Hustle. It’s not a word often associated with millennials. But it’s how I became Associate Creative Director at Jackson Marketing. And it’s how my freelance business continues to grow.
My career started with a phone call that never came. Full-time positions weren’t easy to come by after college graduation. Nothing but internships that wouldn’t pay. But I love an underdog, (I grew up near Philly and I’ve watched Rocky at least 12,000 times), so I hustled.
This meant late-night freelancing, contract work that I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemies, and selling myself to agencies while living off peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
My contract work got my foot into the doors of advertising agencies. And I loved it. I worked on a lot of small projects, sure, and I did a lot of grunt work, yes, but I was able to sit in on some brainstorming sessions, learn some HTML/CSS and learn how to present my ideas. I was fortunate enough to learn under an accomplished creative director who had been in the big shops and pushed the big idea over making things simply look pretty.
This was huge. The idea is king.
Once in the agency world full-time, I gained experience concepting and art directing for big brands. I did ads. Outdoor boards. Trailer wraps. Posters. Websites. Apps. Everything.
After work each weeknight (and many weekends), I could have come home, propped my feet up and watched reruns of The Big Bang Theory. Nope. Instead, I worked on freelance. It’s a passion. The perfect way for me to wind down after a hard day concepting and designing is to come home and concept, sketch and work on logos. It’s what I do.
If you’re interested in meeting me after work to play Xbox for three hours, you’ve got the wrong guy.
If you’re interested in doing great work and have a freelance inquiry, please contact me.
10 years agency experience
Various clients include: Michelin, BMW, The Harlem Globetrotters, BF Goodrich, Trijicon, BNSF Railway, The Big League World Series, Porsche Club of America and Wiley X Sunglasses.
5 years management experience of creatives,
art directors, UX & interactive designers
Obie Awards - Best of Show & Multiple Awards
Showcase on ADWEEK
Print Magazine Design Annual
Ad Age’s Creativity Online
Addy Awards - Golds, Regional Gold
& Judge's Awards
Graphis - Gold
LogoLounge video & multiple book features