We had the good fortune of connecting with Wendy Watson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Wendy, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
I am always inspired by the Rumi quote ‘Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.’ And as the mother of three teens, this is my mantra as they seek to find their own path in life. I firmly believe that if you follow your passion, success will follow, and best of all you will never feel like you worked a day in your life.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Clearstream (www.clearstreamagency.com) is an award-winning boutique agency focused on developing comprehensive communications strategies that build brands across media. Founded in 2015, the firm is privately held and headquartered in Los Angeles, with teams in Miami and Dallas. Clearstream’s results-driven campaigns have been recognized by numerous press and marketing organizations for their strategic communications that drive conversation and build brands through PR, advertising, and digital platforms. Clearstream has been the recipient of the ‘Game Changers Award’ by Finance Monthly and was recently named one of Fastest Growing Companies of 2020 by Silicon Review. Clearstream clients include innovative startups, established brands, nonprofits, and Fortune 500 companies.
Our tagline is ‘Ahead of the Current’. We are proud of and inspired by our client base of disruptors and emerging leaders. Our bottom-line approach to strategic communications has made us attractive to clients across many industries, including tech, consumer products, healthcare, hospitality, supply chain, and nonprofit.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
To me, Los Angeles is the best city in the world, perpetually 70 & sunny, where the mountains meet the sea. Perfect weather and outdoor options aside, I love that the City of Angels is a city of dreamers. I embrace the openness here to be your true self and follow your passion. LA is not just a city, it is a patchwork quilt of communities where everyone can find their home. Because of this, it is hard to give an outsider a sense of the city from just one stop. My ‘friend tours’ include hiking in Palos Verdes, a strand cruise from my home in Manhattan Beach to my favorite mexican spot in Hermosa – Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila, a visit to the Santa Monica Pier/3rd Street Promenade, a stroll through the Farmers Market at 3rd & Fairfax, a sunset dinner in Malibu, horseback riding at Will Rogers State Park, window shopping in BH, DTLA, and then a stop by Griffith Park Observatory. That’s my ‘LA in a Day!’ Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Prior to founding Clearstream Agency, I spent 18 years working at global Omnicom PR firm, Porter Novelli. I worked in both their east and west coast offices, and literally ‘grew up’ at the firm, rising through the ranks and eventually being named the youngest SVP in the company’s history. I am grateful to the amazing leaders and mentors I had there along the way, and am amazed at the trajectory of the careers of my former colleagues, many of whom went on to do such great things! I remain grateful for my very first boss, Jerry Franz, who I still remain close with today. He modeled a strong work ethic and taught me how to be a leader with a big heart.