A little over a year ago, I was lucky enough to be in sitting in a café in Miami. I’d just finished studying at Miami Ad School and I had a newly found best friend David. We talked for ages about our interest in adland, communications, brands, design and (as nerdy as this sounds), it was a revelation. I was (a) actually talking to somebody who understood what the I did for a living and (b) was nice (c) enjoyed what he did.
A year went by and we came back over to London, we got jobs and we got busy, but we haven’t stopped being friends as well as getting together and sharing our favourite bits about the industry with each other. I have found that having a planner buddy is one the most amazing things you can have in this slightly crazy industry. You get to ask them all the weird questions that anyone normal would just raises a quizzical eyebrow at before swiftly change the subject. They can share in the neurosis and victory dances that come with the kind of work we do.
Everyone should have a planner buddy, but why stop at one?
We’ve been talking a lot about some of the other young planner types we’ve met over the last year (who are genuinely nice) and thought it might be fun to get a few of them together every once in a while – a bit like a Supper Club. The real aim is to meet start build a little network of other nice bright young things who would get along (without the pressure of a formal APG or IPA thing). Friends, friends of friend, people we admire from different agencies – people who may follow us, who we do not yet even know.
At this stage we’re think maybe about 10 people, who would like to hangout, eat and chat (naturally get pretty drunk). One day if it kicks off, we might experiment with a theme but for now we thought it’d be fun to just get together and meet. If you are interested it would be great if you would like to join us!
Please RSVP to me at georgia[at]eatbigfish.com if you would like to come. To scope out peoples timetables please let me know if you can do Wednesday 28th May or Thursday 29th May. The date with the most votes wins!
Look forward to meeting you.