Adgirl Becomes Adwoman Right Before VML’s Eyes

Ariel Waldman is the Digital Insights Analyst for VML in Kansas City. Unlike me, Waldman knew early on on what she wanted to do for work.

I technically started coming into the agency I’m at now (VML) after being given a tour when I was 14 because I was deadset on being a graphic designer. I would come in on my spare time after school and on days off to play around with Adobe apps on the Creative Director’s computer and be a little “cool hunter” of websites for him. At 16 I became an intern, at 17 I became a contractor, and finally at 20 I was officially hired (I’m fairly tenacious).

This personal account is naturally in response to the meme of the momennt—Five Things You Don’t Know ABout Me. By the way, Steve Hall lists his five things in Waldman’s comments because Adrants wasn’t a good fit for the material. He says, “It’s just that I have no venue with which to share my five things. Adrants is hardly a blog anymore. It just uses blog software to publish advertising news and opinion.”
I would suggest but it’s already spoken for.



About David Burn

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. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.