The inspiration that leads a person down a certain career path can take many forms. Some are inspired by the courses they took in school. Some by movies. Some by their geographic surroundings. Frank owes everything to his parents. No, this is not the standard case of nepotism where junior inherits the family business. It’s because of his given name: Frank Advertising Print Blog Creative Digital Skrillex Oles. Had Frank’s middle name been “Hotdog” or “Girth”, he might have gone down a very different path. But the advertising world just seemed to fit.
Now, having a middle name that includes Blog doesn’t make life very easy as a child. In fact, nobody had any idea what a blog was back in the 80s. Today it’s a happy coincidence indeed! But those lumps he took on the playground as children derided him with barbs like “Hey Print Creative, where’s your tagline?!” are all a distant memory now that his many names have inspired him to achieve greatness. Who’s laughing now, Jack Jiffylube McClusky?
When Frank entered the University of Illinois, he realized that it was time to make his middle name Advertising really mean something. In addition to studying hard and perfecting his portfolio, Frank helped start the student advertising agency Illini Design.
After getting his start in advertising at The Kimball Group agency, Frank moved on to DDB Chicago. Instead of being mocked for having a name like “Digital” or “Print Ad”, Frank went on to create work and live up to his name in the Television, Print and Digital realms for clients such as Bud Light, McDonald’s, State Farm, Mars-Wrigley and Volkswagen. And although his middle name isn’t Cannes or Clio, his work has been recognized by those awards organizations and others.
Frank’s next adventure in Advertising was at Leo Burnett Chicago. As a Creative Director on the McDonald’s account, his accomplishments included shooting 34 spots in one day, and taking a spot from concept to full production (featuring a wedding!) in just 2 days. His work on the campaign for the Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich helped make that new product launch the most successful in McDonald’s history.
Currently, Frank is available as a freelance Creative Director and Writer. His broad base of experience on accounts ranging from banking and QSRs to packaged goods and retail makes him an extremely versatile creative and a clutch player on tight deadlines.
Although Frank doesn’t usually refer to himself in the third person or engage in illeism, he did write this bio himself. He’d like to thank you for taking the time to peruse his website and discover how he strives to live up to his many names.