Sooner or later every one gets made redundant in this business. What strategies can you employ beyond going freelance?
How to get a creative job in advertising. 1980’s vs 2020’s.
Recently I was asked if I would give some advice to a friend of a young colleague on how to get into advertising, specifically as a creative. It occurred to me that I am not sure I know how anymore, so I said the best person to talk to was our junior art director, Ellie. Then I... Continue Reading →
A couple of apparently unconnected things happened in the last few months, out there in media land, that have a hit a chord if you happen to be a seasoned creative of the 'pale and male' persuasion. Firstly in June, at Cannes Lions, the wonderful 'Project 84' scooped a gazillion Lions for the Campaign Against... Continue Reading →
Why you must learn to hate your own ideas.
Of course most people like their own ideas, sometimes none more so than creative people themselves. I'm sure the person who came up with the term ideation was delighted with it. But what a lot of people, and by that I mean the idea-toting non-creative wing of adland, may struggle with (only because it takes... Continue Reading →
Is Pharmaland a one way ticket?
I recently had a phone conversation with a Creative guy who was uncertain about a move to a CD role in Pharmaland. He had some legitimate concerns. Would he be forever labelled as a 'pharma-creative' with all the mediocrity that that would imply. Could he ever get back in to consumerland after having the 'Pharma... Continue Reading →
The 50+ guide to surviving advertising.(extended edition)
It hit me a couple of years ago many of my friends and ex-work colleagues started to turn fifty. I was at one such one event, standing outside a pub in Berwick street, and I realised everyone was of a certain vintage, all still talented, all still enthusiastically talking about the work they were doing,... Continue Reading →