Parallel push.

You’re waiting on a brief.  Everything is in flux.  Nobody knows nothing and panic runs in the streets.  You know what you do?  Start.  Do not, I repeat, do not, get caught up in the swell of anguish and moaning.  The reason that sort of thing gets so much momentum is because it’s easier than shutting the door and starting.  Look, you know enough about the client or the brand.  You have a basic sense of the need.  Dig around on your own, write your own mental brief, and start solving in parallel to the official brief.

The chances are pretty good you’ll be in the ballpark in the end.  You see, the problem everyone really has is time.  Moving ahead now buys you more of that when the real brief finally shows up.  You’re not wasting time starting early.  You’re gaining it.

Or sit around and bitch with the others.  Your call.




David Fowler created long-running advertising campaigns for Motel 6 ("We'll leave the light on for you"), BP ("Beyond Petroleum"), Fanta ("Wanta Fanta"), Claritin ("Claritin Clear") and many others. His forty-year creative career included twenty years at Ogilvy & Mather in New York, as well as stints at Goodby, Silverstein in San Francisco, Ammirati & Puris in New York and The Richards Group in Dallas.