Hired as a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I went to work in 2012 with a group of the best copywriters around. We belonged to the internal agency creative team in Brand+Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing and Communications. When the winds of organizational change began blowing, I took notice. I applied for a position in the Human Resources group as editor of the corporate internet. I was hired and today I edit, and write, and enjoy my days.
A Long and Winding Road
My path to T. Rowe Price wasn’t a straight shot. With a scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. I was in dozens of TV commercials, traveled the U.S. in a couple of plays, performed twice at Lincoln Center, and nailed a soap opera contract with CBS Television. When my paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising, retooled my education, and switched careers.
Over the years I have owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked with Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Maude, Sanford and Son, The Jeffersons, Mary Hartman-Mary Hartman, and People for the American Way; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance. Desi and I remained friends until his death. In 1989, I began freelancing as a copywriter full-time and didn’t look back.
My rep at Boss Group called with an assignment. He began by saying, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills I want to speak to you about…”
I worked as a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August. Eight years later, I find myself working a wide variety of creative projects, collaborating with truly smart people, and—day-to-day—smiling more often than not.