Washington, DC agent Adam Gezelle knows the creative business from every side: he’s been a creative account manager at a global media company, a freelance designer, and a creative agent for over 6 years. What more could you want from the person trying to find your dream gig?
Read more about Adam as he answers our 7 Quick Questions, then reach out and see what he’s got going on in the DC market!
- What do you love about working with creative talent? Having a degree in graphic design and coming from the creative industry, it makes me happy to work with creative like-minded people—whether they’re a junior designer, two weeks out of school or a VP of creative. I love being able to give advice, interact, and learn from our creative talent as well.
- What’s the BEST thing someone can do when looking for a job? Be strategic! Know the companies you want to target and work for. Network with both friends and professional contacts. No one can help you until they know what kind of job you’re seeking. So be specific. You’re more likely trigger a lead or make your contacts think of you down the road when a position opens up. Try it and you’ll see it works!
- What made you want to work at Vitamin T and what do you love most about working here? Over the years I’ve been working in the creative industry, I’ve always admired Aquent as an industry leader in the creative staffing world. You don’t have to work here to realize they are the true benchmark in creative staffing (e.g., representing high quality talent, the first to offer benefits to freelancers, etc.) When the opportunity arose to work at Vitamin T, knowing that Aquent was the parent company, I had to jump at it!
- Best creative/digital event in your city? From my experience here in DC, for recognizing pure creative talent, my hat is off to the American Advertising Awards (formerly the ADDYs). It’s the advertising industry's largest and most representative competition, attracting over 40,000 entries every year in local AAF Club (Ad Club) competitions. Check out the winners from 2015’s national event and you’ll see what I mean.
- In your job, what’s been your favorite moment or biggest joy? I really enjoy when a talent is super appreciative when we find him or her a great gig! It puts a smile on my face and makes me want to do it all over again....
- What’s your favorite brand and why? Vincent Motorcycles. Their approach to motorcycle manufacturing was unparalleled between 1928 and 1955.
- Who is your creative or digital hero? I have have a few, though Paul Rand would be my number one choice. His work is pure genius. Learning about him is probably the best way for a graphic design student to learn and appreciate what the field of graphic design is doing now as well has done in the past.
"For every design problem there are probably thousands of bad solutions (no solution at all), hundreds of mediocre solutions, dozens of pretty good solutions, and a few really good solutions. The penultimate solution, the one that would answer every concern and work the very best, is unavailable to the mortal, forever floating in the ether…just out of our grasp."