After nearly a year of following Eric Proulx on Twitter last night I finally saw the fruits of his labor come together in the short film, Lemonade. The basic premise of the movie is simple, they interviewed a group of individuals that had great positions at huge national agencies. They tapped into their emotions on how they felt when it happened, afterwards, and finally, how they started to pick up the pieces.The film follows a group of extraordinary individuals that all come from the same industry, but all find their place and niche in life after they are let go from the corporate world.
I personally have never been laid off (knock on wood, BIG TIME), but I have, however, witnessed many coworkers and friends go through this awful process. While what they have gone through is disheartening and terrible, what the on lookers had to witness during the layoffs was heart wrenching. I won’t go into details, but there was a period of my life where I shook at my desk for several months, worried that someday the call would come for me.
I encourage anyone who works in advertising, was laid off in the past year, or is just curious of what it might be like to have a blank slate to go see Lemonade. For more information, check this out here: http://lemonademovie.com or on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lemonade-the-movie/
My office, 53 State St in Boston affords me one of the best views in the entire city, maybe even the entire advertising world. I know this is a tall claim, but it’s gorgeous! My office moved from the Boston landmark the John Hancock tower just over a year ago. While there has been a bit of angst on behalf of the employees of my company, in general we love our downtown set up. I am one of the lucky few that has an impressive view of Downtown Boston, the Harbor, Logan Airport, and sometimes even the North and South shore on ultra clear days.
Given that my “pod mates” and I have a firm hold on some very valuable real estate, we liken ourselves to company town criers. We announce any strange occurrences, whether it be a large boat pulling into port, snipers on the building next door, a practice fire drill going on at Logan airport, or even just a stray balloon floating into the abyss.
Today, was no exception. I returned back to my desk today after a meeting with my boss to see a large cluster of people peering outside our large windows looking down at State St directly below us. What was unfolding underneath us was a massive amount of firetrucks parking and sending ladders up to a Boston office window. They also completely sectioned off one of the busiest streets in the entire financial district.
We never formally found out what happened, but there are theories out there. Take a look below to see for yourself.
I am going to start an office photo Flickr feed, so be sure to stay tuned to breaking news office pictures.
Welcome to my all new and improved professional blog! I’m still going to maintain http://www.endlessrunner.wordpress.com, but I wanted to challenge my skills and professional growth in the blogosphere.
Be sure to stay tuned to see new posts on my own professional growth, industry news and opinions. I’m also going to pepper in general musings about my life working in advertising and living in the Boston.