Friday, October 10, 2008

Friday Poll


The most popular answer to the question "What would you do if you weren't doing advertising?" was 'Other'.

I guess this includes some of the answers we had in the comments, which ranged from 'chef' to 'midwife' to 'Han Solo'.

I'm pretty sure the Copywriters among you were the ones picking Journalist as an alternative career, with the Art Directors leaning towards Illustration or Photography.

But who would have guessed that 'The Armed Forces' would be the 5th most popular choice? My explanation is there's a lot of frustration in our job, so the idea of being allowed to legally kill someone can seem quite attractive.

This week's poll is about how much you care. It's often said that advertising doesn't 'matter' - so maybe it's foolish to actually care about it. Then again, maybe the foolish person is the one who spends 50 hours a week doing something they don't care about. Vote now, in the right hand column of this blog, and I'd love to know your views, in the comments.

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12 comments:

rhayter said...

If my A-levels had turned out differently (and I hadn't been half blind) I would have joined the Navy instead of going to art school. A lucky escape. For the Navy.

Anonymous said...

If I hadn't looked about 7 when I was 16, I would have ended up in the RAF. And I failed all the co-ordination tests.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what John Hegerty would have done.....?

Anonymous said...

Navy? Really? seems like it's a natural call to lick boots and swipe asses then. No offense meant.

Ben said...

I always wanted to be a pimp. A nice pimp with a dental plan and a pension scheme and a chance for my bitches to develop into MILFS and GILFS.

I'd dress like my pimp name: Monsignor Mack-Daddy Gazillion the Third and prowl the streets in a diamond-studded Cadillac Eldorado with ivory white walls.

In fact, that sounds really fucking fun. I think I'll resign on Monday.

Anonymous said...

wank alot

George said...

Why would anyone do a job that they don't care about? That makes no sense to me.

Gill Sans said...

I find going to the golf driving range in the evening is a great way of dealing with the stress. I don't need to join the army.

If you think that each ball is someone you hate, crap planner, arsehole account man, cock of a client, smack the shit out of them. Send em in out onto the green to be smacked by someone else late on.

Its's very basic therapy. But it works. It feels good. No one gets hurt. And the best thing is, when you next see them, you know you have smaked em in the face with a titanium driver. And they dont even know it.

Anca Radu said...

Since these days the world is led by a handful of brilliant people that do their job flawlessly, I honestly don't think there might still be a vertical reason behind choosing a job that simply does your hair differently but doesn't entertain you and doesn't translate effort into passion -- as dusty as it might sound.

rhayter said...

Anon 5:05 – I was up for a commission in the Navy, so as an officer I would have my boots licked etc. Phew. And I'm glad I didn't join up. Going to art college made me realise where my skills lie...

Anonymous said...

It's an interesting question you're asking here Scamp, but I don't think it's as cut and dry as 'caring' or 'not caring' about advertising.

I'm a copywriter who's not really interested in watching adverts on TV, reading campaign, seeing who's won what at the awards. Apart from yours, most ad bogs bore the hell out of me. I don't want to study advertising, and I'm not even that interested in climbing the ladder or getting to a better agency anytime soon.

But I love having ideas all day. I love art and wrting. I like my office and the people and the briefs. I like coming up with solutions that make both myself and the client happy.

Anca Radu said...

you somehow sound like a literature writer (maybe in denial) -- writers come up with solutions, too; it's just that they work on their own "briefs", which makes them even more creative. Other than that, the fact that you love your work as a copywriter already shows you do care about advertising, specifically about the slice of advertising you're responsible for.