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Big Orange Slide

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The Slide asks: Why did YOU get into advertising?

May 2, 2012 by Big Orange Slide

Illustration by Jill Brown

There are some questions that are so pressing – so fundamentally burning – they can no longer be ignored. In this, the Big Orange Slide’s latest series, we ask Grippers of all stripes to weigh in on one such question.

Share your own response in the comments section. It’ll be like our own personal round of “the more we get together” — but for advertising.

This week we ask: “Why did YOU get into advertising?”

“…It was either this or Marine Biology.”
- Bob Shanks, Managing Partner


“I needed a career that didn’t require me to wear a suit.  It’s true.”
- Randy Stein, Partner, Creative


“The founder of my university newspaper read a column I wrote and, while drunk, told me ‘You should go into advertising.’ I was drunk, and I dismissed him at the time. But 3 years later I (still drunk) decided maybe he was on to something.”
- Warren Haas, Copywriter


“It was the big time. It was exciting. It was fresh. It was a heck of a lot better than working at the local desktop publisher, getting drunk down at the pool hall with the locals, and living in my parent’s basement for the rest of my life.”
- AJ Quinlan, Print Producer


“I love sociology and human behaviour but realized I didn’t want to be a social worker. I deeply admire and respect creativity but realized I myself am not ‘an artist’. I’ve always been a very responsible, logical thinker who has a pretty good business sense…
So I guess when you merge all those things together you get an advertising account person :)”
- Michelle Czyzewski, Director, Business


“Bewitched! I watched reruns of Bewitched as a kid during the summers. After seeing how Darrin Stephens worked on ad ideas and how to influence people I knew I wanted to be part of it.”
- Steven Hudak, PHP Developer


“I get paid to be on Facebook. It’s not as glorious as it sounds. Okay, it is.”
- Patrick Tomasso, Community Engagement Manager


“Lots of different skills sets coming together into a creative fun force.”
- Lana Pawziuk, Manager, Business (Interactive)


“Completely by accident. My job on the client side was moving from Toronto to Montreal. I didn’t want to move, so my agency hired me. That was 11 years ago and I have loved it ever since.”
- Grace Debrabandere, Associate Partner, Business


4 Comments on "The Slide asks: Why did YOU get into advertising?"

  • Atekka Iqbal
    May 3, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

    It’s the perfect combination of everything that I’m interested in – psychology, design, creative writing, digital technology, business.

    *Hi5* Advertising!

  • Ken Easson
    May 7, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    WHAT? i’m in advertising? NO NO NO NO, they told me this was digital media, like, like, um, like a hard drive, only maybe not so much storage – and better cache.

  • Kyle
    May 9, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

    There isn’t a better industry out there that allows me to utilize all of my skills and passions.

  • Eugene Volper
    September 11, 2012 @ 7:50 am

    Because advertising is a modern art which is way more paid

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