Awkward? Yes, But If It Makes Even One Person Feel More Positively About Element 79, So Be It

It’s an odd thing, looking at yourself on video.  Odd and awkward.  I look at myself in this clip and can only think that if I had arthritis, I wouldn’t be able to talk.

This video just went up on the New York Festivals website today.  I was extremely flattered to be interviewed some months back, along with the redoubtably awesome Todd Crisman. Interactive Group Creative Director.  The two of us spent an hour talking to Gayle Seminara-Mandel, the Director of Media Relations for the New York Festivals and from that, they produced this piece.

If you do watch, you’ll see lots of hand gestures and hear lots of opinions on advertising from me, but far more importantly, you’ll experience a taste of the magic that is Todd Crisman.  Todd is one of the reasons why showing up to work each day and actually getting paid to sell things on behalf of our clients feels like such a privilege.  And he’s one of about a hundred people at Element 79 who make me feel that way.

Sure, it’s fun to grouse that this ad agency sucks or that one is full of hacks, but I imagine most people in the advertising business feel the same way about the people in their shop.  The work can be very challenging–pleasing people always is–but in the end, the people in the trenches beside you as you try to get  that work done make it uniquely rewarding.

Personally, I’m fond of and grateful for the people at Element 79.  I hope you feel as fortunate with the people at your place.

By Dennis Ryan, CCO, Element 79

PS:  Herkimer IS a very good fromage.  You can quote me on that.

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