30 Days Later

To be honest, I had planned on posting more updates than I have been. However, after a few weeks of job hunting, I started to remember how draining the whole process can be. That's why, a month later, I'm still stationed at home pondering my next move. 

It's weird, because prior to #TGAA there wasn't much I considered when looking for a job. In fact, it was pretty cut and dry. Did I enjoy the people? Was the pay good? Could I do great work there? That pretty much summed up my inquiries. But now... now there's so much more to consider—things that never crossed my mind before. Would I be near anyone I know? Could I handle the weather? How far would I be from family and friends? Can I even afford to move there? All these questions and many more have been rattling around my brain on a daily basis. 

In a way, the project complicated the entire process for me. And that may sound like a negative, but I certainly don't think so. How on earth could I ever hope to narrow down my ideal locations with such a simplistic line of question? Sure, it's all new to me but I imagine this is what families go through when they're looking to relocate. Once you add kids to the equation, I'm sure there are a lot more questions to be considered.

It's all about asking the right questions of your situation. Decide what you really want and go after it with all your might. 

Am I starting to feel the pressure? Absolutely. However, I want to make the next move count. That's why I'm doing my best to be cautious of where I go and what I do. Wherever I end up, I want to be there for the long-haul. I want to make my mark, prove my worth and change things for the better. I don't think anyone can do that without asking a few questions along the way. 

There's a lot going on behind the scenes that I'm not comfortable sharing, but I assure everyone that I will do my best to update the blog more often. And as always, if you have any questions or opportunities—please feel free to send them my way. I'm still trying to figure out what comes next for #TGAA, but first I need to figure out what's next for me. 

-Steve-

Day Sixteen

The desk of Chris Jungjohann

The boss can make all the difference at just about any job. If they’re an overbearing micromanager, chances are you’re going to dread going in and spend every day watching the clock. However, if you have a boss who feels like a true part of the team, things can feel much, much different. The owners of Recess, Tim Zeller and Chris Jungjohann, fit the latter. From the moment I walked through the front door, I could sense a friendly and genuine vibe throughout the building. Tim and Chris truly care about their employees and in return the agency feels more like a group of friends than it does co-workers.

In my short time here, I’ve seen them constantly joke around with us, engage us in NERF battles, treat us to lunch and speak to us—not as employees—but as equals. In the end, I think it creates a better platform for outstanding creative. Recess is proof of that. No one minds throwing in extra hours, because everyone honestly enjoy being here. If someone is tapped out for the day that’s fine too. Tim and Chris have a rare quality, where they understand that the best work comes from happy creatives. At the same time, this place is not a zoo. Everyone here is invested in the work they’re doing and wants to see the agency succeed, but they also know how to have fun in the process.

I think this a shared mentality you’ll find at the most creative and promising agencies around the world. Being "switched on" day in and day out is a demanding process. And any agency that tries to turn it into an assembly line just can’t compete. They’ve lost sight of what creativity truly is — the culmination and expression of our shared emotions, experiences and thoughts. Sure, we all want to win awards and make a profit. That’s fine. You can do that and make the process fun at the same time. Tim and Chris understand that and Recess benefits from it. I also believe this is a trend I’ll be seeing throughout the next 13 months.

Being at Recess has taught me to have fun with what I do, but always remain dedicated to it. In the end, I’ll have awesome new stories to tell and the client will have my very best work. It’s a win/win all around.  

-Steve-