I know what you’re thinking: where the hell has Dear Brook been all this time?
Well, I’ve been busy which I’m sure you understand. I’m no longer a Junior in advertising, I am now a Senior in advertising (yay). Being a Senior means more responsibilities, more people to deal with and busy as fuck. So this year was big for me. Huge. A lot has happened but before we wrap up this crazy year, I wanted to share with you the most valuable lesson I learned. Ironically, that lesson is to UNLEARN.
As Juniors, you spend most of your time absorbing a lot information, learning from your peers, getting better at presenting, concepting, writing, designing and following your superiors direction. It’s an amazing time to be a sponge and get excited about anything and everything that’s thrown at you. Oh the joy of being a Junior. But, once you start feeling comfortable with this advertising thing, make sure you use your brain and your common sense to make educated decisions and not just follow blindly. The future of this industry depends on YOU.
The ability to recognize what’s right and wrong for YOU as a creative is extremely important. You need to start building yourself as the creative you want to become and not let other people define that for you. Let me explain.
As creatives, your biggest job is to have a POV. Your POV is everything. Sometimes, you come across great people and mentors who want to see you grow and encourage and embrace your POV as a creative. There are other times, where you work with insecure people who think it’s their way or the highway—unfortunately, this is very common.
You will come across HUGE egos in advertising.
You will come across people who could care less about advertising and they’re just there for the “status” of being in advertising.
You will come across people who treat others like shit, because they think they’re better than you. (LOL)
You will come across sexism.
You will come across racism.
You will come across bad and good bosses.
You will come across people who think a job is more important than anything in the world—including health and family.
You will come across people who make no common sense.
You will come across people who will take advantage of you and your talent, and will always keep asking for more for not much in return.
To that, I say hang in there and UNLEARN.
Unlearning is the ability to recognize a bad behavior and then learn to NOT do it in the future. So if you ever feel stuck and helpless, always remember that in advertising, there’s always something to UNLEARN.
So get out there. Say NO when you need to. Challenge the status quo. Be the creative you dream to be and not what they tell you to be.
And whenever you come across something that make stop and think “WTF”, you can always UNLEARN it. If anything, that will only make you a better creative, and when you become a CD, your team will love you for it. Remember that.
Cheers to you and Happy Holidays! Here’s to another year of learning and UNlearning.