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Both my husband and I are Circus grads. I have had the rare good fortune of being taught, mentored, inspired and pushed to be better by not only Martha Gill but THE Sylvia Gaffney and the rest of the Circus staff and students. We both have student loans to pay (though half of what they would be had we chosen SCAD, AI or other creative schools whom have lower placement rates) like any other college student in America that does not have wealthy parents to foot the bill.
However, what we have that a lot of other schools do not provide- and this is not meant to be a competitive comment- is a network of insanely talented, forever supportive and extremely successful at what they do students, teachers and alumni. We are also both gainfully employed because of the support of The Circus- in a pitiful job market that is even more scarce for our industry in Atlanta, specifically. We owe far more to our Circus colleagues, friends and fellow alumni for their unwavering support and love than we ever could for our student loans. Our network is something that you simply cannot pay for. Period.
I have a life long background in fine art. I am an artist. Every single scrap of advertising I design is a piece of art. Because I am an artist and I created it. I put a piece of myself into every thing I do. The industry does not determine that. I, myself, determine that. Design is only as good, meaningful and artful as the designer designing it. That is something I learned at The Creative Circus.
I am also an artist that is grown up, has dependents and that has a mortgage to pay. Which is where the ad industry enters the picture for me. If you think that advertising and art cannot coexist, you should either beg Sylvia or Ron Moore or even Robert Lee to mentor you and show you why you are wrong...though maybe not. With your crumby attitude, I would not even bother. We weed people like you out in the first week of first quarter. We are far too busy growing, thinking, making and propelling each other forward to deal with stupidity, attitude problems, ignorance or people who spend more time destroying things than creating them. We collaborate A LOT at The Circus. But rarely with narrow minded jerks. Doing that would stop the flow.
Its a real shame that so many people cluttered up a great and on-point article, that is meant to spread the word about a unique and fantastic place that has been the vehicle for more successful careers in this industry than you or I can count. You are all as frustrating, unnecessary and unsolicited as an idiot client's comments on the creative piece I just submitted for approval.
To all of you who made negative and immature comments, that had nothing to do with the real purpose of this article...
My name is Tracee Savage. I am an Atlanta native and a proud, employed Creative Circus graduate. You can look up my public profiles wherever you want. They are all over the net. And every single one of them is a result of the training and preparation I received during the most rewarding, difficult, productive, grueling, helpful and amazing two years of my life. Which is also how I got a job that I love. Which is the purpose of going to college, isn't it? Hell, send me an email. Maybe I can help you get on the right path in life. Circus kids are not only known as being incredibly talented, well- crafted and unbelievably prepared but we are also known for being nice, tolerant and helpful. Because, clearly, you have not figured it out yet. How can I help you be a better person AND creative? Let me know.
To anyone that would like a reference- not a misinformed opinion- on The Creative Circus, based on an actual experience... Hell, send me an email too. Neither myself or my husband feel like we wasted one penny or one minute during that entire two years.
A lot of this review is spot on. This is a band that shaped a large part of my youth and only those that were there at that perfect moment- the moment before "alternative" music was even a term- really understand what I mean because they were shaped too. And yes, their new stuff is not their old stuff. But why is that considered weak or bad? I have have evolved. You have evolved. So have they. Why would you want to contain such a creative force in a little box and not cheer the (r)evolution on? Silly rabbits, stagnation is for algae ponds, not for creative forces and the people that embody them and are driven by them.
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