What Skills are Needed to Succeed in Advertising?

Fredrik Carlström is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Creative Director of Great Works America, a full-service digital marketing and communications agency that represents a diverse range of clients including Absolut Spirits Company, H&M and Nokia. In his dual roles, Carlström, a veteran marketing executive and acclaimed film producer, utilizes his deep and broad experience in both marketing and entertainment to spearhead Great Works America"s mission to create innovative and cutting-edge campaigns that engage consumers and encourage them to interact with leading brands.

Carlström joined Great Works America in February 2007 when the company opened in New York and signed an exclusive partnership with Carlström"s Third Factory, a film production company — the first deal of its kind between an advertising agency and a film production company. This partnership marked the transformation of Great Works America into a marketing agency that bridges the worlds of advertising, art, media and entertainment.

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Question: What Skills are needed to Succeed in Advertising?

Fredrik Carlstrom: I think-- you know, advertising people get a lot of crap, and I think a lot of them deserve it. But advertising and design people, are also some of the most well-rounded people I’ve ever met. You know, usually they’re very funny. They don’t take themselves too serious. They know that advertising is not important at the end of the day. You try to make something that doesn’t intrude too much, and sell a product, or make people think. But I think that the really good-- I mean, I think this goes for everything. Like it doesn’t matter what you do. You know, humbleness. The idea of like going-- a good designer or a good architect, or a good copywriter, you go to a bar, or you go on down the street, and they kind of listen and wonder. I have a good friend of mine who’s a designer. He always touches things, and he always tries to-- he always wonders why, and why did that bar-- why is it placed over there? It would be better if it was over there, and then you’d have-- you know, it’s that kind of process of thinking about fellow people, I suppose. And I think that a good copywriter needs to be someone who listens.


Recorded on: 6/12/08