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February 23, 2010 / Adam + Dan

The worst things about being in a Creative Team

[tweetmeme source=”adamanddan” only_single=false] Ok, we’ve only been graduated just under a year, but we feel we’ve got to know the worst things about being in a Creative Team. Some of these might be relative to just us. Who knows? Feel free to send in your own by commenting on the post, we’ll happily add to them.

1) 80% assume you’re gay. 20% assume you’re gay together.

2) If you have a joint Twitter page, people think you do everything together. E.G “What a long day, time for a nice sleep” – Does not mean we get into a double bed tucked up, read for a bit before shouting “lights out” complaining of a headache. We simply write in the plural.

3) When you introduce yourself, you do it in name order and expect everyone to know you by your Twitter name.

4) People find it weird when one of you has a hair cut and the other one doesn’t (Yes! You – @JennySimeone)

5) Everyone addresses you as one, you are no longer your own person.

6) If you are seen on your own, people immediately think the other has died.

7) No we do not share our girlfriends (even though they are friends)

8 ) You find yourself having marriage rows over stupid little stuff that wouldn’t make the slightest difference.

9) People liken you to Ant and Dec (however we like to brand ourselves more Mitchell and Webb)

10) People liken you to Jedward (but that normally comes with a P45)

11) When you miraculously order the same food because you just so happen to like the same thing on the menu, people make that ‘arrrrrrh’ sound.

12) When one is absent, the other will at least once get asked if they ‘are ok’ due to the others absence.

13) People always ask how you met and expect a nice story. We’re not engaged.

14) When people phone, they always ask is that Adam or Dan? Either our mum’s.

15) When you tell people what you do, they don’t understand that you can get a job as a ‘team’ or do they understand than being creative requires two.

So there you have it. We’ll probably add to this as we remember more annoying things.

But no matter how much it bugs us, we wouldn’t change it. Being creative is an awesome job.

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  1. Jacqui / Feb 23 2010 14:50

    16) When someone asks you where the other is, the response “I don’t know” either makes you look like you heartlessly don’t care where they are or that you’re irresponsible for “misplacing” them.

  2. shib / Feb 23 2010 14:57

    If you have a joint Twitter page, people think you do everything together. E.G “What a long day, time for a nice sleep” – Does not mean we get into a double bed tucked up, read for a bit before shouting “lights out” complaining of a headache. We simply write in the plural

    to be fair, you do both sleep on the same floor, read a bit (or play on champ man) and then annouce you’re going bed.

    Funny post though 😀

  3. AP / Feb 23 2010 14:57

    HAHA

    all very true

    by living together point 1 has another level, no we don’t share a double bed, we have separate rooms.

    if we happen to accidently be wearing the same coloured shirts, 1 will change out of the fear of embarrassment (we normally take it in turns)

    if i happen to be more than 5 feet away, we get asked if we’ve fallen out or had a fight.

    we’re referred to as Dick and Dom, Ant and Dec or Mark and Sam.

    Every joint email is signed Chris then Andy, even if i’ve written it, which probably doesnt help the confusion

    and i think if any of the above applies… the people in the agency know you’re there/like you. which is always a good sign

  4. Mike Cuthell / Feb 23 2010 23:15

    Brilliant, I did a post on it a while back

    http://mikeandphil.blogspot.com/2009/04/were-team-not-couple.html

    We should get together and make a little booklet about it. Haha

  5. Rob Mortimer / Feb 24 2010 14:02

    Which one are you again??

  6. Adey / Feb 26 2010 00:45

    the weird thing is – i’ve worked in marketing/digital for 15 years and come to the conclusion that great creative comes from odd numbers – 1s, 3s, 5s. it seems a strange model that pairs are still the norm in TV land.

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