For episode five I’ve left the UK to chat to a goshdarn, rootin’ tootin’ American.
Jeff Labbe actually started as a fine artist, hay deliveryman and rodeo rider. From there he became a graphic designer and sort of fell into a job at one of the best agencies in the world, working on Nike at W&K Portland. After that he ended up doing even better work at Chiat/Day in San Francisco, joining Leo Burnett Chicago for a short spell, and finally becoming a highly-awarded director.
During our chat we discuss…
How to get a job from a guy by telling him his business cards are shit.
How Jeff became a bullrider then nearly died, but not from riding bulls.
The best way to negotiate a salary increase with Dan Wieden.
What it was like to work on Nike at W&K Portland in its prime.
Why you should sometime paper your walls with old ads, work 20-hour days and go two years without a holiday.
How your home movies can almost become a Superbowl ad.
Why being a stallion is better than being a quarter horse.
How to create a catchphrase that lasts 17 years (and counting).
How proactivity can beat briefs.
How you can still get a lot out of a job that’s not right for you.
Which Def Leppard song to dance to if you want to meet your wife.
Whether or not you should have a directing style.
The pros and cons of treatments.
How advertising has become more dynamic.
And why he’s committed to the UK.
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Here’s the early footage Jeff filmed at home before taking it to Dan Weiden years later and having him suggest it as Nike’s Superbowl spot:
That first spot that became a Superbowl spot:
Chicks Dig The Long Ball:
Beware Of Things Made In October:
Nintendo ‘School’s Out’:
Jeff’s Levi’s ad, which I would describe as ‘cool’:
Barnado’s Break The Cycle: