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M.AD changed my life."
There’s nothing like this on Earth. At the end of your time, you’ll experience Portfolio Review—the ultimate career matchmaking opportunity. Students go through 10 interviews a day, meeting creative leaders and forging personal connections. Some get offers right away.
A friend of mine from Portfolio Center named Scott Stripling, told me about the shop. The day before they offered him a job, he got a job offer at the Martin Agency and took it. So Alex Bogusky asked Scott if he knew anybody else and he suggested me. I went down and freelanced for the weekend and didn’t get the job. Two years later I went back and got hired after sending Alex a photo of me in a Robin from Batman costume, holding a bottle of tequila with the words, “whatever it takes.”
I saw a brand planner job opening at one of my favorite agencies but wasn’t going to apply because it required 3-5 years of experience. It was for an agency I really admired, VMLY&R, who was (and is) doing some really great work across the board. I talked to a few of my teachers from the course and Stephanie Grendzinski, who oversees the Bootcamp in Atlanta, and they all advised to just go for it…I got the job!
Be a rebel. Be a risk taker. You want to make ideas that change the world. Be the first to make something provocative. Don’t worry about being perfect—because perfect is boring.
Before Miami Ad School, I was pretty much without a plan. I had just graduated with an English degree and my new father-in-law was wondering what I was going to do with it. I liked design, but didn’t know much about it. I liked reading books and watching movies. But other than that, I had no idea what I wanted to do.
I really wanted to be a creative writer and I was writing sketch comedy in college and then I found out there was a job that lets you write sketch comedy and then film it
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