Dylan Rekert

Q&A, Forty Under 40 Winner 2020; Founding partner and vice-president, creative, Very Polite Agency, Age 36


Who or what is responsible for your work ethic? 

My parents taught me that I could make a living doing what I love.


What is your guilty pleasure?



What is the best book you would recommend?

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid On Earth. (Why: graphic art as literature.)


Now that you’re entering your 40s, what goals have you set for yourself? 

Learn a new language, instrument and art form.


Choose one of these five childhood career dreams: Rock star, star athlete, prime minister, astronaut, detective.

Rock star.


Name your happiest place.

Tokyo (drink in hand).


What was your toughest business or professional decision?

Basically anything and everything since March 2020.


Advice you would give your 20-year-old self?

Success will take a bit longer to achieve than you might expect.

What is your best habit?

Punctuality. Being late stresses me out. 


Tell us one improbable fact about yourself.

Past professions include: scuba instructor and baseball umpire.


Best piece of advice ever received?

Say ‘Yes’ to work – even when it’s not overly inspiring – until you are in a position to say ‘No.’

What career highlight are you most proud of?

Founding Very Polite and designing a T-shirt for Lil Jon.