Author Archives: Mark Edwards

HOT! Small Talk Big Ideas One More Time

Join us Tuesday, May 19 at 11:00 A.M. PDT, and meet John Paul Napleton from Mother New York. Working with some of the most influential brands in the industry, JP excels at connecting creatives with clients.

Update: If you missed the talk, watch the recording now.

Small Talk & Big Ideas Returns

Yes, our industry speaker series is back, albeit in work-from-home-friendly form. Join us Tuesday, April 7 at 11:00 A.M. PDT, and meet Aisha Ann Hakim, Sr. Art Director, Venables Bell + Partners. She has been named one of the top 30 most creative women in advertising, judged the One Show judge, and founded Fellow—the first woman-to-woman advertising professional community. Have your questions about starting a career in uncertain times ready and click through to the Zoom room.

Enter the 2020 Student Addy Awards Now

We’re now accepting entries for the 2019/2020 American Advertising Awards (a.k.a. Student Addy Awards). As always, the School of Advertising will be sponsoring a select number of entries. If you would like to have your work considered for submission and payment by the university, please complete the ADV Competition Entry Form by January 20, 2019. See the Greater SF Ad Club for more information and complete rules.

Clio Awards: King’s Fools

Are you working on the special Clio-Burger King brief? We need your entries by Friday, June 14. Questions? Contact Andrea or Mark.

Summer 2019 Internships at MullenLowe

Our friends at MullenLowe let us know they’re recruiting now for Summer internships. Undergrads who’ve completed ADV 346 or are taking ADV 470/475, and grads who’ve completed ADV 670 should jump on this opportunity.

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AD2SF Event: Make Opportunity Equal

AD2SF invites you to join speakers from Tesla, LinkedIn, Periscope Data & Neo on Thursday, September 20. The panel will focus on how individuals can impact and grow diversity and inclusion initiatives in their organizations. They’ll explore the perceptions people have versus the reality of diversity in the tech industry today and, more importantly, how others have already made an impact in their organizations.

The evening filled with food, drinks, and inspiring stories directly benefits local nonprofit, Hack the Hood, which has developed an innovative model for introducing low-income youth of color to careers in the tech industry. As an Academy of Art student, you can get $5 off individual tickets with STUDENTDISCOUNT promotional code.

Win a $10,000 scholarship and a trip to Cannes Festival

Here’s a great contest that’s open right now. Ad Age magazine is partnering with Kia Motors on an exciting contest that is free to enter for any student. You are asked to create a print advertisement for Kia. All finalists will have their work featured in Ad Age and compete for the grand prize of a trip to the Cannes Festival and $10,000 toward tuition. Download the creative brief and brand assets from the contest site then start brainstorming. But hurry. The deadline is September 30.

Make a 360 around 180 — Welcome Back Open House Thursday

ADV and WNM have teamed up to make the 180 NM 5th floor better for all students. Drop by on the first day of Fall and see what’s new.

Lounges. Gallery. Collaborative Spaces. Photo Studio. Color Printer.

Start/end in room 510 with free coffee and snacks, while they last.

ADV + WNM Welcome Back Open House
Thursday, September 6
10:30 to 12:30


Summer Copywriter Internships

Attention all copywriting students in SF this summer. We’ve heard from several big agencies (names you definitely will know) that have yet to fill their copy internship slots. If your book is semi-together and you have full-time availability between now and the Fall start, contact Mark Edwards.

Seriously, what are you waiting for? Click that mail link now.

24 Hours in NY and a Major Ad Award

BFA student Ian Blackley won the $1,500 Student Produced award in the Radio Mercury Awards last week. He made a whirlwind trip to New York and, well, let’s have him take over.

Last Thursday, May 31st, I went to New York City for 24 hours. I had two things planned: a meeting with AAU ADV alum Fabian Grateroles, an Art Director/Designer at Droga5, and the Radio Mercury Awards, where I was a finalist for the Student Produced category with my Tropicana spot I made in ADV 215 Short Copy for Campaigns.

My meeting with Fabian at Droga5 was great. He showed me around a few floors of the office (only 2.5 out of the 7 or so total). We talked for about an hour, and he gave me some insights and useful tips for when it came time to start looking for a job. He

said (paraphrasing) challenge yourself with what may be boring clients or mediums, don’t always create spec work for the cool brands, sometimes you’ll be working on the not-so-glamorous brands or even B2B clients.

Right after Droga5, I hoped on the train to The Cutting Room where the Radio Mercury Awards were being held. The Student Produced category I was nominated for had six other finalists. I checked in and got a finalist package that had my lanyard and a frameable piece of paper saying I was a finalist. I was interviewed and asked “What does radio mean to you?” and I responded with something like “Unlimited possibilities. It’s probably the most creative medium in advertising.” I could have said something different, I was running on no sleep for two days, and just two slices of cheese pizza. Servers were handing out hors-d’oeuvres and there was an open bar. I got a few ginger beers—on the rocks.

Then the show started. The Chief Judge, Sean Bryan, opened the show and announced the Student Produced winner. He gave a brief introduction and said how last year’s winner is now working at Wieden + Kennedy PDX. (I actually reached out to her prior, and asked what the show was like and what to expect.) Then the lights went dim and they played the winning audio. My heart rate was accelerating, my empty stomach was turning, and my already sweaty armpits were getting sweatier. In the darkness, the sweet sound of Jason Stephens, doing a solid Jeff Goldblum impression, emerged from the sound system, “Hi, hello, hi. I, I am a mouth…” I started laughing in disbelief and made my way near the stage, ready to go up.

Once the spot ended I went on stage to give an acceptance speech, something I’d never done before. I was full of a bunch of emotions, winning a national award while still in school was something I never really thought was possible. I didn’t write a speech so I stammered a bit but my main message was something like, “A few years ago I dropped out of college, unsure what I wanted to do with my life. Then a friend who was getting a Masters in advertising pitched me on what it was. Soon after I enrolled. I guess I made the right choice.” I then get pulled aside for a quick photo-op and get escorted to get interviewed in front of a camera. They asked me a few questions and I gave them a few answers. I don’t remember what was asked or said. I was having an out-of-body experience. I went back to my seat and enjoyed the rest of the show.

At the end of the whole event, I went and talked to a few of the other winners. A lot of people came and congratulated me, and told me that they loved my spot, which is always nice to hear. I talked to the President and CEO of the Radio Advertising Bureau, Erica Farber, and she told me she really liked what I said onstage about dropping out then finding advertising. I then headed to Katz’s Deli to enjoy a celebratory pastrami sandwich.

Fast-forward to the airport. I was carrying the trophy in a box not wanting it to break, being that it’s mostly a glass bulb. It immediately gets pulled aside, rightfully so. I mean, the trophy does look like it could be a bomb (see nearby picture). Had a good laugh with TSA about it as he wiped it down for bomb juice. On the plane back, I passed out and woke up with a slobber-soaked shirt, and even stinkier armpits than before.

I guess the moral of the story is, don’t doubt yourself, or your work. Believe in it, submit it, and let it speak for itself. The assignment for ADV 215 was to just write a script. I took that as an opportunity to go bigger. I searched for voice actors, talked with them, then worked out a deal and ended up making a national award-winning piece, all because I didn’t want to do the bare minimum in class.

Hope this inspires you to do more. I don’t think advertising is for those who just squeak by, it’s for those who stand out.

Ian Blackley