Sally Hogshead (@SallyHogshead) is an author, speaker, and entrepreneur. Following a career in advertising, she evolved her career and reoriented toward building significance for other professionals and creatives.
In this conversation, Sally discusses the phases of her career (so far), shares some of what she learned on the ground with advertising heroes, and remarks on the challenges of writing long-form books as a person who naturally bends toward the quick win.
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- Sally and Prescott have worked together on a varied of projects since 2011
- Prescott discovered Radical Careering during his first job, which wasn’t a very good job.
- When Sally found advertising, it was “love at first sight”
- Portfolio Center and their Copywriting course
- Sally’s first career phase was not being awarded or recognised as a student, but discovering that’s hardly the entire game
“The most interesting creative ideas aren’t going to be acknowledged at first, because they’re not populist.”
- Fallon McElligott Rice, now just Fallon
- Her Second phase was working with smart people on rapid-fire projects
“You want to be the dumbest person on the team.”
- Her Third phase was disillusionment when inheriting a management role
“It takes a completely different mindset to be with people than from being with my ideas.”
- The Fourth phase was expansion to create ideas beyond an ad into the wider world [as an author, speaker, etc.].
- Sally was the Creative & Managing Director for Crispin Porter + Bogusky for their Los Angeles office
- CP+B’s LA Office opened its doors on Sept. 10, 2001
“It’s easy to be creative when the world has a big budget and optimism and a love for what hasn’t been discovered.”
“In order to be a creative leader, you have to be able to lead people through the darkest times.”
“It’s impossible to have creative ideas in an oppressive environment.”
- Kerning pairs (such as FA)
- There used to be a natural (ten day) cycle with print advertising. There was time to work on stuff.
“I’m still a geek with words.”
“One for the reel, one for the meal.”
“Don’t be a worrier, be a warrior.”
—Tony Robbins (and Prescott, ironically)
- Clients would cut their marketing budget during the recession. Remember this? or this?
- Tibor Kalman (1949-1999)
- Design, like Jazz, is a generational artform
- John Coltrane played with Miles Davis who played with Charlie Parker
- Armin Vit worked with Michael Bierut who worked with Massimo Vignelli
- A lot of NYC agencies did annual reports, but didn’t show it in the portfolio
- Medieval Stonemasons
“Signifance doesn’t live in one piece. It lives in a movement or a body of work.”
- The Martin Agency
- The One Show, advertising awards show
- Varnish, in print
- Goodby Silverstein & Partners
- Bob Barrie, Art Director
- binomial nomenclature
- Print finishes by thickness: Varnish → UV → Aqueous
- Print finishes by lustre: Dull → Satin → Hi-Gloss
- Nightclub Flyers
- Fascinate achieved New York Times Bestseller status
- Sally admits to not being great with long content (100,000 word books)
- How The World Sees You by Sally Hogshead on Amazon and on Audible
“Revisions suck my soul. Creation enlivens me.”
- “writing-tired”, when Prescott feels uninspired to write blog posts, etc.
“I can’t write anything great for the first hour. I have to get into a trance.”
“The hardest part about writing isn’t writing, it’s finishing the dishes.”
- Prescott and Sally got connected on social media
- Starship Design on Facebook
- Sally Hogshead on Twitter
- Sally Hogshead on Facebook
- Sally Hogshead on Instagram
- Sally Hogshead on YouTube
- Don’t let the Creative Director and Managing Director be the same person; there needs to be a healthy tension between the two.
- Remark not only on awards won and praise given, but hard times which shape your character
- Examine any project via its priorities “Quality of Work”, “Quality of Life”, or “Quality of Compensation.”
- Pursue the areas of work that feel like a “wellspring” of creativity; avoid “creative agony”
- Create an Idea Wall, and hang up your projects as you think of them
- Block time (at least 3 hours) to sink into writing
- Listen to music that reflects the sort of writing you’re aiming for
- Designate externally- and internally-focused work (email vs. writing content)
- Write down the words you use when mentoring, and which you need to hear
- Appreciate craft, even if it takes slightly longer
- Periodically examine your work and your agency to align with influence: Creative, Financial, or Cultural
- Shape expectations around you; follow the type of work that suits you best
- Take advantage of “swiftness”; don’t analyse or think about ideas and instead just act (especially on side projects and writing ideas).
- Go to bed early; write in the morning.
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