Hired as a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I went to work some years ago with a group of the best copywriters around. We belonged to the broader creative team within 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 within the Human Resources group as editor of the corporate internet. I was hired and today I write and edit and am enjoying the change.
A long and winding road:
My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With 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 Network. When my paychecks stopped coming from CBS Productions 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 others; 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.
January 2012—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 worked as a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself working a wide variety of creative projects. And day-to-day, I’m smiling more often than not.