Laura Jordan Bambach, CCO Grey London
No long walks for me, no gardening or picking up a new hobby. I wasn’t one of the lucky ones – after leaving the office for lockdown one Friday, by Monday morning I was sick as a dog, being cared for with cups of tea and kind words, and banished to the spare room for the next three weeks. Thank goodness for the sunshine and an awesome family. And that’s how I crawled through the tail end of leaving the business I co-founded 7 years ago and planning the start at Grey London. One of the toughest and most emotional moments of my career to date. Was it coronavirus, heartbreak and lack of sleep? Who knows. But it certainly knocked my sideways.
Saying farewell to dear friends and partners in crime happened mostly with the video off so I could remain horizontal. Handing over the reins on the best briefs and clients I’d worked on in a long time – big, noisy, beautiful and unconventional work for great organisations really trying to change the world for the better – while knowing my voice would only hold out for a few hours a day.
All this with the excitement of the next chapter in my work life. The introduction to a new and wonderful team. Navigating new structures and understanding how I can make the biggest positive impact at a time when everyone is apart. And then comes the practicalities – how and when to start a new role while social distancing is still in place.
But as creative folk we have a transformational superpower – we’re used to change and we’re great at adapting. Creativity thrives in situations like this, and the best things to come out of bad situations are great ideas.
I’m back on my feet now. Working on my side hustles, my series of paintings “Sun of Spam” and making chilli jam. Ready to jump in and make wonderful things again.