Myth: Advertising is an unethical and dishonorable profession.
Working in advertising is, in fact, a very respected profession. Unfortunately, there are those that think because you are trying to sell something through advertising that you're trying to trick or deceive the public.
Advertising actually follows very specific rules that ensure all advertising messages are on the up and up. The last thing an advertising agency wants to do is to harm their client's reputation by producing materials that could be misconstrued as deceptive advertising.
Myth: Everyone in advertising makes a fortune.
Yes, it's true, you can make a lot of money working in advertising but not everyone is making six figures. A majority of people working in the field started at the bottom rung of the ladder, interning for free, possibly even making minimum wage just to get their start in the industry.
Just as with any profession, in advertising you pay your dues and you work your way up. What you make of your advertising career is completely up to you.
Myth: It's really hard to get started in advertising.
There are plenty of opportunities for those who want to get started in the field. This doesn't mean you're going to get that corner office with a view, the prestigious income and creative control of advertising campaigns with your first job.
There's a lot of legwork you're going to have to do. But if you're serious about your career in the industry, you can break in.