Unfortunately, RiverKey Creative — the place where I work — is closing its doors.

Although certain assets and employees may find new homes or move together to a different agency or firm, RiverKey as it’s been constituted for the last three years, give or take, is over.

In their least dramatic form (no need for drama), the reasons are that two unlucky and uncontrollable events, in close succession, forced the ownership to take a hard look at our strategic plans and decide — wisely, I must add, as one who was there voting with them — that it would require too much money on too long a bet to continue.

So:

I’m looking for the next thing, and I’d be grateful if you’d help me find it.

As you most likely know, I’m a creator and creative leader. My creative specialties are writing and game design, and I’m particularly good at bringing operational order to creative processes.

My most likely next move involves finding and hiring a great boss. Which is to say, getting a job at a going concern. My best matches are probably with…

  • A creative firm or agency, especially one focused on interactive work, where my creative experience and disciplined leadership will be an asset.
  • An in-house product development or marketing position where I can improve a brand’s value for those who love it, or who would love it if they knew about it.
  • A start-up or small but promising company where my broad base of skills will bring unusual value due to the number of hats I can expertly wear.

The usual “All About Me” can be found on LinkedIn, with a more detailed resume and portfolio of creative work available directly from me for the asking. Please call or email (323-253-6258, jeff-at-jefftidball-dot-com), or encourage those in your networks to do likewise.

Our family would like to remain in Kansas City, but would consider relocating to the Twin Cities.

The very bottom line is that I believe in the power of creativity and communication, and am looking for others who do, too, to run the next leg with me.

Thanks, everyone!

“Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.”
Billy Wilder

I’m defining pandering as using your perception of your customer’s wishes as an excuse to do work you’re not proud of. …

The reason you don’t have to pander is that you’re not in a hurry and you don’t need everyone to embrace you and your work.

Seth Godin, “You Don’t Have to Pander
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As you can see, it is a dinosaur.

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts.”
Roger Ebert, “I do not fear death
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Cthulhu wrap, with Elder Signs and everything.

Ball joke.

Ball joke.

“Usually, things are done the way they’re done for good reasons. But sometimes, they’re only done that way because nobody has questioned it recently.”