Amid all the ugliness last week, I did get some glimpses of sunshine; and I’m not talking about the weather. Twice, I spent time with people I haven’t seen in years, and I do mean years, reminiscing about all the good times we shared.
The last several years I lived in Montreal I was doing advertising and PR in the fashion industry; and, after a couple of years at a tiny agency that specialized in the fur industry, I ended up working for a manufacturer and Continue reading →
Have you ever wondered what you’d be doing if you’d chosen a different path? I never have in the past, but I do think about it occasionally now.
For me it was easy. I was about 12 years old when I decided I wanted to work in advertising. Originally I wanted to be an art director and I did go to art school after high school. My mother wasn’t surprised because she used to say I was always doodling, that I didn’t have a notebook or school book that didn’t have sketches in it.
Last Sunday was Mother’s Day and, even after all this time, it’s tough — not that I only think of my mom once a year. Truthfully, I miss her everyday. I can’t tell you how many times a week I reach for the phone to call her.
It’s still an automatic reflex whenever I’m unsure about a recipe, or I’ve got news to share, or I’ve seen a movie I know she’d have loved, or some silly antic of hers pops out of my memory bank and into my consciousness.
She was a hoot. Feisty, funny, up for just about anything that didn’t involve elevators or heights.
Yes, I’ve got a bee in my bonnet. But let me start with what I do love about Facebook.
I love that I’ve been able to reconnect with people I haven’t seen in years and years and years. I love that I’ve made so many new friends, folks I’d never have met any other way, but with whom, it turns out, I share a lot of interests.
I love that I’ve found former co-workers, some from my very first job. I love that I can, so quickly and easily, keep in touch with friends and family who live far away. For that matter, I love hearing about everything that’s going Continue reading →
Forgive me, I don’t often do this (self promote). But I’ve wanted to do more
editorial writing for years. And as many of you know, it’s easier said than done for all kinds of reasons.
What I’ve discovered is, there’s a separation between church and state — in other words, the editors of most magazines and newspapers don’t care how long you’ve been writing advertising copy, it doesn’t make you a Continue reading →
A couple of weeks ago I had a meeting with a prospective client. As soon as we all sat down around their boardroom table the senior client in the room asked me to tell them about myself. As I took them through my various jobs and experiences I realized something:
I always talk about how lucky I am to have worked for the global ad agencies I worked for, on the blue chip accounts I worked on, all the smart and talented people I was exposed to — the ‘bigness’ of everything.
But what I tend to overlook are the small agencies where I also worked. Where I cut my teeth. Where I had no real defined job. Where each and every member of the staff, all four or five or eight or ten of us, had a myriad of jobs we had to do.
We didn’t have the luxury of broadcast producers or multiple layers of account Continue reading →
Have you ever wondered what you’d do for a living if you hadn’t followed the career path you did? It’s not something I’ve ever really dwelled on. Probably because from the time I was a kid in school I wanted to work in advertising. Which I did, successfully.
Worked for some of the best and biggest agencies in the world, on the bluest of blue chip brands. Learned from and worked with and for some of the brightest, most talented folks out there; and I’ve won more than my fair share of awards over the years, as if the thrill of doing the work wasn’t enough.
So why wonder what else I might have done.
Except sometimes I do. Not that I have any regrets, so don’t start going down that road, ya Continue reading →
The other day Michelle (The Green Study), a blogger I follow, wrote about her quest to find the perfect place to write; and then asked us, her fellow bloggers, to share how we “create space and time to work.”
When I reviewed my rather long-winded (sorry, Michelle) comment I thought, to myself, “This isn’t a comment, it’s a blog post.” So I decided to keep Michelle’s idea going by sharing what works best for me; and hopefully you’ll be inspired to do the same. Here goes:
I am one of the lucky ones. A career as an ad agency writer/creative director has
Who do you see when you look in the mirror? No, I’m not trying to be a smart ass; and it’s not a trick question. I’m being serious. Because it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s your own true self you’re staring at. In my experience, at one time or another, we’ve all created a persona we’ve sent out there into the world.
Sometimes it’s who, or what, others — like our parents or spouses or teachers — want us to be. How many young men and women have become doctors or lawyers or firefighters or teachers or have gotten married or had children in an effort to please their folks — only to end up miserable because they wanted to do something else with their lives?
Sometimes it’s us. We wish we were like a character we enjoyed in a book or a film. Or more like a friend or colleague. Someone we think is more interesting or more intelligent or more successful or more admired or more charming or more memorable. Someone who seems to have a more exciting, more fulfilling life. Someone who’s braver than we are. More daring. More adventurous. Naughtier. Funnier. More