A Conversation With Meghna Sarawat and Hannah Tsuji of Golden Post Agency

Kate Anderson-Song Head Interviewer

Introduce yourselves! 

Meghna Sarawat: CEO & Co-Founder of Golden Post

Hannah Tsuji: CEO & Co-Founder of Golden Post

Introduce Golden Post Agencywhat’s your mission, and how did it start?

Our mission at Golden Post Agency is to provide an authentic and genuine experience to small to medium-sized businesses in the creative industries through our services and collaborations. We work with our clients to provide personalized digital advice and creative consultancy to make the current digital environment their playground for growth. 

We started Golden Post fairly quickly and all at once. In December of 2018, we met for coffee to catch up as friends, which usually included shop-talk of our wins and struggles as freelancers. Meghna had recently been given an ultimatum of finding work or returning to retail which led to her creating a page on her website offering her services for anything from filming audition tapes to tutoring students on math. In sharing this with Hannah, it was quickly apparent that this would not work, and Hannah advised Meghna to tailor down this list and try something that she enjoys. This led to the initial proposal from Meghna, asking Hannah if she wanted to start something together. We took the winter break and thought about it some more, running it past family and friends, and then hit the ground running with our first client in 2019. Our business has pivoted since its inception, but we couldn’t be happier with our decision to go into business together back then. 

What do you do outside of Golden Post?  

M.S.: Currently, I am in my fourth of Journalism at Ryerson University and am a social media intern at kaia naturals!

H.T.: Outside of Golden Post, I am a recent graduate of the Creative Industries program at Ryerson University. I am currently a freelance graphic designer as well, working part-time, in-house for a couple of local companies based in Toronto in the creative and financial sectors. 

How have you all adapted to life during the COVID-19 pandemic? How has this time affected your work and your lives?

When the pandemic first hit, we stopped work along with the rest of the world as we all tried to digest what exactly was happening. About two months into the first wave of COVID-19, we came to terms with the fact that this virus wasn’t going anywhere and that we had to adapt as a business. We were in an incredibly fortunate position being a service-based company that doesn’t require physical interaction for a good chunk of the services we offer. Along with that, many businesses also realized they had to adapt to this “new normal” and reached out to us in need to make a digital presence in order to gain business and sales. This led to a surge in our business, so much so that we have been able to expand our team and embrace this growth in an exciting way. As things begin to open up here in Toronto, we are excited to be able to have face-to-face meetings again with our clients and do more in-person shoots as we absolutely LOVE that part of our business. 

What would you say is your biggest accomplishment? Personally & work-wise? 

M.S.: I think one of our biggest accomplishments work-wise was landing our first huge American client! This happened just under a year ago now, and since then, we’ve expanded our team, and that has also been a huge accomplishment. Personally, I would say my biggest accomplishment was working at Vogue. I think that will forever be my biggest accomplishment. I was only 18 then and moved to India to start at Vogue. That will forever feel like a fever dream!

H.T.: With Golden Post, I’d have to agree with Meghna that landing our first larger scale business, and an international business at that, was an incredible achievement for us! Personally, one of my biggest accomplishments thus far was interning with Universal Music as a graphic designer. To be able to combine my craft with my love of music with such an established company filled with incredibly talented creatives was an absolute dream!!

What does self-care mean to you? How do you unwind and recharge?  

M.S.: Self-care means, to me, doing things that make me smile. Sometimes that means working out, or cooking with friends, or doing something spontaneous. I really like to unplug and just experience new things.

H.T.: Self-care to me means taking time to yourself, away from work and responsibilities, and allowing yourself to enjoy the little things that can boost your mood. This can include anything from going for a short walk, catching up with friends over a good meal, or treating yourself to something slightly extravagant. Personally, the way that I unwind and recharge is usually with downtime to myself, which usually involves a bubble bath, cooking, doing my nails, and 2000s rom-com. 

Here are some rapid-fire questions: 

Your go-to coffee shop order? 

M.S.: Hannah stole mine, so I will say a latte with a sprinkle of cinnamon

H.T.: Cappuccino with a sprinkle of cinnamon 

What item(s) can you not leave your house without? 

M.S.: hmmm… I actually forget everything and like to bring nothing. Nowadays, I would probably say a mask, just in case, I spot a cute cafe or boutique I want to check out!

H.T.: My keys so I can get back in my house?

Any books/movies/tv-shows/music that you love right now? Give us a recommendation! 

M.S.: I’m just about finished Ginny & Georgia, and that’s a cute show! It’s also filmed in Toronto, so I have some pride 🙂

H.T.: LOONY—I just bought tickets to her concert in the fall and am so excited!! 

Ultimate comfort food?

M.S.: anything CHOCOLATE! Dessert is probably my biggest passion, and it’s there for me when I’m sad, happy, angry, confused. I know after I have dessert I will be happy!

H.T.: Simply put, ✨Fries✨

What has been the highlight of your day today? 

M.S.: Today, the highlight of my day was being able to finish work and hang out with my family! We are all home right now, and it’s been the first time since the pandemic. I love that it feels a little more normal!

H.T.: My morning coffee 🙂 

Thank you so much for talking with Overachiever. Final question: What are you working on right now? Or what is upcoming for you and your work? 

We are currently preparing for our second annual Golden Hour, which is an event that invites creatives to showcase their talents, share their knowledge, and offer insight into their creative process on our platform. It will be hosted exclusively on Instagram and Clubhouse the week of August 9th; our followers will have the opportunity to engage with eight inspiring people within our network and learn about their unique experiences from across the creative industries.

We also have some more exciting internal projects coming for the fall season, so make sure to follow us on Instagram (@goldenpostagency for any and all upcoming announcements.

Meghna Sarawat (Co-founder and CEO of Golden Post) is in her final year of Journalism, minoring in Fashion at Ryerson University. With a passion for visual and written content, her interests range quite the distance providing her with a unique perspective. From working at Vogue India to Border & Fall, Meghna takes experience from Every opportunity and brings them all forth to tackle future situations. 

Meghna has an ever-growing love for interior design and is always looking to refine her eye. She takes pride in her baked goods, precisely following a recipe while adding some flair. She’s able to bring the same principles to her work.

Personal Website: https://www.blakestreet.co

Instagram: @meghnasarawat

Hannah Tsuji (Co-founder and CEO of Golden Post) is a digital maker and overall creative human. With past experience in Toronto’s media and digital marketing industry, she has racked up quite the portfolio when it comes to all things design and creativity. Being a co-founder of Golden Post and creative consultant has fulfilled Hannah’s passion and drive by being in a creative management role while also allowing her to get her hands dirty in content and design projects.  

Hannah has her Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Creative Industries with a specialization in media business and graphic communication management from Ryerson University. Always being torn between the analytical, stable environment-seeking business world and her love for all things creativity – music, art, design, and more – the creative industries is where she is meant to be. 

Personal Website: https://www.hannahtsuji.com

Instagram: @hannah_2g

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