What’s in my Office Thursday: Meet CPS alum Molly Ryan, Junior Art Director at Leo Burnett.
Check out her advice below:
Believe in your work!
Don’t let a difficult partner keep you from making something great. Just because they aren’t interested in a campaign doesn’t mean you can’t make it into something awesome. It’s important to work to help your partners, but you shouldn’t put something in your book you don’t believe in. That being said, if you don’t want something in your book, you should still help your partner out if they are depending on it.
Don’t be a jerk, Karma is a B!tch
You aren’t going to be the smartest person in every group you work in. If you think you are, then you’re probably being a jerk. Be nice and people will want to help you. If you can’t get help don’t whine about it, write your own copy or design your own layouts.
Find a mentor
I was lucky enough to have Jimmy Zimmerman (AD at DDB Chicago) as my Cohort. Being a creative, it is easy to get lost in everyone’s suggestions for your campaigns. Find someone you trust to really tell you how it is and help you bring your campaigns to their fullest. Also, this is a great person to talk to when you start getting offers. (Thanks Jimmy!)
When it rains, it pours
Don’t get hung up on others around you getting offers. Just because someone gets a fancy internship and you don’t, doesn’t mean you suck or they are better than you. For every Creative Director that likes your work, there will be five that think you aren’t right for the gig. Don’t give up, because inevitably, when one opportunity arises more will follow.
Take a look at Molly’s beautiful book: http://www.mollyryanad.com