For 9 years we’ve been ranting about why advertising is a piece of shit... and the fact is that there are some great things in advertising we overlook or simply don’t focus on because there’s so much to deal with.
So yeah, for 9 years we’ve preached the contrary... though I insist, advertising doesn’t suck.
I’ve met some of the most important people in my life thanks to advertising. You come into contact with interesting people, you learn a lot of a lot of industries, there’s never a dull moment, you learn to deal with a myriad of human tempers. In essence, it’s a whole life you can experience in a couple of years... it isn’t always pleasant but it is interesting.
So here’s to advertising. There’s a chance I return to the fray soon and all I can say is that as long as there’s a challenge, there’s a reason to be thankful. Some things might be stupid, some people may be full of shit... still... there’s shit to do and you can have fun doing it.
Having worked elsewhere and in other industries, I miss the camaraderie, the kinship and the bonds you form in advertising. When you find a special group of people, you are well aware that you could take them into combat and that you’d all make it. I had that happen twice and I will never forget knowing I have people who had my back.
The work in theory is fascinating and has some days that are borderline awesome. So here’s to those moments. Sure there are other sucky ones, still... the good outweighs the bad and if you can overcome the challenges, which there are many... advertising can even be gratifying.
For me, I met Me, Restrictions Apply and Travis Fkr through advertising... just that is reason enough to be thankful for my stints in advertising. Through the test of time, I’ve been able to realize what true friends feel like and I was invited 9 years ago to partake in this lambasting of an industry.
The fact remains, there are some very shitty facts about advertising... but if the long nights, the frustrations, the physical exhaustions and conditions I developed are the price to pay for friends like my WAS brethren, so fucking be it.
Cheers friends. One more post to go.