Courtney Richardson

Courtney Richardson

Creative Director


New York, NY USA

Every day, I ensure that my mission is to, as I rise up, reach back.


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Courtney Richardson


My road in life has been direct.
I grew up in the Bay Area of California.
I’ve always been a very creative person—my mom put me in Montessori school when I was a kid.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in education and theater and master’s degree in mass communication and media from Howard University.
After graduate school, I took a chance and moved to New York, where I started working in television, doing digital marketing for shows like “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead.”
I continued to round out my experience through various roles in the creative field, including brand manager for Chowder Inc. and marketing manager for Lush Cosmetics.
In 2017, I founded Do It For The Brand, a social collective with a mission to empower brands and creatives of color in the beauty and lifestyle industries.
After two years working as the creative director for Do It For The Brand, I moved on to work as the creative director for Paper Magazine.
I currently work as creative director for Droga5 and am also the founder of the Museum of Nail Art.
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High School
Education and Theater
Howard University
Mass Communications & Media
Howard University
Women's Entrepreneurship
Cornell University
Howard University


Creative Director

I lead the creative direction for an advertising agency.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Being Creative

Day to Day

Each day requires me to be inspired by the world around me and many lived experiences (including my own) to conjure up creative ideas and stories that impact people, clients, and brands. But also as a creative leader, each day also requires me to lead by example and mentor the emerging talent that work with me to find their voice and learn to break boundaries of creativity.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

I'd recommend an undergraduate degree in a creative field like writing or art. If not, make sure your side hustle or passion is related!

Recommended Education

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