I am a 25 year old sales and real estate professional from Atlanta, Ga trying to get my foot in the door of the world of Outdoor Advertising. I previously worked for a shopping center developer who earned extra income buy leasing ground space to billboard owners in the parkinglots. Here is where I gained my fasination with billboards and outdoor advertising. I want to start my own advertising company ( flipping leases and permits, owning and operating billboards, third party leasing, ect.), but I don’t know the in’s and out’s of the business. I’ve recently tried to apply for open sales positions with billboard companies in my area, but no one will give me a chance due to a lack of advertising sales experience. I am already a college grad so I don’t qualify for open intern positions. I even checked out the trade organizations that support outdoor advertising ( Oaaa, AAF, ect.), but I can’t join unless I am associated with the industry in some way. So my questions for you guys are,
A. Should I continue to search for entry level positions with outdoor advertising companies until someone gives me a chance?
B. Should I jump into the business as an enterprunuer with my own company and learn as I go? ( Having my own company is my ultimate goal.)
I am young and driven with a passion to make my mark into the world of outdoor advertising. Any additional suggestions? Thank you!