At the end of the academic year, CCAD presents the faculty selected outstanding seniors for each undergraduate major. Today, in part one of our nine-part series, meet Advertising & Graphic Design outstanding senior Lillie Templeton.
Q: What was your proudest achievement while at CCAD?
Q: What scared you the most while you were at CCAD?
Probably being so far away from my family in North Carolina—it was a really big transition from a small town to a big city.
Q: What are your plans after graduation?
I currently have a job as a designer at SBC Advertising; I was hired in January, and I am really happy to be a part of the team. I am primarily working with the Bed Bath & Beyond team, and I have worked on their email, their campus and beyond campaigns, their bridal campaigns, and just a little bit of everything.
Q: What’s your ultimate dream job or goal?
Ultimately I want to be a creative director. I like doing a little bit of everything, and I love seeing a project through from the strategy and research to the final visual project.
Q: Why is it important as an alumnus to give back to CCAD?
It is very important. I was part of the phonathon team my sophomore year, so I got to speak to a lot of alumni firsthand. Most of the alumni were eager to talk to students, and they would keep us on the phone sharing tips, knowledge, and wisdom. It was wonderful and made such an impression on me. Alumni donations, involvement, or even willingness to look at your portfolio really does make a difference in a student’s education.
Q: Do you remember a single point that made you sit back and say, “This is why I am doing this?”
Yes, absolutely. Normally it is when you finish a big project at the end of the year, and you step back a bit and get a phone call from your mom and she says she loves the project and you get messages from outside people saying how much they love your work. Those moments make the all-nighters worth it.
But the big moment for me was sophomore year when I was an illustration major (I’ve changed my major four times), and I was taking the advertising classes that were required and I realized I was the only person in the class that was enjoying myself. I liked it and wanted to do it the rest of my life.
Q: What smell, word, or whatever will always remind you of your time here as a student?
Q: What will you miss the most?
I am going to miss the community here; I think that is the scariest thing about leaving here. I have so many friends, and there are faces that you are familiar with seeing every day—walking away from that and starting over is just terrifying, I am going to miss saying hi to Denny [Griffith, CCAD president] and seeing Jim [Lutz, chair of Advertising & Graphic Design] walk around outside, everything.
Q: If you can describe what graduation feels like in one word or sentence what would it be?
Q: What was your favorite class at CCAD?
Biotechnology Inspires Artistry. I enjoyed it so much because it was unrelated to anything else I have done in my career. It was with Julie Posey; she taught the biology side and Kristine Schramer taught the art side. It was entirely new curriculum. Julie spent the first half of the semester talking about human anatomy and biology, and then Kristine helped us create gallery pieces and we had in a show at the end. It was fun because it got me away from the computer and I learned so much.
Q: What did you like to do during your free time?
If I did have free time, I probably just cleaned, since it was long overdue by the time I got to it.
Q: What is your fondest memory at CCAD?
Freshman year, those were the days. Hanging out in the dorms and late-night walks.
Q: What would you change about your undergraduate career?
I would have taken more credits my first semester. I only took 12 and I knew you could take up 18; that way I would have had less of a workload my last year.
Q: What is your advice to future CCAD students?
It is never too late to start your LinkedIn profile. You can start building your professional presence online, and LinkedIn can help back up your reputation. It also is helpful if you don’t have your website built yet. It’s so easy to neglect the business and networking side when you are in the arts, and this helps you get connected to those networks.
Templeton is from Wadesboro, NC, and was home schooled.
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