Last Thursday [6th April], after a day of torrential rain and epic thunderstorms in the Big Apple, the clouds cleared just in time for the second installment of the shots Rising Stars event, our creative showcase spotlighting up-and-coming talents on the US East Coast.  



Hosted by The Mill New York, the event brought together local shots members and industry movers and shakers from as far afield as Chicago and Richmond, Virginia to unveil the 20 selected Stars and celebrate their extraordinary creative achievements. 




A diverse mix of directors, VFX artists, producers, graphic designers, planners and copywriters made up the 20-strong (21, counting the creative team) list of Stars announced on the night. The finalists were chosen from an extensive list of nominations, as well as via shots' own research, and the only criteria for entry was that candidates needed to be aged 30 or under and be based on the US East Coast.

The full list of the 2017 US East Coast Rising Stars appears below and a special Rising Stars supplement, which was distributed at the event, will also be sent to subscribers with their copy of issue #170 of shots, our Cannes/New York special. 


shots East Coast Rising Stars 2017


Shannon Alexander 30, executive producer, Psyop New York

Johnny Budden 29, group creative director, AKQA New York

Kate Carter 30, copywriter, R/GA New York

Chris Colliton 29 & Kevin Weir 28, associate creative directors, Droga5 New York

Eric Cunha 27, CG director, Aardman Nathan Love New York

Bianca Guimaraes 29, associate creative director, BBDO New York

Miles Jay 27, director, Smuggler New York

Mansi Jayakumar 29, global director of innovation, Y&R New York

John Likens 30, creative director, Method Studios New York

Taylor Marsh 29, writer/creative, BBH New York

Lance Oppenheim 20, director, Tool of North America

Emely Perez 27, senior designer, J. Walter Thompson New York

Aran Quinn 29, senior designer/animation director, Mill+ New York

Hayet Rida 28, senior strategic planner, FCB Chicago

Mikey Rossiter 28, colourist, The Mill New York

Ege Soyuer 30, director/animator, Hornet New York

Pat Sullivan 28, producer, Sonic Union New York

Daniel Uribe 24, director/designer, MPC Creative New York

Linn Livijn Wexell 28, interactive art director, Stink Studios New York

Taylor Wiegert 30, planning director, The Martin Agency Richmond


To see all the pictures from the festivities, visit our Facebook page here.