Worth the Pain
project name

Worth the Pain

Young Guns – Call For Entries Campaign 2006

  • Client:

    YoungGuns Awards

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If there’s one thing young creatives know about producing great work, it’s that they often have to go through hell to get there. Long hours, low pay, poor diet and high stress all combine, threatening to waste them away to mere wrecks. That’s where this year’s Young Guns call for entries comes in. It comes in the form of a healthy reassurance to the world’s under thirty creative community that all this self-inflicted mental and physical trauma they’re putting themselves through to enter Young Guns is really “worth the pain.” The end result being a truly integrated campaign that is already working its way into creative directors’ offices and their departments across the globe.

To kick things off they created the Dr. Junge Pistole Wellness Clinic (loosely translating into ‘Young Guns’ in German) in Cannes where nurses administered saline drips and vodka retoxes to weary and damaged young creatives. A series of creams and ointments to ease the patients’ symptoms were also placed in dispensers in bathrooms across the city. A variety of self-treatment posters were created highlighting the potentially lethal threat of ulcers, psoriasis and hemorrhoids (all inevitably brought on by the day to day stresses of the agency environment). These were then sent out to departments around the world. The agency also created a series of print ads that enabled young creatives to test their blood, phlegm, urine and stools.

There is also an online medical facility that reviews creatives’ health and diagnoses them. On the site, a virtual nurse appears, prescribing creatives with a downloadable self-treatment film (directed by Saatchi NZ’s Matty Burton and Dave Bowman). If your stomach’s up to it, have your physical and mental state assessed too at www.worththepain.com