Trevor Villet

Capitol Communicator is running a series of profiles of communicators in the mid-Atlantic. In this “up close and personal” profile, we feature Trevor Villet.  Photography for this series is by Cade Martin; wardrobe styling by Pascale Lemaire for THE Artist Agency; and hair and makeup by Patti D Nelson and Janice Kinigopoulos for THE Artist Agency.

Trevor, tell us a bit about yourself.

I began my career in NYC working on the Oil of Olay and Gain Laundry Detergent accounts, which explains my radiant skin and outdoor-fresh scent. From there, like every aspiring ad exec does, I moved from Manhattan to Baltimore. Seventeen years later, I’m still hanging out. Fighting the good fight for Planit.

Are you involved in any other organizations – professional or non-profit?

Actually, no. Thanks for reminding me of that. Boy, don’t I feel like a million bucks.

What are the things you are most proud of?

My daughters and wife are pretty awesome. Without trying, they constantly remind me of what a crappy dad and husband I am, but I’m proud to be trying. I’m proud to have made some really great – or really lucky – moves in my career that have turned out pretty dang well.

Who are your personal role models?

I’m not sure I’ve ever had or wanted a role model. I kinda just do my own thing and see what happens. Although I never met him, the late Mike Hughes of The Martin Agency in Richmond seems to me to be the quintessential ad man. I always looked up to him from afar. The biz lost a good one there.

 Did anyone offer you professional advice that helped you in your career?

The quick answer is yes, but you’d be bored to tears with my answer. So how about this instead: although I wouldn’t consider him a role model per se, my brother did give me some advice when I was 16 that I’ve never forgotten. As I struggled to learn how to drive a stick-shift, he told me “Always remember, second gear is your best friend.”

What professional advice do you have for others?

I’m not one to throw around prophetic quotes, but as it relates to the ad biz, I totally believe in this one: Talent is no excuse for hard work.

What advice do you have on what’s appropriate attire for your organization?

It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed. If you do find yourself underdressed, be really damn charming.

Where do you buy most of the clothes you wear to the office?

Gap Kids.


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About The Author

The only child of a university art professor and freethinker mother, Cade Martin grew up surrounded by shapes and images. His love of art grew out of summer vacations filled with trips to galleries, museums and art studios. At home he often found himself around the dinner table with an eclectic cast of characters – sculptors, writers and painters. They paraded through his childhood, shaping his art foundation and forming his appreciation for the candid beauty found in people from all walks of life. Cade’s been chasing characters ever since. He seeks out their stories-told through the architecture of their faces or the costumes they wear-whether he’s on a commercial production or setting up an Avedon-like photo booth at Comic Con. They are the heroes in his pictures. His thirst for capturing adventures took its hold while shooting stills on movie sets and then as a photographer for National Geographic covering the railways of India. And it is that sense of adventure that Cade brings to his productions elevating the ordinary to the extraordinary with a cinematic touch. It’s not just a picture. He’s committed to the experience, building beautiful environments and, sometimes for his portraits, simply building trust. A talented storyteller, Cade splits his time between the East and West Coasts creating images for editorial, advertising, fashion, and lifestyle clients

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