Side Hustle with Mikey Harmon
Throughout my ongoing journey at McCann, I’ve heard a lot of stories from a lot of people. While it’s clear everyone seems to find their own unique way into advertising, what I’ve noticed is the thing they enjoy most is usually the people they meet along the way…in other words, the community this business creates.
If you look up “community” in the dictionary, it’s defined as a group of people congregating in the same place or having specific characteristics in common. And even though this Midtown high-rise is nice, it would be just another building with desks and computers without the people like you and me — artists, musicians, creators, innovators, problem solvers, communicators, etc. that manifest its personality. If I had to choose one thing the advertising industry offers that I’ve fallen in love with, it would easily be the emphasis we put on not only being good at what we do, but also pursuing our passions outside of the workplace. The driving force that makes all of that possible is everyone in our creative community is willing to help one another continue and better their craft. Mikey Harmon, an art director for McCann NY, is a perfect example of everything I’ve mentioned above.
Just last weekend, Mikey finished shooting a film he wrote and directed titled “ME TOO,” about a young man who is exhausted by the solitude of New York and creates a clone of himself that he soon begins to fall in love with.
When Mikey first started explaining the project to me, I’m not going to lie -- I thought it was just something he and a few friends were doing for fun. But it quickly became clear that Mikey’s got a bright future in filmmaking ahead of him. He explained that in the film’s beginning stages, he never thought the project would have grown to its current scale. Now I’m not trying to downplay the months of countless late nights and short weekends he’s endured to make his endeavor possible. However, one of the most amazing parts of this project, in my opinion, is that his connections through McCann helped him find professional actors, producers, editors, shooting and audition space, and more. Not to be cliché but it really does go to show that if you put your mind to something, anything is possible.
Creative minds attract like-minded individuals…the proof is all around you. Our space happens to be a skyscraper in the middle of the most insomnia plagued town in the world. But I guess you could say without all of us, this would just be another average city too.
Mikey wanted me to give a special thanks to these McCanners that have been pivotal in his project’s development: Lauren Bauder, Adam Koehler, Rick Cohen, Mel Senecal, John Reilly, Karen Hartigan, Nathan Troester, Lia Kastrinakis.
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Take a look at the screenshots from a few scenes below: