My name is Dan Marvin. I'm a creative director and writer who loves what I do. Not many people can say that about their career, and I don't take that for granted. Sometimes my job feels more like a hobby that I take really seriously. I'm into weird, original thinking that's grounded in a concept and built on an insight. Small budgets don't hold me back from big thinking. Because we should aim for newsworthy work that makes the most of any budget.
This ad life has taken me from Raleigh-Durham to Chicago to Detroit to Austin and back to Detroit. Somewhere along the way, my wife and I had two amazing kids. Besides spending time with my family, I write children's books. (Here's one and here's another.) My author site is danmarvin.com.
I love basketball. I try to play my role as a creative director like a point guard – looking to get others shots while still looking for my own, but never letting those two goals interfere. (I love basketball metaphors, too.)
I have a useless talent where I can tell you instantly how many letters are in any word. ("Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" is 34 letters, smart-ass.) I have to be able to spell the word, but I won my 5th grade spelling bee (true story), so, you know, I wasn't very popular in 5th grade.