Thursday, October 09, 2008

Life After Advertising

Our New Business Director is leaving to become an acupuncturist.

He's a young guy, very highly-regarded... I guess he just wants to do something else.

It's always been a bit of a mystery to me what people do 'after' advertising.

I know a few former adfolk stop by here from time to time... would love to hear from you - I want to get the perspectives of some people who have left advertising to include in the final chapter of my book.

What are you doing now? Do you miss it? Or in retrospect does it all seem a bit silly? Please do leave a comment, or send an e-mail to simon dot veksner at bbh dot co dot uk.

45 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your new business director.

What a prick.

Anonymous said...

I bet the people who've left advertising aren't reading your blog scamp

Scamp said...

Well, I know a couple who do read it, Campaign too. Whether that's out of curiosity or nostalgia, I'm not sure.

troy said...

I know you asked in the present tense, but I'd like to respond to your blog in the future tense - I'd run a Chalet and Ski everyday.

Anonymous said...

i spent 4 years working as a copywriter, but not anymore. my undoing was going digital, when suddenly i understood there are other ways to sell good stuff besides advertising BS. now i'm translating books, freelancing (including lectures on creating ads), and making my own e-commerce project which i will never advertise on TV (i'm quite sure of that). also i still cringe at bad ads thinking "this could have been written by me".

Anonymous said...

re anon @ 12.03

I've been reading this blog for a while now.

Although I didn't leave the Industry of my own choosing!

Anonymous said...

Not thinking of quitting are you Scamp?

Scamp said...

No, it's for my book. Final chapter is 'life after advertising'.

G cups said...

Everyone thinks about quitting and not having to take it from "the man" anymore. Doing something about it. There's the rub.

Anonymous said...

That David Puttnam seems to have done alright for a former account man.

4am said...

what a brilliant idea for a final chapter. where DO you get your ideas from?

Anonymous said...

Some bloke who used to be an account man at BBH was in Corrie for a while.

Anonymous said...

The ultimate Corrie threesome:
Carla and Rosie Webster (Maria can watch and line up the powder).

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Anonymous said...

Hey Scamp, reading that you were working on screenplays I was wondering how you were getting on with that? I think copywriters are pretty well suited to going down that road, from the skills I've learned anyway. Not that the film industry in this country is well suited to making anything good.

Well, you did want to talk about life after advertising... That's certainly where I hope I end up. Not that that industry isn't full of the smarmy untalented too.

Anonymous said...

I went to work in direct. It looks and smells like advertising but without the commercial shoots. It's really dull. the worst work always wins. If this doesn't pan out I am truly fucked.

Anonymous said...

Twenty years ago half of Wales was populated by ex-admen raising pigs,guineafowl and sheep. Blue Leicesters,mainly........

Scamp said...

My screenplays? Ah. Let's just say they are 'still available'.

Anonymous said...

Acupuncturist?

More snake oil than the advertising industry. And, of course, proven to be no more effective than placebo. Whatever the mumbo-jumbo, happy-clappy hippies would have you believe.

So is he a moron who believes it or just an exploitative cynic?

Anonymous said...

I know of an excellent CD that quit to run an artsy magazine. He still does freelance on the side, but what really got his mind going was the that new prospect. Advertising burns you out good if you sink yourself in it for too long.

Some folks decide to do completely different things afterwards, like acupuncture. People that are more involved in the creative department, usually end up doing something highbrow or artsy. This not meant to be a maxim, is just a general observation.

Bentos said...

As a tangent a lot of the people I meet in Digital are ex-Music Industry

Anonymous said...

I've started a second career without actually leaving this one. Writing poems is like writing ads with no planners, suits, clients or probably even punters. Plug: my book's The Brand New Dark (Salt publishing) published end Oct, extracts on Salt's site. Good luck with your book Mr. Scamp.

Anonymous said...

Mr Mark Waldron, I like your poems.

Anonymous said...

re 5.17

thanks

Anonymous said...

Mr Mark Waldron. I also like your poems. But you look tired. I'm worried that having two jobs is getting you down. Do you eat well? Regular exercise?

Radovan Gre┼żo said...

I answered the polls couple days ago with "finance", because that's my original training, but when I'm thining of leaving the industry these days, I dream of being a computer games designer.

my childhood dreams and the CW skills might come a bit handy.

Anonymous said...

rehab!

Anonymous said...

I left advertising 3 months ago.
I have never been happier.

Im doing different arty projects and teaching young creatives how to do tv.

There's a whole life out there!
I never knew.

I do miss the shoots and free stuff though.

Anonymous said...

tried to buy your book, mark, but it says its not available. have you sold out or something?

Anonymous said...

Hello 10.19.

Really pleased you want to get hold of the book. It's not out for another week or two but I think you can pre-order it on amazon?

Anonymous said...

What's your book, Scamp? The collected swear words of junior creatives? I note you've been keeping the best ones to yourself by deleting the choicest contributions.

Anonymous said...

Ask David Furnish.

Packard Built merlin said...

Oi Iceland (the country)! Give me my bloody money back you Icelandic bastards.

Anonymous said...

I will have my own dog-training-school (honestly).

not quite different from advertising. pissing and shitting all over the place, but with a big difference: it's an outdoor job and if you really do your job properly you get respect ;-)

once again: I'm not joking. that's what I'll do.

Anonymous said...

i might leave my job to go and work in spearmint rhino.
there would be less tits and i'd probably get paid better.

Anonymous said...

There is nothing outside advertising. Nothing. Get back to work.

Anonymous said...

BBC - that's outside of advertising.

Anonymous said...

Richard Reed ex-acct guy at DDB set up Innocent. Dave Hiatt ex-copywriter at S&S and AMV set up Howies.Smart blokes. And nice too. Talk to them Scamp.

M.M. McDermott said...

I suppose I've run the flake gamut. I left advertising in '02 to become a public school teacher in Baltimore. Burned out there. Then came back to advertising in '06.

Never again. They're going to have to pull my cold dead corpse from the agency to get me leave again.

William Deed said...

I never even made it into Advertising but still read your blog all the same.

Not sure why.

Maybe it's for the comment sections when everyone calls each other pricks. I like that bit a lot.

Kevin Amter said...

I believe the answer is quite simple. Open a Pub. You may want to watch MadMen for another idea though.

Anonymous said...

I started life in adland as a digital designer and somehow squeezed my way up to CD - already over it though and now I'd like to do stand up comedy or make a sitcom - haven't got a clue how to go about the latter though and I think I'm only funny when I'm angry which I only seem to get from adland so it's a bit of a catch 22.

Anonymous said...

My copywriter went on to become a successful fashion designer here in the Philippines. She was an award-winning writer who just got sick and tired of being sick and tired.

matt said...

I have worked as a digital designer then copywriter for a few years. I'm still very much in and getting into my late 30s ...so what's my next move, well I reckon either continue my road into digital and god knows where that goes. Then there's writing kids books (and illustrating them). Then there's truck driver, closely followed by painting pictures of stupid stuff and trying to get people to buy it for their kids. kthanksbye

Anonymous said...

have worked as a producer for over 20 years and loved it although i've seen the stress kill friends, and its resulted in 5 breakdowns for me..so now I reflect on what could be next because there has to be that...but how after everyday has been so varied and challenging and creative do you leave and feel good about the rest of your life which truthfully just might not be as interesting without the huge distraction of this ad life. Spa. Bed and Breakfast...all sounds nice but it will never bring that excitement back...obviously you can see i'm conflicted and i fucking hate digital production...