posted by Ian Summers on June 5th, 2012


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Assignment: Just for the Next 30 Days, Reclaim Old Relationships

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It has been a couple of decades, at least, since I bought one of those squiggly covered ruled composition books – the kind with the black taped binding. I was going to use it to write some poetry that had been ricocheting through my brain.

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The real poetry in my life has been the relationships I have had with hundreds of people.

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I decided to fill the book with the names of everyone I have ever known from all aspects of my life. This was life changing. It brought back simple memories.

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For example, I could name every elementary school teacher from K- 6. In the process, I was able to remember classmates’ names and something about them. This exercise gave birth to this assignment.¬†Make a list of everyone you ever worked with in your industry. If you have been in the business for more than ten years, you are likely to have met hundreds.¬†Perhaps you have a pre-computer Rolodex hidden away in a carton in some closet. Old invoices and tear sheets may stimulate your memory.

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These may be people with whom you worked shoulder-to-shoulder on an assignment. These are people with whom you had some kind of a relationship. Go beyond the obvious. There were art directors, creative directors, picture editors, art buyers, assistants, stylists, account executives, corporate folks, mentors, and many more.

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posted by Ian Summers on May 28th, 2012

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Inspirational Commencement Speech at University of the Arts

More About Neil Gaiman

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posted by Ian Summers on May 15th, 2012

How baseball cards may make a valuable networking tool and other valuable advice.

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