Published on March 7, 2014
10 THINGS TO KNOW WHEN STARTING OUT IN THE ADVERTISING INDUSTRY University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill March 5, 2014
ALTERNATIVE TITLE: STUFF I LEARNED ALONG THE WAY THAT MAY OR MAY NOT MAKE THE NEXT FEW MONTHS OF YOUR LIFE SLIGHTLY LESS BEWILDERING
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One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. “Which way do I take,” she asked. “Where do you want to go?” was his response. “I don’t know,” Alice answered. “Then,” said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.”
1 YOU’LL ALWAYS BE A STUDENT.
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We discovered methane on Mars. Methane is the byproduct… it’s part of the gaseous efﬂuences of anaerobic bacteria which on earth operates deep in the intestinal tracks of farm animals. That’s a really scientiﬁc way of saying, “there are Mars farts.” 41:10
2 WATCH. THE. WORK.
THE BEST WAY TO MAKE GOOD MUSIC IS TO LISTEN TO GOOD MUSIC.
"We are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants. We see more, and things that are more distant, than they did, not because our sight is superior or because we are taller than they, but because they raise us up, and by their great stature add to ours.” John of Salisbury, 1159
A GOOD PLACE TO START: CREATIVITY-ONLINE COMMUNICATION ARTS THE ONE SHOW ADFREAK ADAGE PSFK CONTAGIOUS TRENDWATCHING ADS OF THE WORLD LÜRZER’S ARCHIVE COLORIBUS AWARD ANNUALS etc……
GO A STEP FURTHER. TRY TO DISSECT IDEAS. WHAT CHALLENGE DID THIS PIECE OF COMMUNICATIONS SOLVE? ! WHY DID THIS PARTICULAR MEDIA CHANNEL MAKE SENSE? ! HOW DOES THIS IDEA DIFFER FROM CATEGORY CONVENTIONS? ! WHAT MAKES THIS WORK PARTICULARLY MEMORABLE? ! WHAT IS THE KEY INSIGHT? ! HOW IS THIS RELEVANT TO CULTURE? IS IT? ! WHAT DOES THIS WORK SAY ABOUT THE BRAND’S AUDIENCE? ! HOW COULD THIS IDEA EXTEND ACROSS DIFFERENT CHANNELS? ! HOW WOULD YOU ARTICULATE THIS IDEA IN ONE SENTENCE? ! [ for example ]
ALIEN = “Jaws In Space”
3 BECOME A “WONDER JUNKIE.” * Carl Sagan’s “Contact” (1985)
THE PICASSO PRINCIPLE
“You are a mashup of everything you let into your life.” - Paula Scher
“Planners have no responsibilities. Not really. Which means you’ll never be that important. But it makes you free to think about the right stuff, and gives you the time to consider stuff. Everyone else in the agency actually has to get stuff done and often don’t have the time to think. You do. So you should. ! - Russell Davies
4 QUESTION EVERYTHING.
Your value to an agency or to a client or to this industry lies in your ability to poke holes in the world around you, to question things that nobody else ever thought to question and to devote yourself to making sense of stuff that others simply aren’t willing to.
CHALLENGE CONVENTIONAL THOUGHT WHENEVER CONVENTIONAL THOUGHT IS NOT BEING CHALLENGED
The interview: You need to test an agency to see if it’s the right ﬁt just as much as the agency is testing you for the right ﬁt. ! (don’t let this be your job interview)
5 PICK A BOSS, NOT AN AGENCY.* * 88% sure this is not mine but I have no idea where it came from
TWO TYPES OF MINDSETS*: 1. Those who want to go work for a company to make it successful 2. Those who want to go work for a successful company *Jamie Zawinski
6 IDEAS, NOT ADS.
SHOW IDEAS, NOT ADS Okay, maybe some ads, too
“Portfolios now contain app ideas, experiential stunts, short-ﬁlm scripts and real-time marketing ideas. It’s great, but it makes it hard to judge whether a student can come up with long-lasting brand ideas, or just random one-offs.” - Lars Bastholm, Rosetta “ We w a n t s t u d e n t s t o g o b e y o n d … integration and ask, ‘What purpose does this provide the user and what can I do to make the user’s life better?’ ’What is [the behavior] that can help us come up with the creative so that it’s a sound creative strategy?’ -John Militello, Google
A PORTFOLIO IS NOT JUST A SHOWCASE OF YOUR WORK, IT’S A REFLECTION OF HOW YOU WORK. Stop making things. This world doesn’t need any more stuff. It needs smarter systems. It needs better ways to connect things that already exist. Become obsessed with connections, all sorts of connections — useful, fun, unexpected, helpful, informative. Then think how to insert things into them so that you create something new.” - Ana Andjelic
7 ABANDON PERFECTION.
“THE SHOW DOESN’T GO ON BECAUSE IT’S READY. IT GOES ON BECAUSE IT’S 11:30.” - Lorne Michaels.
It took me much too long to realize: DON’T FOCUS ON BEING SMART. FOCUS ON BEING USEFUL.
“To feel absolutely right is the beginning of the end.” Albert Camus
8 DON’T BE A DICK.
Cognitive biology proves that assholes are just underdeveloped human beings “The size of the human brain has tripled in the past three million years; much of this growth is devoted to interpersonal capabilities such as empathy and cooperative planning. ! In the harsh conditions faced by our ancestors, cooperation aided survival; thus, factors that promote cooperation have been woven into your brain. These include altruism, generosity, concern about reputation, fairness, language, forgiveness and morality and religion.”
USE EMPATHY TO YOUR OWN ADVANTAGE * MIT’s Agnes technology
9 SPEND MORE TIME WITH PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF THE AD INDUSTRY.
IT’S EASY TO FORGET THAT THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT YOUR AUDIENCE.
THESE PEOPLE ARE.
ADVERTISEMENTS ARE LIKE THE SPECIAL EFFECTS IN MOVIES. YOU DON’T NEED TO KNOW MUCH ABOUT HOW THEY ARE MADE TO KNOW WHETHER OR NOT THEY SUCK.
10 DON’T BELIEVE PEOPLE WHO TELL YOU THAT THERE IS A 10-STEP LIST TO BECOMING SUCCESSFUL IN ADVERTISING.
Not even me.
TEN THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. You’ll always be a student Watch the work. Become a wonder junkie. Question everything. Pick a boss, not an agency. Ideas, not ads. Abandon perfection. Don’t be a dick. Spend more time with people outside of the ad industry 10. Don’t believe anyone who tells you there is a simple 10-point list
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