You can start your career as a crocodile and work your way up to copywriter…

My advertising career began as PA on set for a now defunct cable company’s commercial. An extra didn’t show, so I was asked to suit up and star as their crocodilian mascot. As I danced on the hot tarmac like an idiot, I remember peering through my mesh breathing holes and catching a glimpse of a group of chic, unamused people huddled around video village — scratching their chins, nibbling on snacks, and calling the shots. From within my heavy costume I thought, “I should do that instead.”

A few months later I Googled “portfolio school near me,” and found the VCU Brandcenter (.09 miles away).

I shot off an application, got in, and the rest is on the RESUME.