be here. Then I stop asking questions and just get back to work (which is what I’ma do right now; I could go on and on).

I’ll just say, like what rapper Jerreau said, “it never happens how you plan”, but it all works out the way that it’s supposed to.”

Since I wrote this, things have only gotten better. I can’t wait to continue to celebrate more anniversaries at Warhol & WALL ST. and I’m forever grateful for Chris and Yogi taking a chance on me in the first place.