The life and times of Copywriter, Steve Taylor.
True words. #Philly #shakespeare #poetry
During a rather lovely weekend strolling through the neighborhoods of Philadelphia, I began to take notice of several key differences from each of the cities I’ve visited thus far. For instance, the presence of bike lanes is drastically different in each location. Whereas Cleveland and New York City seem to be pushing to increase their bike traffic, it’s not as easy to locate the same accommodations within Boston and Philadelphia. While I understand that priorities differ, these traits could make all the difference when looking for a place to call “home”. I’ve also seen contrasts in transportation options, green space availability, artistic support and entertain choices. All in all, I’d say it’s about finding the right balance that best suits one’s lifestyle, really
Another key factor I’ve found has to do with commute times. I’ve already come to find I’m much happier when I can get to, and from, work within 15 minutes. For comparison, I had a 30 minute car ride in Cleveland, a 10 minute subway ride in Boston, a 45 minute subway ride in New York City and currently, I have a 12 minute walk in Philly. Given the hours we work in this industry, it can really take a toll on one’s mood if you’re stuck in a long commute, after an already long day in the office.
In NYC, I would leave the apartment around 8:30am and didn’t return until close to 8:00pm. This left me little time (or energy) to make the most of my evenings. Though I was staying with a friend, so I didn’t have much say on my commute time. However, it’s a point I feel everyone should strongly consider when relocating. A job may be ideal, but if you keep yourself from a fulfilling personal life, it will begin to wear on you and eventually the job won’t matter as much.
Quickly, I did want to mention the lovely weekend I had exploring Philly. Even if I was having to avoid the drunken hordes of St. Patty’s Day. And no, I haven’t the slightest idea why everyone chose Saturday the 8th to celebrate a holiday that falls on Monday the 17th. It boggles my mind. Anyway, what I’ve come to understand is that “City Center” truly is the center of the city. It’s an incredibly handy reference point for anyone trying to find his or her way around town. If you then venture outward in any direction, you’ll come across one of the city’s beautiful neighborhoods. Personally, I had a fantastic time exploring the cobblestone streets of Old City and the very hipster-centric Fishtown. It’s very interesting to see that each area has it’s own personality, much like NYC’s five boroughs. I had a delicious meal at Village Whiskey and spent most of Saturday afternoon reading in the park near Independence Hall. Sadly, I’m still looking for the elusive movie theater though. I’m really starting to wonder if they even exist.
Hey look! It’s that thing.
A beautiful day in #Philly. #history #oldcity #revolution
This is Woodbine. He lives at @redtettemer. We’re buds now. That is all.
My first week at Red Tettemer has been absolutely fantastic. You could even say it’s been a dream come true. The truth is that back in college, I tried desperately to get an internship here, as well as at local creative shop, Stick + Move. That’s when I was first introduced to a gentleman by the name of Steve O’Connell. Fast-forward two years and Red Tettemer acquired Stick + Move to become Red Tettemer, O’Connell + Partners (RTO+P). Needless to say, they were one of the first agencies I reached out to when planning this project. I can’t tell you the joy that filled my soul when they came on board.
I’m not sure if Steve remembers me or not (he’s at the agency’s new Venice office this week), but it just goes to show you never know when you’ll meet someone who can help change your life. As Steve told me nearly 6 years ago:
“Keep on keeping on. It’s tough out there but persistence is always rewarded.”
Located on the 24th and 25th floors of their building, the RTO+P office has a stunning view that overlooks every corner of the city—as far as the eye can see. Inside, the two-story headquarters is basically the manifestation of my wildest dreams. I’ve already taken a million pictures and every time I drift away from my desk, I find something new to stare at. From antique typewriters and a bathtub full of booze to vintage posters and plush furnishings, this is hands down one of the most unique spaces I’ve ever been to. They even have a beer tap and a resident office cat. While the agencies I’ve already visited lean more toward the minimalist side when it comes to décor, Red Tettemer takes the opposite approach, building a museum to creativity that can’t help but stimulate out-of-the-box ideas.
Of course, the office is only one piece of the puzzle. The people here are very cool (a trend that’s continued since day one). In fact, on my first day, I met a few people who had already heard of the project and were jazzed about it. That’s a great sign! I’m hoping that with each new stop, more and more of my co-workers have heard of The Great Agency Adventure in some shape or form. It would mean word is continuing to spread and momentum is continuing to build.
RTO+P has some great clients and although I’m just getting started, I can’t wait to work with such a high caliber of talent and dive head first into some new projects.
@CleveWhiskey has arrived in #Philly #whiskey #tgaa #advertising #creative
This is how the 24th floor greets you. @redtettemer
I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about Philly. I’ve been here a handful of times, but I didn’t do much exploring at all. I can tell you where the convention center is, how to create a delicious sandwich at WaWa and any true-to-life tidbits I’ve picked up from watching Always Sunny. That pretty much sums up my knowledge of the city. Of course, that’s how it’s going to be for the remainder of my trip. Aside from Charlotte and Chicago, I’ve never visited any of my other locations. It’s exciting (and a little nerve-racking) to say the least.
To say my time in NYC ended on a high note would be an understatement. On Wednesday, I realized I hadn’t had an actual “sit down” dinner during my entire visit. So, I decided to make up for lost time and had a delicious meal at Chef Marc Murphy’s Landmarc in TriBeCa. It’s a bit pricey, but I’d easily recommend it to anyone. Thursday, the We Are Social team had the chance to do a Q&A with the agency’s Co-founder and Global Managing Director, Robin Grant. While it was a mostly light-hearted affair, he did offer up some great advice and told us what it was like to start an agency from scratch. He was rather eloquent and charming—two qualities that carry through to everyone on the New York team.
Friday, I wrapped up my projects and bid the team farewell, after a boozy bash of epic proportions. It was a bittersweet moment, as it’s been every time I depart an agency. Honestly, I can’t believe how great the people—and the work—have been at each of these agencies. It’s incredible. Over the weekend, I journeyed to Philly and got settled in, before heading back up to NYC for one last night. With another winter storm looming, I tested the odds in order to see one of my favorite comedians, Hannibal Burress, perform one last time. Luckily, the storm petered out quite a bit and I made it back this morning without a hitch. Oh, except for when the train lost power—that wasn’t much fun.
Since arriving in Philly, I’ve spent most of my time planning out the month and settling in. This is my first time in an AirBnB apartment and so far, I love it. I’ll take a private room over a hostel any day. It’s a lot cheaper too! I did manage to take a tour of the Reading Terminal Market though. It’s absolutely wonderful and reminds me a lot of the West Side Market in Cleveland, only bigger. All in all, I’d say Philly is off to a great start.