Saatchi Scribe Hears True Calling, Leaves Agency World for Beard-Selling

By Kiran Aditham 

If you haven’t heard the story of JD Beebe before, well here you go. Though he’s been at it for a couple of years now, Beebe, who spent the last year or so as a copywriter at Saatchi & Saatchi LA, bid adieu to agency life a month back in order to realize his dreams of, yes, selling wigs and fake facial hair. As a result, he moved cross-country, though he tells us, “I’m still wondering why I exchanged driving an El Camino down the Pacific Coast for the humid trash-stink of NYC.”

It’s safe to say that Beebe’s time in agencies was rather brief, whether spending eight months at the now-defunct Modernista! or completing two yearlong tours of duty at Goodby. Beebe seems more like a budding entrepreneur, which can explain why two years ago while at GS&P, he decided as a joke to himself to create a facsimile of Zach Galifianikis’s now well-known beard. We take it he’s a Hangover fan. Anyhow, Beebe, who got some promotion in write-ups by the Los Angeles Times and, says that he had “…so many more facial hair-themed ideas to pitch [at Saatchi] but the dream was calling me.”


The “dream” he’s referring to is, which Beebe say supplies “relevant and topical costumes of the people, characters and memes that made the news this last year.” Yes, the calling of “Justin Bieber wigs, Kardashian hair and Snooki poofs” was too overwhelming for Beebe not to split from Saatchi and pounce, though he tells us he left the agency with “a heavy heart.” See, there is life post-advertising after all.