National Parents’ Day was Sunday, July 27, in the U.S. The holiday was established in 1994 by the U.S. Congress to “recognize, uplift and support the role of parents in the rearing of children.” Children bring a lot to our lives – and our careers! In recognition of the day, a few FCB parents shared their children’s impact on their creativity and work.
“As a creative director, making things is what I do. I’m proud of many of the commercials and campaigns that I’ve made, but my two kids are my masterpieces. Every day they fuel my creativity with their optimism, laughter and open-mindedness. Being a working mom has brought new meaning to the phrase ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’ Fortunately I have a big village.” – Myra Mazzei, VP, Creative Director, FCB Chicago (kids shown above)
“My kids are my barometer. Their unfettered optimism and zest for new adventures is constantly inspiring. They set my course in the morning and recalibrate me at night. Their lens on life reminds me daily what truly matters.” – Jennifer Comiteau, SVP, North American Director of Corporate Communications, FCB (Foote, Cone & Belding)
“In order to be creative, you need to be happy. And she makes me happier than ever.” – Ariel Abramovici, Creative Director, FCB Garfinkel
“My daughter, Adeline (5), has inspired me to never (ever, ever) give up once I’ve put my mind to something, and she’s greatly helped me hone my negotiation skills over the last couple of years. My son, Isaac (7 weeks), has been reminding me daily that no matter how hard the situation (or how tired I may be), patience and nurturing are essential to a positive outcome. In all seriousness, I feel a tremendous responsibility to always perform at my best in an effort to be a positive influence in their lives.” – Josh Blacksmith, SVP, Management Director, FCB Chicago
“The eyes of a child have a unique lens, one that has no limits on ideas and one of endless possibilities. Children find fun in the mundane and bring new meaning to ‘out-of-the-box.’ With them, there is no box. Well, most of the time, there is no box.” – Nickie Cecola, Recruiting Manager, FCB Chicago
“There are plenty of ways that having children inspire your creativity. You become a performer and a problem solver the day they’re born. But one of the more useful ways kids stoke your creativity is they require you to express things in roundabout ways – ways you’d never think to explore if you were talking to a peer. The language and experience gap between them and you challenge you to create connections you didn’t consider before.” – Gary Resch, EVP, Executive Creative Director, FCB Garfinkel