I took a bit of a circuitous route to get into advertising. Majored in Philosophy with a concentration in Public Policy, but while i was in school I started working at a law firm in an IT department. As a helpdesk analyst. Teaching lawyers how to right click. Soon enough I was more interested in the technology than I was in law.
So when I graduated, I kept it up. And about a year or so later, the firm I was working for had an idea for an online legal service. Suddenly I was a product manager working with companies like Wal-Mart, Pfizer, Sears, and Coach. It changed my life.
Meanwhile, I was trying my hand at freelance journalism. Had an ok time of it, but wasn't really committed to a lifetime of chasing stories. I wanted to write a book. Like a real book. So I did.
It never was published, but a year away from the firm helped me figure out what I really wanted to do. And that was make cool stuff. The problem was, I didn't want to work on the same thing every single day, year after year. Not when there were so many awesome things I could be doing. A friend suggested advertising. And he was right. Turns out it's a hell of a good time.