FORMing My Career at Wray Ward

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    December 14, 2016

FORMing My Career at Wray Ward

Agency Life

Moving to Charlotte for a job was never something I planned. It just happened. 

I went to school in New York before moving back to my hometown of Boston to work for the Blue Man Group. Yes, THE Blue Man Group.

I have family connections in Charlotte, and they told me about an opportunity they thought sounded perfect for me. Unfortunately, when I researched Wray Ward’s FORM internship, I learned the application deadline was only a few days away. 

Talk about pressure.

I made a video within 24 hours and submitted it with my application. I had no time to shoot actual video, so I made a moving storyboard composed of sketches. It all happened so quickly that I didn’t think I would get a call back. But Rusty Williams, Wray Ward’s studio director and FORM chief, said when the team saw my video, they knew I was the one for FORM’s motion team position.

P.S. – Rusty is the best. If you intern at Wray Ward, he’s your go-to person. Plus, he takes the snazzy Wray Ward headshots for LinkedIn and our website.

If you’re interested in a creative career and are thinking about applying to FORM:

Take the leap

When Wray Ward offered me the internship, I had mixed emotions. It was an amazing opportunity, but it was so far away from home. I was in Massachusetts – my comfort zone. My parents and friends were all there, and this opportunity was in unfamiliar territory, at a creative marketing agency with 90 unfamiliar faces. 

Moving to a different state for a two-month internship was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. Wray Ward isn’t just a production house, and it definitely isn’t a small, public access TV station like the one where I previously interned. I almost let my fear of making the big leap keep me from one of the best decisions of my life. 

But I didn’t. 

My aunt and uncle were generous enough to let me live with them in Uptown Charlotte, giving me a comfortable home base during my internship. This was just one of the many puzzle pieces that came together to make FORM happen for me.

Be a sponge

Interning on the motion team was a blast. My team was amazing and genuinely wanted me to learn. They pushed me outside of my comfort zone and helped me gain more confidence in my abilities and myself. My internship wasn’t about fetching coffee; it was about growing as a person and a pro.

During that two-month period, I collaborated with some of the most talented people in the industry. My team put me on every shoot they could and invited me to sit in on client meetings. Me – a nervous intern. They brought me in as part of the team from the start, and they valued my work.

While I was part of the motion team, I was also part of a team of six interns. We were in different departments across the agency, but we came together to create a comprehensive, integrated marketing campaign geared toward millennials. We did that all within eight weeks’ time and presented our final product to agency leaders.

While we were only together for two months, our group became extremely close. And FORM opened my horizons to the world of marketing. I only knew the video side of things when I started, but FORM gave me a real taste of what agency life is like and jump-started my career.

Think about where it can lead.

That is, lots of places.

I don’t live with my aunt and uncle uptown anymore. Now I live in my own Dilworth apartment, a quick, four-minute drive from the Wray Ward office in Charlotte. That’s right: I loved my FORM internship so much that I didn’t want to leave. Today, I’m an assistant content developer on the motion team and work alongside the talented people who taught me, believed in me and encouraged me to go after my dreams. 

And it all started with FORM. 

Take my advice: take the leap and apply here. Be yourself, and don’t be afraid to say “yes” to an opportunity that just might change your life. 

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