As a native Midwesterner, it is my duty to loudly scoff whenever Seattle gets anything close to “inclement weather”. Of course, Seattle doesn’t have the infrastructure to handle snow the way, say, Minneapolis does, nor is Minneapolis as hilly as Seattle. But when you’re used to dealing with 18 inch snowfalls in Minnesota, the only bright side is teasing your horribly prepared friends about it.
With that said, our class was cancelled last week. I would have been more than happy to head downtown for it, but considering traffic, I would have had to leave Bothell at noon to make my 6:30 class.
The class cancellation gave me time, however, to really dig into my homework assignment from last week. Last week, we talked about TV, and looked at some classic Mariners spots. Our assignment this week was to create an outdoor and TV campaign for local health club The Epicenter. And this time, we were going to be working with a partner. The poor unlucky soul tasked to dealing with me for the last week was Amanda, who was also my partner for an in-class assignment the week before.
Working with a partner has been a good experience. Amanda and I work well together, and she’s been immensely patient with my need to juggle class around with my work schedule. More importantly, we’ve been able to bounce ideas off each other, and make out ideas better. I can say in no uncertain terms that her input has made my idea for an outdoor campaign better that it was originally. Since she’s the writer, I let her take the lead on the TV spot, and she’s really run with it. I think we’re going to have a solid campaign on our hands.
Of course, I’m going to miss it. I’m typing this from my father’s opulent man cave in Atlanta, a result of a fortunate last minute cheap flight the wife found online. We’re going to be here until Thursday, so I’m going to, sadly, miss the class. But it won’t be for naught. Tomorrow, I’m going to visit The Creative Circus, one of the nation’s top ad portfolio schools. Honestly, I wish I had know about the Circus when I was living here; I’d have gone years ago.
Don’t worry, I’m not planning on moving back here. But the opportunity to take a tour of the campus, and maybe get someone to look at my fledgling portfolio was too much to pass up. Plus, I might get to meet Dan Balser, Advertising Department Head at Creative Circus, and host of the outstanding podcast Don’t Get Me Started. The feed back from such an esteemed school can only help the development of my portfolio, even if I have to develop it largely on my own. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.