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Chicago’s Creative Survival Kit

What makes FCB's creative team tick? What inspires them to persevere through one more pitch?  A few of our Chicago-based creatives shared a peek into their survival kits.​


Courtney Harris, Associate Copywriter​

  1. Lucky Strikes
  2. Steady supply of caffeine 
  3. Secret stash of Post-Its 
  4. Back bone
  5. Well-loved thesaurus ​


Rhett Hildebrandt, Associate Art Director

  1. Daily exercise
  2. Frequent viewings of Disney movies
  3. 10-hour YouTube video of "Dubstep Cat"
  4. Absorbing prehistoric savageness from dinosaur paraphernalia around my desk
  5. A secret stash of cookies
  6. The undying love and support of my countless fans around the world. I couldn't do this without you.


Jeremy Graham, Associate Copywriter

  1. 1960's record player that only plays Dave Brubeck's "Take 5" 
  2. Acoustic guitar that used to belong to a scruffy dust bowl era hobo
  3. A freshly baked loaf of my mom's banana bread
  4. My torn-up sweatpants that my girlfriend keeps asking me to throw away
  5. Well-kept cuticles


Alf Zapata, Associate Copywriter

  1. Pens
  2. Pencils
  3. Protractors
  4. Parmesan cheese
  5. Penicillin


Faye Ibars, Associate Copywriter

  1. A good night's sleep. I'm talking 9-10 hours. Otherwise my brain doesn't work.
  2. GIFs. If I can't express an idea via a GIF, then I throw it out.
  3. Emojis. Ditto.
  4. Tina Fey – her book, her show, her everything.
  5. A stapler. To hold it all together.