Tour guide Sophie shows me round the office after
picking me up at the reception.
The first point is the kitchen in the basement. precisely,
the shelf with different kinds of spreads and bread.
She brings me here before letting me put down my bag somewhere.
it must be very important! Are they manna for creativity?
Posted by gwen at 3:48 AM
He asks whether I'm interested in a project for Yakult,
see whether I can make something new, for two or three weeks.
We agree on the pay.
Then he suggests me to go at 9:00am the next morning.
Chinese like to internalize our emotions more.
It's not easy for us to say this out.
But I screw up my courage and tell him how I feel.
Posted by gwen at 5:07 AM
motto: When you don't know what to do, just do nothing!
I need a break. Then I start a lifestyle like those
who have migrated to Canada after retirement.
I do nothing but watching 'The Greed of Men'
(old Hong Kong tv series) while drinking coke and eating crisp all day.
Posted by gwen at 4:53 AM
Actually, I heard someone knocking on the door
when i was sleeping, I just can't be bothered.
Together with the 'fuck' with disappointment that
I heard a few second before the big boom...I guess....
Crazy postman! He must have thrown the packet
from the ground floor through the window
into my room which is on the first floor!!!
Firstly, didn't he need me to sign to confirm the delivery?
Secondly, there are four people living in this four rooms
shared house, how did he know that this is my room?
Thirdly, what if my bed is beside the window?
Such a big packet can kill me!
Posted by gwen at 2:30 AM
Meeting with Steve Henry who has started at TBWA finally,
is postponed again, to september.
I've been waiting for 4 months already,
there is no difference for another month.
Sigh...it makes me feel like a VUP, very unimportant person!
MSN Conversation with Spencer,
he was the ECD when I was in Ogilvy Hong Kong.
(He claimed to fire me when he saw this portrait of him that I made,
for not qualifying to be an art director.
haha...my dear Spencer, this is the reality, nothing to do with art direction.)
Posted by gwen at 2:22 AM
In western culture, I think they are more generous to praise
and encourage others, they show their appreciation more easily.
That's why I don't dare to be too optimistic.
They said they may find me some projects or
freelance jobs to work on if suitable. Hope so!
I treasure honest comment more now,
I would rather know what am I lacking of.
I wonder how to convince people that I'm a good creative,
I'm more than an illustrator , I'm not a wanna-be-artist!
Posted by gwen at 11:47 PM
Juan then calls Richard, Executive Creative director,
to come to see my book. Same same,
he seems to be entertained by my work, he seems appreciates it.
However, there is one thing that I don't understand, why are we stuffed in the corner inside such a big room with such a big table?
Posted by gwen at 11:43 PM
Juan said he doesn't know what to say after seeing my book.
He said it's culture shock.
He put his hands on head with a sigh, he looks really shocked.
He asked whether I find the big difference between my work and theirs.
Of course! There are mostly one-off jobs in the assembly line method
we use in Hong Kong agencies. Everyone is in such a hurry that they
have no time for concept or brand building.
The only thing you can do is to deliver the promotion message with
some eye-catching executions.
Also, The criteria to choose work to be put in my book,
not because they are big campaigns from big clients, they are just work I like most.
He talks a lot, but I can't understand all. I hear something like
"... to protect you from the world ... keep you fresh ... better not to give you job ... "
Posted by gwen at 11:33 PM
Juan is the creative director who did Sony Bravia
'bouncy balls' commercial. I really want to tell him
that LOOK ALIKE tv commercial from a SIMILAR product
by another brand from Asia was the CREATION done
by a creative director who comes from England
(and looks exactly like Homer Simpsons).
Such a COINCIDENCE is nothing to do with us (Asians)
I search this from internet. Someone has disclosed the sin.here
Posted by gwen at 3:35 AM
They advised me not to try those big companies,
those we call 4As in Hong Kong,
those where I've always been working at.
I can imagine that they are more or less the same everywhere.
It's also so easy to see crap campaigns when you are watching tv,
reading newspaper or going into the street here.
However, I'm just curious.
No matter it's good or not, it's an experience to me.
I'm meeting kind people again.
I really appreciate their honest opinion.
But I feel even more uneasy now... 'UNUSUAL'...
It's not bad to know how others see you,
to make a self-examination then.
You'd end up being the one knowing yourself most!!
Posted by gwen at 2:35 AM
They said they have never seen such 'unusual' work.
Again, they thought my personal projects are much
stronger than the advertising portfolio.
The problem is that I'm looking for job in advertising.
After a lot of thought and discussion,
they work out a list of names of people who may be interested to see me.
What's more amazing is...
I'm stunned when I see the title from Sarah's reply email the next day.
I take out the leaflet of D&AD congress.
oh, no, this guy was one of the speakers of that president lecture
I went last time, the H of BBH, one of the founders!!!!!!!!
Posted by gwen at 2:18 AM