Ant Q&A: Will Skaggs

How has previous career and/or academic experience prepared you for your work here?

AcrobatAnt was essentially my first job. I started here in 2010, worked for about five years, then moved away for five years. During that time, I was introduced to a lot of graphic design and photography projects in various markets, such as architecture, print and digital magazines, entertainment venues, tourism, food industry and more. Those experiences broadened my abilities to adapt to different projects and markets.

How would you describe your job?

I am an art director, photographer and self-proclaimed hand model. I help our clients with their marketing needs using my skills as a graphic designer and photographer. My hand modeling, oddly enough, is not as much in demand—yet.  

Why did you get into this wacky business?

I thought about becoming a biochemical engineer, but then I remembered I’m terrible at science. So, I fell back on graphic design and photography.

What inspires you?

Art is anything that evokes emotion, so I’m always trying to recognize when something inspires me or drives me. This usually comes from music, books, really great interviews and movies.

What activities do you pursue outside of the agency?

Hanging out with my two-year-old son, watching the Brewers try really hard to win a World Series, riding my bike, hiking, and hanging out with friends.

What would you be doing if you weren’t in the advertising world?

Did I mention I do hand modeling on the side?