As I continue through my career, I notice that, from time to time, I’ll reflect back on my first year.
I was Portland’s worst DJ, a struggling writer and learning the right way to create the best radio possible. There were days that were incredibly tough and I wasn’t entirely sure that I would be able to get myself over the hump in to the next phase of my career.
Graduste school seemed a plausable next step in those confusing days.
But, I was fortunate to have an amazing mentor who was patient and kind. He knew that I had to fumble my way around to get in to the right groove. He knew that there was something there worth working on — and for that I am incredibly grateful. The end result was a pretty darn good run in radio that included countless happy clients, a few awards and a feeling of accomplishment that wouldn’t have been possible without that adversity.
Sadly, he was taken from us too soon from cancer — but the things he taught me still ring true to this day. The first thing he taught me was, “always care about what you put on the air.” Those words applied to audio but they very well could apply to just about anything and everything I do today.
The fact is, there are plenty of successful people in our industry who had similar experiences in their first year.
The first year helps shape our perspective and our view of the world.
The first year may have been easy — or it may very well have been challenging.
It could have included long hours and days where we weren’t entirely sure that the path we were on was the right one.
And, it’s good to share these stories.
So, here’s my challenge to you who have been in the business for awhile: I want you to share your experiences in your first year.
I want you to tell us what you were doing, what you learned and how those days helped build the foundation for where you are today.
Be honest. Let it all hang out.
Chances are, we all shared some common threads.
My goal is to collect these stories and curate them before and during Advertising Week 8.
You may write about your experiences or we can do an audio interview — your choice.
It doesn’t matter what part of the business you’re in or what level you are in your career – though I would really like to hear from industry leaders, executives and those who have been in the business for five or more years.
So far, we’re heard from Rick Boyko, Ann Handley and Dan Goldgeier about their first year in the business — and it is already quite eye-opening.
Consider this fair warning that you’ll be hearing from me. However, if you’d like to beat me to the punch, go ahead and email me.
This is an important, fun project and thank you in advance for your particpation.