Author: Rebecca Tall Brown

FINterview Series: Emma O’Regan

What did you want to be growing up?

Growing up I wanted to be a fashion designer. I would spend hours drawing little figures with different outfits on them. As I got older, I realized I didn’t want to be part of the fashion industry, but my passion for drawing stayed and continued to grow and developed into other areas. I’m still into fashion, what I wear/trends, and drawing, but now they’re separate and I like it more that way. 

Favorite book or movie? 

Surfs Up! I reference this movie at least 3x a week. I seriously can relate anything in life to this movie…the soundtrack, storyline, animation—so good! If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend. 

What’s your favorite food? 

Indian food! There’s a vendor at the Sunday farmers market that sells the BEST chicken tikka masala samosa. Just thinking about it I want it right now… It’s so good! 

What’s your favorite thing about Four Fin?

The team, of course! I feel so lucky to be working alongside such amazing people who all take pride in what they do inside and outside the office. Team is a word thrown around all the time, but I really feel like I’ve found my team. I also love the work itself, and the direction we are moving into. I feel like our work matters, and that’s a good feeling.

FINterview Series: Chiao Huang

What did you want to be growing up?

I was circling around between fashion, fine art, and design. But art was related for sure. 

Who do you look up to/ who is your role model? 

Definitely not Ariana Grande or some celebrities. I mean I love them, but people around me influence me the most. Surrounding myself around good people such as the Fins is one of the best methods I’ve found to improve myself. 

You’re a new Pantone color, what are you called? 

Cosmo Rhythm. Why? ‘Cuz no one knows what that is! Things don’t have to make sense all the time.

What do you like to do in your free time?  

I’m an adventurer. Also, I grew up in a scuba diving family so most things related to water grab my attention. Scuba/free diving, surfing. Besides that, plant shopping, coffee tasting, doing murals, and more. 

What’s your dream vacation? 
Diving with whales, dolphins, or any sea animal that’s bigger than humans. With everything included because a real dream vacation means no cares about money or all those logistic things. 

FINterview Series: Morgan Clark

Favorite thing about Four Fin?

The Fins! Insanely talented, down to earth good people, talk about a dream team!

What is your favorite food?

Fresh Mexican food – one of the many reasons I love living in San Diego!

What do you like to do in your free time?

Most weekends you can find me checking out a brewery with friends, flying home to wine country to see family, heading to dog beach with my puppy, Tucker, or at the ballpark for a Padres game!

Favorite Book (or Movie)?

Shoe Dog. I’ve played sports my entire life and Nike has always been a staple in that. Aside from my lifelong connection with Nike, I enjoyed reading the story behind the brand – guess I can thank “Just Do It” for fueling my love for branding!

FINterview Series: Rebecca Tall Brown

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What did you want to be growing up? 

I wanted to be President. My hand was perpetually raised in school, volunteering for anything that would get me out of my seat and into a new experience.

Favorite book or movie?

l always stop to watch Denzel’s portrayal of Frank Lucas in American Gangster. He built community and gave his family upward mobility which was all foiled by {spoiler alert} a full-length, $100k chinchilla coat.

Favorite thing about Four Fin?

Learning alongside other talented people who are also dedicated to great work – every time. The “get it right” culture prioritizes our clients needs. It energizes me daily.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Walking my sweet senior pups and catching stand-up comedy and live music with my husband, Erick. We went to the Sunset Bowl this autumn for our first live-show post Pandemic and it was magic.

FINterview Series: Aaron Van Fossen

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What is the most uncomfortable thing you have done? 

A cross-country Greyhound bus trip. Barely slept for days, narrowly missed being mugged, shared food with strangers, and used Google translate to make a new friend. Uncomfortable, but ultimately life-changing.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Lose my voice at live music shows. Live and die over the Green Bay Packers.

You’re a new Pantone color, what are you called?

Imperial Stout.

What is your dream vacation?

Japan. The food and the art. The gardens and parks. Super Nintendo World. Maybe tea with Hayao Miyazaki if he’s got time.

What is your favorite thing about Four Fin?

The great collection of people (and plants)

FINterview Series: BeiBei An

Get to know our digital designer, BeiBei An

What did you want to be growing up?

I told people I’d like to be an archaeologist as a kid because at the time I’d just learned the word, and I thought it was cool to say. (I said it with the most serious face an 8-year-old could give.) Now I think it’s not a bad choice to pursue since China, where I’m from originally, has lots of things laying underground. Later I started to watch Case Closed (a Japanese detective anime) and I wanted to be a detective. But it gave me the impression that I need to become a detective by the age of 18, otherwise, I won’t make it. So around 16, I knew it wasn’t going to happen for me.

What is your favorite thing about Four Fin?

Having autonomy here is big. I feel that I’m fully trusted and I’m free to explore and bring my creative ideas, all of which is accepted and encouraged by the team. I have space where I can make the decisions and truly own the work, and that is fully respected by everyone here. As a creative person, that’s something very valuable to have in the working environment. Four Fin’s growth mindset has also allowed me to grow into a direction that suits me the best.

You’re a new Pantone color, what are you called?

“50 shades of grey.” Cause my wardrobe is literally that. Somehow, whenever I went shopping, I ended up picking the color of grays, black and white. Recently I’m trying to add more hues to it, like orange and pink, but still with a certain amount of grays in them.

What is your dream vacation?

I have a group of really close friends from high school, but after graduation, we have been scattered all around the world: China, Japan, Thailand, UK, and the US. I really wish one day we can again gather and hang out on a tropical island for a week or two. Three of my friends have toddlers now and one of them just had her second baby, so I guess the dream will be pushed a little further out now!