Anderson said that writing the lyrics was “the easiest part.”
“Because the money approved, I had to actually put in some substance,” Anderson said. “It couldn’t just all be fun and glitz and glamour. So, I packed in some fun selling points along with it.”
But fun was definitely the assignment when it came to filming the music video. It’s an over-the-top, playful appeal to potential team members. Anderson’s rhymes play over images of Canvas employees dancing and repping branded swag. Over 30 team members from the agency’s Playa Vista office participated in the video, as well as Zoom additions from outposts in New York, Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas. Even Paul Woolmington, Canvas’ CEO, steals multiple scenes dancing in the streets of NYC.
“When I pitched this to the executive team,” said Anderson, “I was like, this is either going to be the best idea you’ve ever heard or the worst idea you’ve ever heard. There is no middle ground. You will love this or you will hate this. No in betweens.”
The idea for “Wait Til You See These Gigs (at Canvas Worldwide)” came from Anderson’s evaluation of what agencies were missing in their recruitment processes. Inundating candidates with posts and messages on LinkedIn didn’t groove with him. He wanted to do something that would let applicants “know a little bit about our culture and some of the unique people that make this place really special.”
“We arrived at this idea that we’re really serious about the business, but we’re never going to take ourselves too seriously,” said Anderson. “We’re going to have some fun at our own expense…When we were reading in every trade that’s out there about how challenging it was to hire and how everyone was fighting over the same six people, the thought I had was just we’ve got to stand out.”
Ultimately, Anderson hopes that the music video proposes a challenge to other agencies in the industry to inject their identity and mission deeper into their recruiting efforts, rather than stopping at reposting the same listing or upping referral bonuses.
“This is the industry that gets motivated by competitors,” said Anderson. “We see something cool that they’re doing, so we gotta go and respond to that. I would love if other agencies see this and are like, ‘You know what? They’re right. We should do something more to promote the industry,’ because I do think what’s great about advertising—especially with all the disciplines that sit inside of it on media and creative—are that you can come in from other industries.”
Anderson said he can already imagine the critical Fishbowl posts about his recruitment video, but he’s excited to be on a team willing to dig into his silly ideas with him—and to add a few more as a result.