REBUS St. Louis

REBUS Recap: Self Branding and Shinola Part II by Michael Buffa
June 24, 2011, 4:05 pm
Filed under: Advertising, Agencies, Recaps | Tags: , , ,

If there’s one thing everyone in advertising (or those aspiring to be in advertising) knows, it’s that the industry as a whole is not an easy one to get into.  In fact, according to Jennifer Oertli, VP, Director of Human Resources at Rodgers Townsend, a spelling mistake, a less than positive attitude, or an unclear application is all it takes to go from “right” pile to the wrong.  But really, that’s just common sense right?  Well, that’s what REBUS wanted to find out.

On Tuesday, June 14, over seventy advertising hopefuls, five agency heads, and a number of other advertising professionals packed into the awesome space of FK Studios for the second annual Portfolio Polish event: Shinola.  The evening kicked off with drinks and discussions with agency President Mark Schupp of Schupp Company taking the stage to set things off.  An interactive presentation allowing the audience to “text-in” to choose the topic, Schupp talked the most notable question of the night: How to get hired.

Next up was David Johnson President of production company Coolfire Media.  While the discussion started out daunting with a reminder that “we’re no longer up against college kids for entry level jobs” it ended with a hint of optimism focusing on the idea of attitude over aptitude, with the former almost always winning out.  Melinda Love Senior Vice President & Senior Partner at Fleishman-Hilliard kept the optimism alive with a focus on attitude, communication, and of course, designs as the keys to success to get hired in the creative community. Jennifer Simler, account director at Switch and Jeff Stevens, Executive Creative Director of Momentum rounded out the speaker series with advice for both account and creative professionals on how to start and succeed in the industry.

The night ended with one-on-one portfolio reviews from a group of 21 agency executives.  With representation from over 13 local agencies, almost all of the attendees got a range of constructive criticism in each of the respective disciplines. I think I even overheard one attendee say he got a freelance writing gig from one of the larger agencies in town.

While REBUS is the young professional arm of the St. Louis Advertising Club, that doesn’t mean its events are only for the fresh faces.  With events happening almost every month, at a different agency venue every time, I can’t think of a better time to encourage you to get involved. Thanks to all of the speakers, vendors, and audience members for making this a remarkable event.  Check back to the blog soon for more details on the next REBUS event!




Ready to leave your one-horse agency? First time in the game and need to get a few pointers? Just need something to do on a Tuesday night? Nobody ever taught you not to write question marks when engaging consumers?

On June 14th, come down to FK Studios at 6PM for Self-Branding And Shinola Part II, brought to you by REBUS and The Creative Group. Doors open at 5:30, with featured discussions starting at 6:30 and portfolio reviews to follow. Agency professionals from some of St. Louis’ finest agencies will review your portfolio and offer expertise on writing a resume, assembling your portfolio, interviewing in the St. Louis area, and most importantly…getting a job.

You’ll also get a chance to hear from six featured speakers, network with seasoned advertising professionals, and enjoy free food and drink!

This event is great for agency newcomers, long-time advertising personnel looking to brush up on their knowledge, and college students alike, but make sure to RSVP ASAP. The first 25 paid reservations are guaranteed one-on-one portfolio reviews with a number of St. Louis’ decision makers.

There will also be a Q&A period and resume/portfolio/case studies/self branding reviews by a number of established industry professionals including:


Buy a Poster | Help Joplin by Michael Buffa
June 6, 2011, 7:52 am
Filed under: Advertising, Agencies, Design | Tags: , , , , , ,

A team of art directors over at Moosylvania recently designed a collection of posters to benefit Joplin, MO.  Click on the image below to view the collection.

All posters are original designs and will be silkscreened at 18” x 24” format.
All are being produced in a limited run and are available for a donation of $25.

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