Career Consultant for Advertising Creatives and Career Coach

Angela Martin is a certified career and life coach, speaker, writer and owner of DEFINING SUCCESS COACHING. Through one-on-one coaching, group coaching and custom presentations, she uses proven techniques to help people find fulfillment in their lives while making a great living doing work they love.

While Angela coaches clients across all different industries, she pulls from her background and experience as the youngest Creative Manager in the advertising industry worldwide (and at the agency that did Got Milk? nonetheless) to coach and consult a select group.  Angela’s specialty is working with advertising art directors, copywriters and graphic designers to see themselves get the recognition they deserve, hear about themselves in their industry and finally feel satisfied even though they may have felt stuck.

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As someone who worked in advertising for years, she has been there – trapped in the vicious cycle of work – work – work – work – burn out – go back to work at a different company and/or with new clients – work – work – work – work – work – work – work – burn out or get sick – go back to work at a different company and/or with new clients – work – work – work – work – work – burn out or get sick…

It doesn’t have to be this way.  Now, Angela specifically works with advertising art directors, copywriters and graphic designers (as an Advertising Career Coach) to break this pattern and move you toward genuine satisfaction faster and easier than if you are working alone.  Through her experiences at smaller shops as well as Leo Burnett, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, and IDEO on the agency side and Facebook on the client side, she can offer her clients consulting around industry issues as well as career coaching and life coaching.  Angela started as an art director moved over to creative recruiting and finished as the Creative Manager at GSP with Milk, Comcast, Sprint, Adobe, HP, Frito Lay, Denny’s, Hyundai and many more clients before becoming a certified career and life coach.  Angela would love to talk shop and see if you’d be a good fit to work together either through coaching or a presentation.

Angela lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and has coached clients in New York City, Los Angeles, Portland, Atlanta, Boston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, London, Amsterdam, Melbourne, and more.  Her clients have worked on both small and big business such as Nike, Porsche, Jimmy Choo, Visa, Scholastic, Disney, and eBay.  She has served on the Executive Board of the San Diego Professional Coaches’ Alliance and earned the distinction of becoming one the first Board Certified Coaches in the United States.

Angela has served as a Contributor to New York’s Creative Week and Advertising Week.  For more than three years, she was the Work-Life Balance Writer for San Diego’s

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Angela Martin’s Credentials

Board Certified Coach

Center for Credentialing & Education, Inc.

Certified Career Coach

International Coach Federation

Certified Life Coach

International Coach Federation

Certified in Sales Systems

Eric Lofholm International

New York Creative Week & Advertising Week Contributor

One Show and Art Director’s Club Awards

Past Executive Board Member

San Diego Professional Coaches Alliance

Past Creative Manager

Goodby, Silverstein & Partners



Honors Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising & Sales

Minors in Speech Communications & Studio Art


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