Gabby’s Word 5 July 2012
It’s a great week here at Little Black Book. Why? I hear you ask. Well, aside from the amazing content that we’ve received over the last seven days, we’ve also expanded. That’s right. This Monday we welcomed a new member to the editorial team; Addison Capper, our new Junior Researcher.
As mentioned last week, the Little Black Book editorial team is small. In fact, since October this year, it’s been managed by myself, our publisher Sarah Cooper and the donated time that our Account Director, Katherine Peach could give us.
Thankfully, the three of us get on, especially in mine and Sarah’s case as both of us have had to spend the last 10 months communicating to one another on a daily basis, seven days a week. Addison is like a small beaming light to us. A miracle! I’m happy to say that this fresh-faced, straight out of university, 21 year old (yes, a wee nipper) is enthusiastic, impassioned and willing to learn. After spending five weeks with the Little Black Book team last summer, we were already aware of Addison’s potential, but there’s something truly exciting about a new talent and the possibilities that his life could bring.
All of us have started at some point as the runner, in work experience or fulfilling the menial roles just to get our feet in the door. My first experience of advertising was at the tender age of 15, when my director made me make him 10 cups of tea until I got it right. The perfect cuppa was photographed and placed on the wall for me to compare and contrast the future cha that I made him. I wish I still had that photo, because it was a lesson to learn. I made the decision about cup number four that I wanted this job and regardless of how mean he was to me… I was going to have it.
In my years, I’ve worked with many interns, work experience placements and runners and one of the great things about seeing those people now (and its always great to see them) is that you can’t help but feel amazing pride and awe at where they are and what they are doing, even when they eclipse you. No pressure Addison, but I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you. I, and the rest of the team, are thrilled to be able to give you your first step.
More recruitment news will come in the next week and I can’t wait to tell you about our other new member when they join. In fact, I’ll be asking them to introduce themselves to you as soon as they arrive.