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[27 Jun 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Sick of Myself

I haven’t been blogging much lately because I’m sick of myself. If you’ve read a few of my posts you know it’s all the same shit. I pretend to be smarter than everyone else with some stupid lesson and I usually throw in a pop culture reference to get more random search traffic on my site. If I’m sick of it, there’s a good chance the readers are too.
I’m kind of sick of everyone else’s blog. I’m unsubscribing myself from them all. Even though they’re all good. I’ve been following Seth …

Technology/Digital/Web »

[22 Jun 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Do people just not ‘get’ Facebook?

Every so often I hear someone criticize Facebook as a place where people waste time and check out drunk photos of strangers.
Well, sure, it can be that.
But it can also be a lot more. It’s all in what you make of it. Kind of like life.
Life can be a frivolous pursuit, filled with drunken nights and lazy days. And that’s okay, if that’s all you’re looking for.
But life can also be a dynamic, rich experience, where you interact with interesting people and build great relationships.
For some reason, many people don’t …

Art »

[17 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Art-ish

I’ve been thinking about a quote that I read 15 years ago, when I first got into the business. Someone asked a then-successful Creative Director how he knew something was “good.”
Seems like an obvious question. Whenever we share something we’ve created, it’s a question we ask ourselves. Of course, the common answer is, “I know it, when I see it.” But that doesn’t really help. For some, something is “good” if it makes the little voice in their head say “yes!”. Of course, there are some who don’t have a …

Products; Brands, Work »

[8 Jun 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
What’s your favorite advertising guilty pleasure?

Head on, apply directly to the forehead! Flo, the Progressive chick. Those nutty Metro PCS guys. Those crazy iO Digital Cable ads (watch a lot of channels, whenever you’re able). Pretty much every ad Swiffer has ever put on air.
You’ve seen these spots. You’ve probably hated most of them.
But there’s a good chance you like at least one. Someone’s liking ‘em, or else they wouldn’t still be running.
So fess up. What’s your favorite?
Me? I have to say I’m kind of a “Flo” fan. I know she’s a total dork and …

Miscellany »

[8 Jun 2011 | One Comment | ]
Your Career is a Role Playing Game

Not that you have to play a role every time in your agency, even knowing that there are some guys in this market that actually play to be someone they are not for their whole life.
But that’s not the subject of the article today.
What I am trying to say here is: nobody is good at everything.
Curiously, we are frequently questioned – and we question other people frequently – exactly about our/their weaknesses. Your boss and colleagues do this with you, you do it with them. People only see the flaws.
That’s …

Finding a Job, or Vice Versa »

[3 Jun 2011 | One Comment | ]
You Don’t Need an Army

I can’t tell you how many portfolios I’ve received from creatives who say, I’m at a bad agency. They don’t get me here. They don’t want to do great work like I do. They’re all about politics/money/boring clients/the suits run the place/insert excuse or self-delusion here.
I certainly can relate to the instinct. After all, all I wanted ten years ago was to get to “a great place” where they knew what great work was. And to me, that meant ten entries in that year’s One Show annual.
Having now worked at …

Finding a Job, or Vice Versa »

[1 Jun 2011 | One Comment | ]
Has the portfolio become obsolete?

Is a collection of pictures and videos really the best way to sell yourself?
Some people are quite good at putting together a killer portfolio. They spend hours upon hours perfecting it until it tells a seemingly perfect story about themselves.
But is it perfect, really?
I don’t think so. Because so many of these perfect portfolio creators turn out to be not so perfect employees.
How can that be?
Simple, really. The job we are asked to do each day does not even remotely resemble the act of putting together a portfolio. Perhaps there …

Miscellany »

[31 May 2011 | One Comment | ]
Perfect Pitch

So, you’re at a bar, chatting with friends, enjoying a break. A man comes up to you. He looks very expensive, and serious. His suit is glossy, and perfectly cut. He speaks in rich, soothing tones, like a father whose approval you had always strived for, but could never achieve.
“Introducing Rich Goldrich. Rich Goldrich is rich and handsome. Date Rich Goldrich and your life will be surrounded with plastic that looks like rich mahogany, and sumptuous leather details. Rich Goldrich is rich and handsome. Visit www.RichGoldrich.com.”
You are not stunned. This …