Posted 03 May 2023

Want to get into advertising? Apply for our next portfolio review

On Thursday 25th May we’ll be hosting our next portfolio review, all about getting into advertising. If you’re a UK-based creative within the first year of your career, this is a great opportunity to meet experts and get feedback from them.

Interested in working as a creative, designer or art director in the world of advertising? Our next portfolio review is for you!

Get your work seen by art directors, graphic designers, creative directors and more, all of whom have a wide scope of knowledge about the advertising industry. They’ll look over your advertising books, offer expert feedback and help you in your journey into this realm.

Whether you’re a student, have just graduated or are in the first year of your career, this is a chance to get some invaluable advice from industry professionals and connect with fellow emerging creatives.

How will it work?

The session will take place over Zoom on Thursday 25th May, from 5pm to 8pm BST. There are only a limited number of places available, so make sure you sign up to register your interest.

The event itself is fast-paced: in breakout rooms of three emerging creatives and one reviewer, you will get the opportunity to show and discuss work, and get advice and feedback. This will then rotate, so you get to meet several reviewers throughout the evening.

Please also note that the session is open to those looking to work in creative, design or art direction within advertising, with no more than one year of experience. You will be required to have something to show (e.g. one to two projects or pieces of work that capture what you do) – but don’t worry if this isn’t a polished portfolio.

Who will be there?

Ade Yeo (she/they), associate creative director, Media.Monks
With a love for storytelling, Ade has worked across typography, printmaking, advertising graphics, art direction, gaming and new technology. Prior to joining Media.Monks, Ade worked at The Brooklyn Brothers and The Secret Little Agency. Also a Brixton Finishing School mentor, she’s a diversity and inclusion leader at Media.Monks.

Read more about Media.Monks here.

Kara-Jessica Mallett (she/her), senior graphic designer, draftLine
Kara-Jessica began her career working for independent businesses specialising in the African and Caribbean diaspora, with her work being featured in The Guardian and sold at Tate Modern. Recently featured on Campaign’s Future Leaders list, her work at brewing company draftLine has been shortlisted for The One Show awards.

Oliver León (he/him), senior art director, draftLine
Before joining draftLine, Oliver worked for agencies including TBWA and BBDO. At draftLine, he leads the communications of brands such as Stella Artois, Beck’s, Budweiser and more. He was recently awarded a Grand Prix at Cannes Lions and had his work recognised at the Clio Awards.

Read more about draftLine here.

Jeng Au (they/them), creative art director, Amazon
After graduating from University of Lincoln with a degree in animation, Jeng fell into the advertising industry and has worked with brands such as F1, Pokémon Go and Amazon. Outside of their day job, Jeng is one of the organisers of Camp Trans Festival, a resident of A House for Artists, and grows gourmet mushrooms under the name Spawn.

Read more about Jeng here.

Kelly Satchell (she/her), design director, Anomaly
Prior to joining Anomaly, Kelly was in-house creative lead at fashion tech brand, Thread, where she spearheaded brand development and led the creative direction across editorial, social and marketing communications. She was also brand designer across large commercial campaigns and rebrands at Wieden+Kennedy London.

Felipe Ribeiro (he/him), senior art director and visual designer, Anomaly
Hailing from São Paulo, Felipe started out designing posters for music and skateboarding events as a teen. Since 2009, he’s worked for multiple agencies, design studios and culture magazines across Brazil, France and UK. Now, he’s also at Anomaly, working on transforming the Johnnie Walker brand.

Read more about Anomaly here.

Katie Martin (she/her), art director, Nike
Katie specialises in art direction, design and creative strategy, working in areas including print, branding, editorial and motion. With experience in agency, studios and in-house, she’s worked for the likes of AQKA and M&S. At Nike, she’s led on the England Women’s Euro and Home campaigns and has a passion for future-thinking design.

Read more about Nike here.

Jessy Gill (she/her), founder and creative strategy director, APNA Studios
Before setting up her own creative studio, Jessy worked at agencies including Anyways and Mother, as well as Depop and Nike. An anthropologist by nature, Jessy works with culture and community when developing creative ideas and strategic insight. She regularly mentors emerging South Asian and Black creatives.

Janelle Feliciano (she/her), creative director, MSLGROUP
Janelle is a creative director, mentor and public speaker. Before becoming creative director at MSLGROUP, she worked at TBWA\, M&C Saatchi and The Romans. Originally from San Francisco, she was an advisory board member at Blueprint and was chosen as a Future Leader by Creative Equals.

Read more about MSLGROUP here.

Vicki Banwell (she/her), executive producer, Stink Studios
Vicki has over 18 years’ experience across varied projects in advertising. After uni, she worked at AKQA and Copa90, amongst others. Specialising in brand campaigns and shoot production, she’s worked on everything from TV ads, out-of-home and print campaigns, to social, digital and innovation-based creative campaigns.

Read more about Stink Studios here.

Ryan Locke (he/him), creative lead, Found
Ryan began his career as a graphic designer at Kemistry, before working in animation and production at Prime Focus as well as broadcast, commercials and digital branding at Turquoise. As Found’s creative lead, he exercises his passion for crafting 3D motion design and storytelling.

See more from Found here.

How to apply

This session is open to students, grads, or those within the first year of a creative career. You are only eligible to register if you are:

• Not in full-time creative work
• Within the first year of your career
• Based in the UK
• Aged 18 and over

Please note that you will be required to submit an example of your work in your application. Register your interest by 11:59pm on 15th May via the link below.

Please note

Registering for this event does not guarantee a place. Those invited to attend will be emailed a week before the event, and will be asked to pay a £5 deposit. This is to confirm your attendance, and will be refunded after the session.

Attendees are selected based on their eligibility, so please be assured that if you are not invited, this is not a reflection of the quality of your work.

We hope to see you there!

Written by Creative Lives in Progress