Cindy Gallop is a communicator, an extraordinarily compelling and direct communicator, who’s got a very clear message for the mostly white men sitting atop the advertising industry and overseeing the majority of creative departments: You need to start listening to people other than other white men if you want to own the future.
I saw Cindy speak at SXSW a few years back. She was brutal in her frankness, easily the funniest speaker there, and was fully in-control of a very, very large room. It’s good to see someone so talented fighting for what is good and right in the world.
Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t link to Heidi Hackemer’s Medium post about her experiences in the industry as a woman. She has inspired me for years with her thinking about life and strategy and motoing a moto around the country. It blows my mind that she’s had to put up with this shit. She is brilliant.
You have the platform. You have the level of recognition.
So why do I have the platform and the recognition?
At this point you’ve put in the time.
There you go. There’s no way around that. There’s people that say: “It’s not fair. You have all that stuff.” I wasn’t born with it. It was a horrible process to get to this. It took me my whole life. If you’re new at this — and by “new at it,” I mean 15 years in, or even 20 — you’re just starting to get traction. Young musicians believe they should be able to throw a band together and be famous, and anything that’s in their way is unfair and evil. What are you, in your 20s, you picked up a guitar? Give it a minute.