The Art Directors Club of Philadelphia proudly organizes monthly socials at some of the top agencies in Philadelphia and I had the pleasure of visiting Neiman located at 1619 Walnut Street in the heart of Center City. As I rode the subway with a fellow peer we had no idea what to expect as this was our first real networking / social event in the advertising industry. We rode the elevator to the 4th floor and were greeted by employees who instantly made us feel at home. We walked around the agency and it was cooler than I could have ever imagined. They excitedly told us to “grab a gun” as they pointed to an entire collection of Nerf Guns complete with a bin of ammunition! As more and more people started trickling in the bullets started firing and it was clear this was going to be a fun night.
I must admit I was a little intimidated to just walk up to someone who already is established and has a job in advertising. As a group of Temple students gathered all awkwardly sipping on our drinks a creative director (unbeknownst to us) approached and gave us some great advice. He was bold and said, “You all clearly know each other so how about you start introducing yourself to the people who can get you jobs”. So he said exactly what we knew we had to do. As we dispersed I was lucky enough to met a less abrasive woman, Brittney Horner an assistant account executive. As we started talking she told me more about her clients and more interestingly about life in an advertising agency. We can only hear so many agency stores in our classes and it was refreshing to actually be in one and see where the chaos takes place. It was at that moment I had my epiphany where I knew advertising is for me.
Later in the evening I got to go downstairs and see the conference room cleverly named “Double Rainbow” after a youtube sensation and see Brittney’s cubicle. Let me tell you its very true when they say an advertising agency is filled will diverse people. Each cubicle was cleverly decorated with the most random stuff showing everyones unique personalty. One desk that especially caught my eye was one with a framed picture from Stepbrothers. I instantly decided whoever owned that cubicle was going to be my friend.
The entire agency had an amazingly laid back and inspirational feeling and is somewhere that I can see myself working at. I soon was asking a thousand questions about internships and jobs available with Neiman. They soon told me all about the different areas that they take interns for and even made a point to mention that their interns do a lot more than “get coffee”.
Before I left I made sure to take a Charlie’s Angel picture with some fellow students. This picture encompassed the entire mood of the night. I know we all had a great time and met some amazing people in the industry. As soon as I got home I went back onto Neiman’s site and bookmarked their blog and intently looked at their internship descriptions. I can say that Neiman is in my top 3 agencies I would LOVE to be a part of.