before i entered the strange world of advertising, i was in the even stranger world of music. my band, stephie coplan & the pedestrians, achieved modest success with our 2012 single, "jerk!" we charted at #15 on rock radio, which allowed me to quit my day job and tour the country for two years with cake, grouplove, two door cinema club, and more. eventually, i signed a management deal and started writing behind the scenes with pop stars like rachel platten ("fight song") and lauv ("i like me better.")
i don't miss the music industry, but i'm grateful that it gave me the tools to make my own demos and fearlessly perform in front of crowds, which are skills that i use all the time in advertising.