Pitch me your story
November 6, 2011 6:01 PM Subscribe
If you work in advertising (especially digital advertising), how did you wind up in this industry, and specifically in your current position? Was this your intended profession, or was your professional path more circuitous?
posted by Lieber Frau to Work & Money (14 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I'm looking for professional biographies of people who work in advertising—I'm focusing on digital advertising/marketing, but interested in traditional advertising, too. I'll be sharing these stories with undergraduate students who are interested in the advertising industry.
What I have found is that many people who wind up working in advertising enter the industry through "non-traditional" paths. For instance, print journalists who applied their writing skills to ad copy, or comic book artists who found they had a knack for commercial art direction. I'd like to share a few of these stories to hammer home the concept that sometimes our careers take us in surprising directions. That said, I would love to hear from folks with more traditional advertising backgrounds, too (degree in communications>internship>job).
If you do share, please include a description of your job, what you studied in college, any internships, and anything you can think of that contributed to your current vocation. Thank you!