In the second grade, I wrote a story about a dog in outer space. 20 years later and my fiction skills have only modestly improved, but my passion for writing is still burning. I got my start in advertising as a traffic manager. It gave me a solid understanding of the inner workings of an agency and allowed me to develop skills many copywriters lack. I learned how to work quickly under a deadline, have empathy for account people and balance multiple projects. I scrappily made my way to the account side, and have since been writing copy for everything from potato skins to cars.