This brief clip provides a wonderful metaphor for the realities of a career in advertising.
All six dancers received the same brief, and all six are delivering on its requirements. But one guy is adding personal style and brilliance, so much so that he is literally out in front. In fact, even the director and cameraman can’t resist focusing on his talent (:45).
If you happen to be more like the other five dancers, do not spend any time resenting the guy out front. It’s a waste of the emotional energy you’re going to need if you want to be more like him.
And if you happen to be the guy out front, please try to stay humble. Advertising is a very long road, and you will never regret being nice.
(H/T to art director Lara Palmer for the find!)
The way it was.
1. Leaping the chasm at Stand Rock (1886, Wisconsin)
2. Mount Lowe Railway (c.1890s)
3. Stilt race (1892)
4. Belgian coalminers in a lift (c.1900)
5. Checking her out (c.1900)
6. Horse-drawn buses on a hot day (c. 1900, Piccadilly, London)
7. Oldsmobile PIRATE special 1 cylinder racer (1903)