Day 200!

Collaboration is a big part of what #TGAA is all about. That’s why, as we celebrate Day 200(!) of the project, I encourage everyone to keep spreading the word about what we're doing here. I realize some might believe it selfish that I want to promote my own project; but I see this as an opportunity to expand my capability to connect individuals across the country—something I've been doing since Day 1. 

For instance, while in Memphis I met the guys behind the Creative Memphis podcast. With one simple—and minute— detail about their need for stickers, I was able to tell them about the great work Jakprints does. Sure, it’s nothing earth shattering, but I view every new relationship I can help create as a victory for #TGAA. Another example is when I discovered Boxing Clever Records has plans to ramp up their offerings very soon. That news got me thinking of Honeybucket, a band from Cleveland that features former Recess Creative Web Developer, Adam Reifsnyder. I, again, was able to help introduce the two parties. 

Going on a book tour? Let me tell you about this creative festival I know. Need a new way to translate your social efforts? I have a sponsor you might want to hear about. These are just a few examples of what I've been able to accomplish so far. In each new city I visit, I do my best to think of those I’ve already met, so I can support their talents, services and abilities by letting others know about them. Not only is it personally rewarding, but my hope is that in turn, both individuals will pass the good will along to help bring more and more people together.

As this project progresses, I’m finding these opportunities are growing more frequent by the stop. I know that I could use this project to my advantage and spend my days and nights trying to land a job, but that isn’t the purpose of any of this. It is—and always has been—about connecting people around the world to new ideas, opportunities and views on where they want to be or go. So, as I reach the halfway point of this whole crazy adventure, I just want to thank everyone I’ve met over the past 7 months. Without any of you, this would be one hell of a boring story.

Keep spreading the word. Keep being yourself. Keep connecting the world. Always. 

-Steve-

Day Thirty Five

The Lobby of the 40 Berkley Hostel

I’ll be honest, until recently I didn't know much about Boston aside from sports teams, baked beans and what I learned from Hollywood. That was until I came here for a weekend getaway when I was still living in Brooklyn. It completely changed my view of what this city has to offer. From the spectacular aquarium to the gorgeous brick-lined streets, this city oozes vibrancy, charm and character. Even tonight, as I was walking around the neighborhood, the sweet smell of burning chimneys filled every quiet street and corner. It was magical to say the least.

Yet with all this historical elements this city has to offer, its true gems come from those looking to solidify Boston’s future. Take Johnny Cupcakes for instance. Now a globally recognized brand, Johnny built his company from scratch after becoming a fixture in the hardcore music scene with his band On Broken Wings. He combined limited edition styles with a quirky attitude and impeccable attention-to-detail. Collectors and trendsetters alike began to take notice and now he’s collaborating with major entertainment properties to take his passion for nostalgia one step further. Unique doesn’t even begin to describe what they’re doing over there. 

Johnny is also one of the major inspirations for this project. In college, I did a complete marcom study on his company as part of my Advertising Campaigns course. So, you can tell I’ve been a fan of his for quite sometime. However, It wasn’t until I saw him speak at the 2012 WMCFest in Cleveland that the gears really started to turn. For months and months I kept hearing his advice rattle around in my brain—“think big and follow through”. I spent the next year or so writing down idea after idea until I finally came up with a hair-brained concept called, The Great Agency Adventure. It just goes to show that if you work at something long enough, chances are it my actually blossom into something amazing.

So, as you can see, Boston’s influence extends far beyond its city limits. And as I prepare for my first day at BEAM Interactive tomorrow, I can’t help but feel energized knowing I’m about to be inspired once again. I may not be overly familiar with what this city has to offer but I’m definitely looking forward to spending the next month getting to know it a little better. I just hope the temperature doesn’t dip back into single digits again. It’s not much fun walking around with icicles dangling from your nose. Sorry Boston, but no matter how much I may come to love you, I’ll never care for your frigid winters.

-Steve-