Testify!: AAAFFF Testimonials From Real (and Former!) Ad Pros

I’ll plan to update these regularly, but for now, here are just a few of the comments that have come across my desk at the AAAFFF since taking over the ED position:

“I have worked for the past 4 years (since I graduated from a very prestigious culinary school) doing R&D for a food manufacturer . . . Boy, throwing away 5,000 pre-packaged hamburger buns when they don’t get used is even more egregious when you wake up to CNN telling you that people are rioting in Haiti and Egypt because they can’t afford a loaf of bread. Poor people are so silly. I’m all ready to quit my job so that I can devote my time to the theatre which is my true love . . .” .” —Midwestern Ad Man

“Today, after my job, I was walking to my apartment and felt sad, because, after a good weekend, my work today was a #%$# (censured). It’s not life to live, 10 hours and only business, business. Some people want to sell agriculture machines and technology and I spend my time on it?” —Brasilia Ad Man

“Throughout my studies I’ve found myself questioning if advertising is the right industry for me. I’m in love with the creative process, but not as interested in the products it’s being centered around.”—New York Ad Woman

“[The AAAFFF is] enough to make me wish I could leave advertising all over again. . . . I left advertising, but I never got a GIANT NOVELTY CHECK! I didn’t even get a normal-sized severance package. I guess I did get a pretty nice unemployment income for a while. Advertising is inherently evil, though, I am glad I am not doing that anymore. It is better to starve righteously.” —Minneapolis Painter

“We’ve seen your website at http://antiadvertisingagency.com/projects/foundation-for-freedom and we love it! We see that your traffic rank is 602777 and your link popularity is 26. Also, you have been online since 19/06/2004. With that kind of traffic, we will pay you up to $4,800/month to advertise our links on your website. If you’re interested, read our terms from this page: [website deleted for privacy concerns].” — Internet Ad Man

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  1. Seriously, you really got that last email? Hysterical! Kinda like when I was invited to attend a forum on how to best market products to mommy bloggers.

  2. Oh yeah, that’s for real. And I wrote back:

    Thanks for your email. I really appreciate you visiting our site. Sometimes I wonder if anyone actually reads it you know? But you have and you like it, and I am so glad.

    So, let’s get down to business, shall we? What kind of ads are we talking about here? Personally I am up for anything, as you can see by the content on my site, haha!

    Let me know and great to hear from you,


    Steve Lambert, CEO
    the Anti-Advertising Agency

  3. It just never stops being hilarious does it?

  4. lisa miller says:

    i love your site. how do you do it? i am a staunch anti-advertising creative, who left lucrative broadcast television jobs to start an NGO in cambodia. i am in my 40’s and you will find barely a hint of me anywhere! the only problem:
    money. i don’t have any!

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