The Next Step:
After college I packed up my gigantic portfolio (So Ancient Now) and set foot to find a job. On my third walk up and knock I met the man who would end up being my mentor. I came in tow with my laptop and somehow got to speak directly with the Creative Director of SLAM. Angelo “Andy” De Santis, he was a New York Ad Man. His old stomping grounds were DDB. He is the classic “Madison Avenue Ad Man” and he fell in love with my website i built. (In 2004 this was rare for most grads or professionals to know or have a web portfolio.) I ended up working that day on playtex brand mechanicals, freelancing for 4-5 months before becoming a full time hire.
Later Me and Andy bonded, he took me under his wing. I showed him how to work the computer from top to bottom. he showed me how to typeset, layout, and further my concepts beyond a simple tagline. My apprenticeship with Andy was definitely an experience that propelled my future and also propelled me further into the art and agency career.