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10 Things That Scare Creatives

Some things are even scarier than ghosts and zombies. In honor of Halloween, here's a list of 10 things that can scare the bagezus out of Creatives (in no particular order).

1. Moving deadlines--especially those that move closer, rather than farther away.
2. Computer crashes, a.k.a. the color wheel of death--especially if the work hasn't been saved.
3. Clients who think they are creative. They say their line or visual idea is just an example, but you know they really want you to use it.
4. There's no beer left in the kitchen fridge. Or bottle of booze in your desk. Or your AD/CW's desk. Or our Account person's desk.
5. Being forced to use Comic Sans. Because it's the brand font.
6. Being told to modify an idea someone else did that was cool and retrofit it to the project.

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Ad Chat - Andy Kinsella

For those of you who have been following along, we've begun to change up some of the questions in Ad Chat. And now it's time to get to know Andy Kinsella, Innovation Director at Glue Isobar. Keep up with him on his blog at http://www.andykinsella.com/ or on The Twitter at @hellokinsella.

What’s your favorite funny story about yourself?
At my first glue Xmas party I attempted to take a swan dive off the boat into the blackness of the River Thames....dressed as a rapper. There’s been a few. Most aren’t for broadcast.

Which piece of art (movie, book, music, painting, etc) has influenced you the most? How or why?

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Ad Chat - Koert Bakker

Welcome to a new week and another ad chat. This week we tapped Koert Bakker, the Director of Strategy at Victors & Spoils, though he originally hails from Amsterdam. He blogs quite a bit about planning, strategy and advertising at koertbakker.com and you can stalk him on twitter at @koertbakker.

What’s your favorite funny story about yourself?
At my first job as a junior planner at BBDO I wore a suit for the first three weeks.

Which piece of art (movie, book, music, painting, etc) has influenced you the most? How or why?

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The roast of Rick Boyko at the Friars Club during Advertising week 2011

At the Friars club where they've have parlayed one hundred years of antics into a legendary reputation, and all the walls seems to have hidden doors leading to Narnia, Rick Boyko was getting ready to be properly skewered by drinking large glasses of red wine and laughing at the bobble-heads made in his liking. "It doesn't even look like me!" he complained, making the same exact face as the skinny little bobble-head.

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Ad Chat - Evan Brown

Give it up for our dear friend and sharp-as-a-tack creative, Evan Brown, Sr. Copywriter at TBWA\Chiat\Day. Get to know him a bit better by following him on Twitter at @strawberrycough.

Let's get it started...

What's your favorite funny story about yourself?
Three days after 9/11, I was in London, walking with a friend when we were stopped by some BBC reporters. I thought they wanted to interview us about what happened and started to panic. But they were doing a show on Britain's best loved children's poems. They asked us to read the first stanza of "On The Ning Nang Nong." I ended up reading it jointly with my friend to hide my non-Britishness. Wait. Was it supposed to be a "ha ha" funny story?

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Ad Chat - Darryl Ohrt

It's Monday again. Didn't that weekend go by fast? Let's get to know a friend of Adland.tv, Darryl Ohrt, Executive Creative Director of Carrot, NYC, and Adverveblog.com -er. You can also listen in to his thoughts, wisdom and more at twitter @darrylohrt.

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Ad Chat - Dena Walker

We're kicking off our first Ad Chat of October with Dena Walker, Digital Strategist at Irish International in Dublin, Ireland. Follow her on Twitter at @curlydena or keep up with her at her blog at http://www.curlydena.com.

And now, on with the questions...

What's your favorite funny story about yourself?
As a young Account Exec, I once had to dress up as a giant sperm & run, with er, purpose, at Tamara Ingram, the then CEO of McCann-Erickson UK.

What piece of art (movie, book, music, painting, etc) has influenced you most? How or why?

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Ad Chat - Bernie Watt

Hello Monday. Today we chat with Bernie Watt, copywriter extraordinary at Make in Sydney, Australia. Give him a follow on The Twitter at @berniegerm or check out his blog at http://berniewatt.tumblr.com.

And now, on with the questions...

What's your favorite funny story about yourself?
It's not that funny, but I used to play in a punk band and an orchestra (not simultaneously, but at the same time)

What piece of art (movie, book, music, painting, etc) has influenced you most? How or why?
The animation of Terry Gilliam (Monty Python). It was surreal and removed the need for a definitive narrative. It is the thing that turns Monty Python from a disjointed sketch comedy into a piece of genius. Through his work, I discovered many of the great artists.

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Ad Chat - Ron Smrczek

This Monday we chat with Ron Smrczek the Executive Creative Director of TAXI Europe. You can catch up with him on twitter as @smrczek where he shared many interesting links.

What's your favorite funny story about yourself?
- I used to be a serious ten-pin bowler.

What piece of art (movie, book, music, painting, etc) has influenced you most? How or why?
I've been given this book several times from different people. I have three copies of it. And I always pick it up when I need some inspiration – "It's Not How Good You, It's How Good You Want to Be" by Paul Arden.

Who was your favorite mentor and why?

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Ad Chat - Vincent Vella

Running a bit late this week, but what else is new in this biz? This week we hear from Vincent Vella, ECD, who previously worked at Grey, Euro RSCG and Publicis.

What's your favorite funny story about yourself?
I'm not funny at all

What piece of art (movie, book, music, painting, etc) has influenced you most? How or why?
Undoubtedly the work of Marcel Duchamp. When I discovered his Readymades, I was about 13 years old. Suddenly I understood what a "concept" was. How a simple idea could grow, live outside and beyond of a vehicle, and be truly subversive. This is probably the trigger that made me turn to contemporary art, and then to advertising.

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