My friend Dani Thibodeau is always encouraging me to go to AD2ATX's events.* She's a board member so it's kind of her job.
*AD2ATX is the young professional sector of Austin Ad Fed for Advertising people under 32
On a mission to find interns, I made it out to Chat 'N Brew despite having a very hectic day and needing to pack for a conference the next day.
I couldn't figure out which side I fell on. Was I a young professional? Was I a mentor? Was I wearing underwear? It was unclear.
The room quickly split like the Red Sea and I was left in the middle. I raised a somewhat-unkempt eyebrow at Dani. We shrugged simultaneously and moved to the mentor side of the great divide.
In the course of 2.5 hours I met about 20 people who are mostly interested in working in advertising. I shared a table with a lady who worked in social media for large corporations. We got to know each other's professional lives pretty quickly. By the third round of table switches, we could tell each other's stories. By the 5th round of switches we were desparate for water. It was a lot of talking.
The mentally exhausting and laryngitis-causing experience was worthwhile overall. It was encouraging to see the genuine interest on people's faces as I described the internship program I'm building at work. Chat 'n Brew brought a renewed interest in the advertising world that I thought I had left behind a little after college.
One of these days I'll officially join AD2ATX.
By the way, I fancied a drink while at Walton's Fancy and Staple and enjoyed a champagne with lavender syrup. It gave me the the strength to be less awkward. I think...