How to get a job at an Ad Agency?

How to get a job at an Ad Agency?

The first and foremost criterion for getting a job at an ad agency is having tons of creativity. Advertising business is all about creativity; once the creative juices begin to flow the rewards are overwhelming. A good degree can take you places. Any course or a degree at a reputed university or an advertising school is a big advantage. People with fewer resources can utilize the Internet to maximum, as lots of material regarding advertising is available online, learning from the comfort of home. Having internship experience counts when trying in an ad agency. Internship provides ample exposure to the advertising industry and basic training can be skipped after getting a job. It is better to opt for an entry-level position as this makes your foundation in advertising very strong. Many successful people are known to have started from the bottom most position. This provides us with an opportunity to work outside the job zone assigned which helps to learn the tricks of the trade. Even if future doesn’t look bright enough in the present institution this experience will certainly count when looking for a job elsewhere.

The resume is an important part of the job search and should reflect the creativity of the applicant. It should be amusing and at the same time professional too. Addressing a letter to the Creative Director of the company can be of good help. Find out thoroughly about him before writing a letter, which might also help in creating an impression during the interview. If the response is taking time don’t hesitate to post another letter. Calls are usually not appreciated as most of the people at an ad agency are busy round the clock and professionals at a higher position have to deal with many projects at once.

Look out for people in your the network which can sometimes fetch opportunities through references. These networks can be a source of information about the seminars, educational workshops and local advertising clubs. Doing voluntary work for special events will be worth the effort because if the work is really eye catching it will be appreciated by the guests who visited the event and one of them can be a potential employer.

If the big break seems real far its better to start freelancing rather than wasting time. Try creating original work and approach ad agencies and small business with your work. This can spice up the on-going job hunt. A graphic designer and a copywriter will have an advantage in this approach. If it’s hard to get a start create spec ads. Spec ads are personal versions of a published ad. A little bit of twist can sometimes result in a better ad than the actual one. Even if it isn’t this sure will bring you opportunities in small local businesses.

Start with businesses residing in your locality like the grocery store or the butcher’s shop. Later on approach television and radio stations. They always have vacancies for commercial writers and need a helping hand to develop programs. Since the income is less in these type of jobs its easier for a beginner to get a job.

At the end of the day passion for work really counts. Sometime or the other there will be an employer who will have respect for true passion and creativity and all that energy will give you that much needed break and take you places.

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How to Come up With a Craft Idea for Kid Programs

How to Come up With a Craft Idea for Kid Programs

Are you a camp director or Sunday School teacher looking for a craft idea for kid enrichment? Maybe you feel like you are just not the creative type, and you struggle with coming up with craft projects. It is true that some people just have a knack for finding or even inventing craft ideas, but your creativity can be improved. There are ways to make it easier to find a craft idea for kid needs.

First, lay aside any perfectionism. Locking yourself into thinking there is only one right way to do something makes every decision harder. Regardless of the kid program you are helping with, there are always many suitable craft ideas out there. Don’t worry about picking the wrong one! If you’ve taken into consideration the age and skill levels of the kids involved, your choice will be adequate.

Next, consider your budget. When choosing a craft idea for kid programs, you need to be aware that some of them are expensive. Prepackaged kits to make a fun foam picture frame or a craft stick cross are affordable for a few kids, but if you are needing to do a craft with a lot of kids, these kits might cost too much. It’s often easy to do almost exactly the same project by just looking at the craft kit components and buying the same materials in bulk at the discount store. You may have to do some preparation, like cutting out shapes ahead of time, or at least making cardboard patterns for the kids to use in cutting out their own. The savings will be worth it, however.

Another consideration is this: in spite of years of indoctrination from women’s libbers, the fact remains that boys and girls like different sorts of crafts! If the craft seems a little girly, don’t use it at boys’ camp. Stick with lace-up leather billfolds, Indian artifacts, dinosaur art, and similar projects. Girls will like beads and anything that’s pink or purple. For a craft idea for kid camp where there are kids of both sexes, keep it on the boyish side and provide some pink materials to keep the girls happy.

An aspect of creativity that the non-creative types don’t realize is that ideas spring from other ideas. That is, if you look over a book or website of craft ideas, maybe none of them will appeal to you, but if you let them, they will spark an idea for a similar project. Use what you can and change what you must in the craft directions. For instance, the craft may have a slogan to be written across the front. If you need to change the slogan to fit your own needs, it’s perfectly OK. For instance, the pictured project might say "Girls rock!" You can change that to "He is the Rock!" if that meets your VBS needs better.

A final suggestion is to realize that you don’t have to change the instructions or create something new to have a good craft idea for kid use. Feel free to follow the instructions to the letter if that works better for you. The kids will have a great time either way. Just pick a craft idea, for kid creativity beats adult creativity everytime! The kids will make it creative, even if you have doubts about your own ability in this area.

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Five Ways to Wake up the Creative Writer in you

Five Ways to Wake up the Creative Writer in you

Writing an article doesn’t just mean putting down thoughts into words then typing and writing it. You have to capture the interest of your readers and give them a reason to keep reading. You have to get the attention of the reader and have a firm grasp of their interest and pique their curiosity. Here are five ways you can get creative.

The main ingredient in writing an article is creativity. While creativity may come natural to many people, some of us get writers block. It can be a hair pulling ordeal just to get your creative juices flowing.

Putting words into images in the readers mind is an art. A clear and crisp depiction requires a certain flair that only creativity can provide. Similes and metaphors help a lot, but the way an article gets entwined word for word, sentence by sentence then paragraph by paragraph into a whole article develops the essence of the article.

So just what do you have to do when nothing comes to mind? That’s a fair question but unfortunately, there’s no surefire ways to get those perfect ideas to pop into your head. But, there are easy ways to get your creative juices flowing and put you into a perfect mindset and state of mind. Here are five of them.

1) Keep a diary or a journal in your pocket or with you at all times. You just never know when an idea is triggered by something you may hear, see, or smell. Your senses are your radar in finding great ideas. Write all of them into a journal and keep it with you for future reference. You may also write down anything that you have read or heard, someone’s ideas could be used to develop your own ideas and this is not stealing. Remember that ideas and creativity can come from anywhere; it’s the development of the idea that makes it unique.

2) Relax and take time to sort things out. You need a clear head. A jumbled mind cannot create any space for new ideas. If you are bothered by something, give yourself permission to get rid of it for awhile. Put it in the closet for a few minutes. Try closing your eyes and allowing yourself some quiet time. Block out all the sights sounds and smells around you. Turn your focus inward and breathe.

Try to relax every time that you can and think about your experiences and interactions with others. Your experiences are what shape your mindset and your opinions which could be reflected on your writings. Try to discover yourself, find out what triggers your emotions. Discover what inspires you and what ticks you off. You can use these emotions to help you in expressing yourself and your ideas, with this you can grow creatively.

3) Create a working place that can inspire your creativeness.

Creativity comes from being in a good state of mind and a messed up workplace that causes distraction won’t be conducive in firing up your creative flow.

Surround your working place with objects that makes you happy and relaxed. You may put up pictures, or scents, plants or anything that can to inspire you, relax you and get your creativeness cranking.

4) Set the mood. Setting the mood requires you to just go with the moment or to induce yourself to feeling what makes your mind works best. Finding out what makes you tick could help you find ways to get your creative juices flowing. Set the pace and tempo for your mood and everything else will follow.

There are many ways to set the mood. Some writers have been known to have a little sip of wine to stir up the imagination. Some use mood music while others let the lighting of the environment create the mood. You decide what sets your mood.

5) Go on a vacation and just do something crazy and out of the norm for you. Letting yourself go and have fun produces adrenaline which can make your imagination run wild. If your day is usually a busy one, take an quiet adventure or a solemn hike. Whatever it is that is unusual from your daily routine can take the rut out of your schedule.

In no time at all, your imagination will make use of that experience and get your creativeness to start working in overdrive.

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Lure Your Muse Out Through Travel

Lure Your Muse Out Through Travel

Travel is such a creativity sparker! Our Muses – that part of us that represents our deep creativity – love it when we get out of our routines, go to new places and venture out of our comfort zones. Here are a few reminders about what to do to make your Muse happy while you are traveling.

Open your senses. Summer is the season to indulge all of our senses. The feel of the warm air on our skin, the smell of fresh cut grass and barbeque, the sound of the ice cream truck connect us to memories of our childhood. Alongside the memories are new opportunities to create new sense memories and to be fully present in the moment.

Try new foods, drinks, places, and people. Your Muse loves new. She loves things that spark her imagination. What new places can you find? What people bring you a fresh way of seeing life? What food have you heard of but never tried? Give it a go now!

Engage your body. Indulge your body with swimming, lying on the grass, the beach, eating juicy fruits, bicycling, hiking, dancing. Mmmmm. Our creativity is expressed through the body and released when we give our ole body loving attention.

Initiate conversation with strangers. Some of the best creative accidents happen when we interact with others. Be willing to sit next to a stranger at a café or make a comment to someone next to you at a museum. Use your instincts to choose your new friends. Forget what your parents taught you about talking to strangers and be open to new interactions.

While you’re at it, forget conventional wisdom entirely. It’s the bane of the creative experience. While it’s tempting to get advice from people about what to do and see while traveling, take it with a grain of salt. Let your Muse lead you to adventurous experiences instead.

Get lost and be open to discovering new routes, perspectives and ideas. Huh? Can’t figure it out? Great. That not knowing opens you up to possibility, the field where your Muse loves to hang out. The ability to dwell in the unknown is the key to being able to let your Muse have your way with you. If you’re too concerned with looking good, playing safe and being a know-it-all, kiss your Muse goodbye.

Give yourself time and space to do nothing. Sit on a bench, on a beach, in a café, wherever you can just chill out and let nothing happen. Your Muse loves to whisper ideas in your ear, but when you are constantly moving, it’s difficult to get your attention! Stop and take breaks and let life, and your creativity in.

Capture inspiration when it’s happening. Take time to jot notes, save ephemera (museum tickets, cards, metro tickets) in your notebook. Capture words or dialogue that strike you. Don’t think that you need to chronicle everything in narrative form – it will take too long and you’ll end up not doing it. By recording your experiences while you travel rather than waiting until you get home, you’ll have a richer experience in the moment.

Enjoy these ways that getting out of your normal zone can open you up to new creative ventures. Your Muse will thank you!

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Preserving Your Memories Online

Preserving Your Memories Online

In these days of multimedia storage facilities, compiling and maintaining a scrapbook can seem a little old fashioned. Paper is subject to a multitude of attacks as time progresses, and while there are so many of us who enjoy the earthy feel of a book in our hands, there is little doubt that the Internet, and other methods of data communication, such as CDs and DVDs, boast many practicalities that make them the preferential choice for storing our precious memories. But don’t despair – electronic storage devices don’t have to be as heartless as they might at first sound, and for the avid scrapbook user, there are online options that can really capture your creativity.

The Internet is a wonderful way to record and store personal information, as evidenced by the ever-growing popularity of blogs and online scrapbooks. Once the basics have been mastered, it is so easy to record your thoughts and pictures and share them instantaneously with relatives and friends the whole globe over. While scrapbooking in the ‘real’ world might limit your ability to share with those nearest and dearest separated by vast geographical landscapes, with online scrapbooking and blogging, you can share your memories in an instant, no matter when your friends may be.

And online scrapbook making isn’t difficult. While many scrapbook enthusiasts find learning the html code that supports their endeavors to be quite an interesting challenge, those who are less technologically minded can steer clear of this altogether. There are a range of online sites that support scrapbook making, including blogs and friendship sites. Here, you can upload your photographs and tailor your own pages, allowing you to scrapbook with ease in a virtual way.

While online scrapbook making may not involve the same physical creativity that ‘hard copy’ scrapbooking allows, this type of memory keeping most definitely cultivates your creative side. With the ability to choose and adapt templates, alter the ‘skins’ that determine your background colors and themes, your online scrapbook will be as personal as your physical one. Online scrapbooking is most definitely different, but with its ability to capture the essence of its real world counterpart, you certainly won’t want for ways to express your creativity.

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Are Toys & Video Games The Right Christmas Gifts For Kids?

Are Toys & Video Games The Right Christmas Gifts For Kids?

It’s the age of innocence when their eyes a little brighter and their smile are full of possibilities. Their minds are being shaped by everything around them and it’s important to make sure that those surroundings are positive and promote good character traits.

The question is are toys and video games the right Christmas gift for kids? The simple answer – yes.

Creative Development

Children love toys and they love to play video games. Imagination is the greatest gift that we can give our children and toys are essential to their creative development. With so many toys on the market, it’s difficult to choose which are best for our little ones during this holiday season. The best way to know is to ask your child to write a Christmas list. Go over the list and make sure that everything will be a positive learning, or playful, experience for your child. Avoid buying anything with an implication of violence or negative influences, which is sometimes present in current video games.

Promote Healthy Competition and Creativity

On the other hand… Video games can offer a very positive learning experience if selected carefully. They have the ability to promote healthy competition and creativity. If a child fails to achieve the next level in a video game, they are forced to come up with more creative ways to move forward. This creativity can lead to a wonderful imagination in all areas of life. Video games can also promote persistence and shows a child that patience is a key factor in achieving any goal. If a child begins playing a video game and stays with that game until he/she defeats it, this promotes patience, determination and intelligence. The child will learn that, if he/she works hard enough, they can achieve anything. This will carry over into other aspects of life and will be a positive experience. The most important thing is, that now, the child is simply having fun and doesn’t even realize how beneficial a creative mind can be. They don’t realize that they are learning and, to them, they’re just enjoying their toys.

Promote Sharing

Toys and games are terrific Christmas gifts for kids also because they promote sharing while keeping the child entertained and happy. Some toys promote learning, such as math and board games. Others, such as building blocks, promote creativity and the ability to build things on their own. A karaoke unit could help a child overcome shyness while a Barbie doll will allow a child to make up story lines and create fictional events.

Age Recommendations

Before choosing any toys or games as Christmas gifts for kids, make sure to read the age recommendations printed on the box or noted in the description. It’s important that the age recommendations match that of your child for safety reasons. If a toy needs batteries, don’t forget to include them in the box.

Unconditional Love

Keeping in mind that children are very influential, the best gift that we could ever give is unconditional love. Perhaps you can’t wrap it up or even add a fancy red bow, but that just goes to prove that the best things in life really are free.

Happy Holidays!

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Five Ideas To Spark Creativity In Kids

´╗┐´╗┐Five Ideas To Spark Creativity In Kids

Children are known to be very curious when it comes to knowing everything they wanted and they seemed to be very much interested about just anything around them. There are different ways on how you are going to make your child even more creative, but first you should know what they are more interested in.
Here are the five ideas to spark creativity in kids such as reading with your kids, build something together, play games together, watch television together, and draw together. Consider doing these things if you want your child to be more creative.
Reading with your kids is one of the fun things to do especially if you are reading with them their favorite story and you explain to them every detail of it. Reading alone will not spark creativity with your kids; you should entertain their questions and explain to them what they are trying to understand. Here you can say that they did really learn something from what you have read. If they are already able to read, you can also let them read it would you and afterwards you can discuss it to them, and ask them what they have learned from the story.
Another exciting thing is to build something together, if you want to teach your kids to be creative, let them build something with you together. It may be building a little play house, or build any fun things. You can let them suggest what is the best thing to do and how they wanted it to be like. In this situation you have just learned how creative they can get if you listened to them, and let them do things. If they have projects in school get involved with it but do not do it yourself.
Children love to play games and if you will just let them they wanted to do it all the time unless they get tired. However, if you want your kids to develop creativity play with them, and when you buy toys consider buying they can learn something. There are already toys that even toddlers can learn how to count number, and read the alphabet. Nowadays that computers are one of the kids toys, they would prefer playing it than other play things, so you must also play with them.
Kids love watching television especially those cartoon movies. Make sure they only watch movies where they can also learn something, and let them do it if they wanted to.
Through watching television your kids can see and learn a lot of things like music, motor skills such as dancing, and art. If your kids got interested with what they, let them do it. Provide them with all the drawing materials and draw together. You must be a great example to your kids so that you can make them creative individuals.
When children live each day aspiring to express themselves, they become imaginative, creative and free. It’s important that we instill in them the confidence that it’s alright to be creative and express their emotions, dreams and ideas through what they most love to do.

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Interior Decorating Book and Decorating Book club

Interior Decorating Book and Decorating Book club

Decoration Books is one of the best guides that help you to decorate your favorite places and things. In simple words with the help of decorating book you can decorate your house, garden, office, cakes, cookies, etc. This article specially speaks about Interior decorating book and provides you information as to how you can apply to be member of a decorating book club.

Interior Decorating Book

Interior Decorating Book is one of the best references for decorating the interior in your house. With the help of this book anyone can decorate the interior of his house. If you are intending decorating your children’s room, your kitchen, garden or your drawing room, this book provides you with different techniques of decorating. It is a well-informed book that contains some of the best tips for interior decorating.

It contains step by step chapters on how to use wallpapers, how to arrange or remodel the furniture, how to paint ceilings, wall, doorstep, doors, tips to decorate the room for youngsters, children and aged, and much more.

Decorating Book Club

Decorating Book Club not only provides free membership but also permits individuals to take a trial guide of the club. It offers some of the best unique selections in decoration book. It contains many topics in Decoration Books due to which many of its members are benefited. It has wide range of titles in cake decorating book, cookies decorating books, interior decorating books, home decorating books and much more. Apart from unique decorating books it also offers different kind of books relating to creativity.

Whether decorating is your hobby or profession it is always advisable to join decorating book club to improve your decorating skill. The books, which are offered by this club can bring creativity in different form and help you learn the art better. Decorating book club help you save a lot on specialized decorating books. It means that you can save on books like interior decorating, home improvement and landscaping books. These books help to improve your creativity and learn the art better.

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The Healing Potential of Art

The Healing Potential of Art

It is often said that art is an imitation of life. Art is a form of expression and a channel through which we convey ideas and feelings. It is a medium of expression of one’s creativity. Art is a product of human activity that stimulates the senses and evokes different types of emotions. It is the mind’s interpretation of what it perceives, and expresses it in symbols, words, drawings, music, dance, plays, etc. It comes from the mind of its creator.
If art imitates life and is an expression of human activity, then art can help us understand an individual’s state of being through his works. Throughout the centuries, many artists have used their art form for aesthetic as well therapeutic purposes. Many artists who understood the connection between art and healing based their assumptions on principles of human development, psychological theories, clinical practice, spirituality, multicultural and artistic traditions.
Art therapy is the therapeutic use of art by people who experience a variety of challenges in life, such as stress and emotional problems, anxiety and depression, illnesses and other health conditions. It is also for people who seek personal development and fulfillment.
Artistic creation and its processes increase self-awareness and the ability to cope with struggles in living which include coping with symptoms, stress, and traumatic experiences. Art therapy helps to enhance cognitive abilities and provides life-affirming pleasures.
In art therapy, creation may start with an urge to make a doodle or sketch, or with a certain feeling, dreams, memories or just a plain idea. The next step is to give it a physical form with the use of a clay or paint or any tool one would like to use for his creation. This is a creative play that provides a means to express something that has no word, or is not yet understood.
There are a number of reasons why people come to art therapy. Most people who are grieving the loss of a loved one, undergoing anxiety and depression, trauma, sexual abuse, and drug or substance addiction find relief and courage through their creativity. Others who are mending broken relationships, exploring their dreams, or seeking for renewal and meaning in their lives have found the depth of art therapy to be very helpful and effective.
Art therapy can provide a deep sense of safety as it becomes a trusted place where one can show images or expressions that a person considers to be private. Paintings, sculptures, and other forms of art offer a kind of nourishment, healing insights, and a fresh respect for one’s creativity. There are people who prefer to work in silence. But there are also times when a unique dialogue between a client and a therapist takes place. The finished art work remains a source of further reflection after the session.
For art therapy, the creative process and experience are given more emphasis than coming up with a beautiful product. A drawing of an ugly picture can be an important expression of suppressed anger, anxiety and depression. Just the act of picking up a crayon and making a mark can be a powerful expression to some people who have not done any art since grade school. Engaging in artworks can evoke feelings and relive memories of those days.
Art therapists are trained professionals in the field of aesthetics and therapy. They are experts about the healing potential of art. They use art for treatment, assessment, and research into psychological and emotional disorders. They provide consultations to allied professionals and work with people of all ages: individuals, couples, families, groups and communities. Services are provided individually or as part of clinical teams in different locations and big settings that include mental health, rehabilitation, medical and forensic institutions; community outreach programs; wellness centers; schools; nursing homes; corporate structures; open studios and independent practices.
To experience and to regain creativity can be empowering, as well as pleasurable. Connecting creativity with therapy greatly helps in exploring the struggles and challenges of daily normal life.

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Marketing Your Gift Basket Business

Marketing Your Gift Basket Business

There are many different types of businesses that one can get involved with, but one interesting and unique type of business that one can actually create by him or her self involves gift baskets. Even though there may be plenty of individuals around your city or nearby town that specialize in creating gift baskets for all different types of occasions, there is also plenty room for more gift basket businesses simply because the options and choices for gift baskets are wide and varied. Indeed, there may be a gift basket business that only creates products around the holiday time, but on the other hand if you want your gift basket business to stand out from the crowd then a good service to offer your customers is the creation of gift baskets all-year round!

Needless to say, though, if there indeed are many different gift basket businesses around your area then you will definitely want to have a marketing plan all lined up in order to attract customers and hopefully raise sales of your gift baskets. There are many different ways in which one can market his or her gift basket business, but there are three messages that need to show through whatever marketing technique you are going to use: creativity, customer appreciation, and variety!

Variety

Of course when it comes to the gift basket business the absolute best thing to do would be to diversify practically everything that you have. From the many types of gift baskets that you can have for your basket business down to the different products that should also be diversified, there are many things about your business that are already unique. Indeed, there are probably millions of types of gift baskets on the market today and having variety in the gift baskets that you create is of utmost importance to the advertising of your business! If you create custom gift baskets then this is one good thing to include when advertising among the many other qualities of your business.

Appreciation

As the gift basket business owner you will definitely want to show appreciation to the customers who patron your business. Showing your customer appreciation through special customer appreciation days, free gift basket samples, and discounts are good ways to attract new business with your advertising methods.

Creativity

Perhaps the greatest and most important characteristic that should show through when advertising your business is creativity. The potential customers of your gift basket business must know that you can be creative in the way that gift baskets are made and what’s better than showing them through your advertising of your business?

As mentioned, all three of these qualities should be displayed to whomever you are trying to advertise to. The variety of gift baskets, customer appreciation, and creativity are all three main important defining characteristics of your business! If people can easily see and understand these characteristics then chances are that you will have a better opportunity to gain more customers and increase your profit as well!

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