I could’ve gone with a normal photo of myself holding the award, but I think this gives you a better idea of what the experience was like for me. I was nervous, speechless, and pretty much in shock for the few days I spent at the Cannes Lions Festival.
And it was awesome.
A lot has happened since my last post. When something pretty monumental happens in my life, I’m never quite sure how to handle it. On one hand, it makes perfect sense to do a post on it. But on the other hand, some things are so big that I’m never quite sure how to begin writing about them. My Coca-Cola poster winning the Grand Prix at The Cannes Lions is one such example (for the uninitiated: it’s like winning an Oscar within the industry).
I’m extremely gratefully for all this, and I really want to thank everyone — from my parents to my classmates, not to mention the wonderful people at Ogilvy (especially to Graham for offering me the chance in the first place of course). It was too overwhelming for me to post something here. Which is funny. I have no problem posting on Facebook or tweeting about it, but maybe it’s because my Tumblr doubles as my pseudo-portfolio at the moment, it has a kind of sanctity I don’t want to ruin with a poorly-thought-out post. And the whirlwind of activity surrounding me just doesn’t give me a lot of time to think and write properly.
And this is why, although I consider myself pretty social media savvy, I’m now blogging about something that happened nearly a month ago. I’m sure the PR guys at Ogilvy are mad at me for not talking about this nearly enough.
CREDITS: I took this photo from Ad Boarding Pass — a blog run by Martin Murphy from Ogilvy, who is in charge of this Coke account, and arranged many things for me throughout my stay at Cannes. Thanks Martin! Click the link for his post on our experience at Cannes. He writes far more thoroughly than I do.