AAF-Cleveland exists to shine a light a light on the individuals and organizations that make up the region’s advertising community. And we know that the brilliant, strategic work coming out of Cleveland is just the tip of the iceberg. Our 5 to 9 posts will feature work from members of the Cleveland advertising community that has been created outside of office hours. The personal pursuits. The pet projects. The labors of love.
Copywriter at Marcus Thomas
How I’m involved with AAF-Cleveland:
I’ve attended AAF events, including the ADDYs for the past several years.
What do you do at Marcus Thomas?
Besides drinking coffee and making bad jokes, I get to help a team of crazy-talented people solve impossible challenges and advance our clients’ goals. My arm is black and blue, because I’m still pinching it.
What do you create after your 9 to 5 job?
I make music. I write and perform with my husband Dave Douglas in our pop rock band Attack Cat and in a few other projects, including a new band, which is currently nameless. In Attack Cat, we combine pop arrangements with rock sounds like gritty guitars and driving beats.
How did you discover your “5 to 9” passion? What inspired you?
I come from a musical family. My mom’s dad was a big band singer in the military during World War II and then in New York City afterwards. My dad’s dad was a gospel/bluegrass musician. When I was a kid, my mom used to play the piano to accompany her sisters at church. I loved those solos. As soon as I could, I joined the children’s choir, got a solo in the church play and got hooked. After that, I studied classical vocal performance and then minored in it in college. That’s when I met my husband and we started making music together.
Great music amplifies everything. It’s universal, but not entirely tangible. You can’t always put your finger on why you love your favorite song. But you know how it makes you feel. I love the mystery and the challenge of that. Every song I write feels like a code I want to crack.
How has membership/participation in AAF-Cleveland inspired you or your work?
The AAF community boasts some generous and talented members. It never hurts to know people like that.
How can we learn more about your work?
Visit our website to learn more.