Will You Listen To This Guy?

Let me say up front, the person who wrote this classified ad once hired, then quickly fired, me. I don’t hate him, but I would not be doing my job here if I let this ego-fueled drivel go unremarked upon.

This is a chance to be part of a small award-winning creative staff (One Show pencils, CA, et al) headed by Minneapolis-bred, award-winning, veteran CD who has been in Denver for 7 years. Denver may be the scrappiest ad town in America, with small budgets and tight timelines and nothing but brains and talent to make up the gap. We like our clients. They’re not perfect, but they’ve not stopped us from doing great work. We like our clients’ businesses, because using marketing smarts to make a business successful fascinates us. We like to live near mountains. We like to not finger point at each other when things go badly. We don’t pretend we’re rock stars. We’re pretty normal people, and just because we’re quite good at making advertising doesn’t mean we’re going to a more special level of heaven when we die (like we’d get into heaven anyway).

[via Creative Hotlist]

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. “You must be able to generate conceptual ideas that are bigger than an ad, and possibly even bigger than an ad strategy, a la George Lois.”
    I know who George Lois is, but in the year 2006, is anybody really aspiring to be like him? Are they also looking for the next Mary Wells Lawrence?

  2. i used to live in denver and freelanced for this company when this CD was hired…..I didn’t work for him too long, but he seemed OK. but this classified ad is REALLY trying too hard. people who work in advertising in Denver do it not because of the great shops and work, but because Denver is a great place to live.

  3. Carl LaFong says:

    Morey Evans? Didn’t he play one of the writers on the old “Dick Van Dyke Show?” You know, the one who was always talkin’ smack ’bout Mel Cooley, role model for AEs everywhere?
    But I digress.
    While I can’t say I’m mad keen about the design of their website, the agency’s done some fairly nice stuff — although I don’t think their overinflated rhetoric is quite in line with reality. (Par for the course for most agencies — including the one I’m at.)
    Still, I’m tempted to apply for the position even though there’s no way they’d ever hire me — and even though their creative director bears a disturbing resemblance to one I used to work under.