A Conversation with Sean Finley
Senior Account Executive
SEAN JOINED OUR TEAM in March, and he’s jumped right in. A film fanatic and a talented designer and filmmaker, he brings skills and positivity to every project. We don’t think we’ve ever laughed so hard in a brainstorm until Sean joined us. Allow us to introduce you.
Who is Sean Finley?
Sean: I grew up in Spokane and went to school at Gonzaga Prep. I met my wife, Vanessa, and we moved to Seattle for three years while she attended UW, and I worked as a bike messenger—which is about how long you can do that job without being killed. We moved back to Spokane, and I returned to school for graphic design.
What drew you to design?
Sean: I’ve always had a passion for it. I love it when something is so well designed—when there’s nothing superfluous about it. Every part is there for a reason and to serve a purpose. If something is well thought out, you shouldn’t notice it for it’s trappings but for its message as a whole.
What made you want to work at DH?
Sean: When I first interviewed here, I thought it was interesting that the partners immediately talked about their working styles and philosophy before we actually started talking about the work. I thought that was a cool approach.
What projects have you enjoyed so far?
Sean: Working on scripts for Northern Quest. They’re an amazing client, and their brand is so strong and well-represented in the Spokane region.
What do you do in your free time?
Sean: I’m either fixing something (I’ve been working on my house) or working on a film project. I’m active in the local filmmaking community. I also have a cat named Jojo.
What are your top five films?
Sean: In no particular order: Rear Window, The Royal Tenenbaums, Fight Club, Sneakers, The Big Lebowski.
What movie set would you like to have been on?
Sean: The Royal Tenenbaums. I would’ve given my left arm to be there. First off, Bill Murray. Secondly, Wes Anderson creates worlds that don’t exist. They’re made up, but they’re perfect, and they make sense within themselves. I think that’s what good advertising does too: it invites you into a little world, and you get to be part of it.
Do you talk or sing to yourself?
Sean: I absolutely sing in the car all the time. There’s nothing better than cruising along in a moving sound booth.
Who do you go to for advice?
Sean: My wife. She’s the smartest and funniest person I’ve ever met. Plus, she’s a librarian so she literally knows everything about everything.