I include the following for sentimental value only. About ten years ago, I was a starving student going through the film program at the University of Utah. A local advertising agency announced an advertising scholarship contest. All I had to do was submit a portfolio of my work. The problem was I didn't have any as I was going through the film program not the advertising program.

To make a long story short, I spec'd up a bunch of ads and submitted them. I won. The agency then offered me a job as a copywriter (even though I thought my book was an art director's submission). At the chance of having a "real" job, I accepted the offer and never told anybody. This campaign for Notdogs was the first one I ever created. (I know, I know, the art direction blows.)