Once A Pea, Always a Pea Posted on August 31, 2015 By Lars Struck A little over a year ago, I emailed Deirdre about the possibility of interning at the ad agency where she worked. Deirdre was my teacher in undergrad and she always spoke fondly of her workplace. It wasn’t long before I got an email back saying I should come in and interview. I had just finished another year at Florida State University and was ready to take the challenge of interning at a professional agency. It was a hot summer day and I had my resume ready to go as I walked up the wooden steps to the Pod. Immediately I was impressed by the design and creativity of the building; there were swashes of green on the walls, some cool portraits, and peas were everywhere. I realized then it was an old house that had been converted into an office building. I sat in the “living room” where Kristin and Deirdre interviewed me. They combed through my resume, asked me some questions, and then told me I could start Monday. I felt so nervous and excited at the same time. The day finally rolled around and I officially became a Pea of the Pod. The first few weeks were difficult for me. I wasn’t accustomed to the culture of the Pod and how friendly and easygoing everyone was. We all got lunch together, talked together, and hung out on the weekends occasionally. It was a lot more open than I expected it to be. One of the first things I remember is having “Frozen Friday” where we watched Frozen and drank margaritas. I don’t think any other company in the world would do something like that. I think it shows how differently we do things at the Pod. Over the next year, I would do all sorts of things like writing scripts, developing social media for clients, taking pictures, and even animating characters for an educational series. . One of the biggest things I realized working at the Pod was that jobs can be fun. We’re really fortunate to have a CEO that encourages our creativity whenever we come to work. When someone does a great job on a project, we all celebrate. So far in my experience, that’s not something typical of every business. This mentality really encourages everyone to bring out the best in themselves. It makes it refreshing to come to work each day. The skills I’ve gained along the way have been profound and far-reaching. Going on my first food photo shoot made me feel like a photography whiz and editing in After Effects has made me feel like an animation master. I’m happy I’ll be leaving here with a more rounded set of media abilities. In a few weeks, I’ll be entering the College of Motion Picture Arts at Florida State University to pursue my MFA in film production. Without a doubt, my experience at the Pod helped get accepted and will help me in future classes. Wherever I go, it’s great knowing there’s always room in the Pod for an old pea like me. We wish Lars much success on his next adventure in life and cannot wait to see what great things he is sure to accomplish! Thank you Lars for all of your contributions to making Blooming Creative work for our clients. #OnceAPeaAlwaysAPea!