An Insider’s Story – Art & Creative Director  -  Advertising

What is your job?
Art Director and Creative Director in the Advertising Industry. Creating campaigns for major US and UK companies, writing, art directing and heading Creative departments. Hiring and training relevant personnel.

How did you get into it?
Left school at 14, scholarship to art school aged 15, after graduation secured first job in an Advertising Agency, writing to some 40 – 50 companies. Eight interviews.

What do you enjoy about it?
The variety, the everyday challenges, the fun you could have at the expense of other peoples money.  The satisfaction when something you’ve created actually works!

What do you wish you had known before you entered your industry?
It took me a long time to earn a reasonable salary in a rich industry. It is often luck and talent and hard work. You need patience to stick it out and self belief that you can learn to be better.

Top tips for someone wanting to start out in your sector
If you work for a bum company, get out ASAP even if they pay you well. You get work and jobs by going and continuing to go for high standards. Remember to take the advice from people above you with experience.

Mad Men – Photo credit David Ericsson