Posted 10 October 2022

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

On Thursday 27th October we’ll be hosting our next portfolio review, all about getting into the advertising industry. 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.

Applying for roles in advertising or considering it? Our next portfolio review is for you!

From creative directors to copywriters, our reviewers have a wide scope of knowledge about the industry. They’ll look over your portfolios, offer expert feedback and help you in your journey into advertising.

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 27th October, 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 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?

Michael Sharpe, creative director, ManvsMachine
Michael has worked within film and motion design for over 20 years with some of the world’s most prestigious brands. An experienced director for both live action and animation, his passion lies in combining traditional cinematic storytelling with cutting-edge motion design and visual effects.

Read more about ManvsMachine here.

Vic Lovejoy, executive producer, Electric Theatre Collective
Vic’s career spans notable roles and projects across both film and advertising, including producing the title sequence for James Bond: No Time To Die. With valuable experience in production and VFX from her time at The Mill, Framestore, MPC, BlinkInk and most recently Electric Theatre Collective, Vic is no stranger to the industry.

Read more about Electric Theatre Collective here.

Louis Jopling, senior creative, Anomaly
As a multidisciplinary senior creative at Anomaly and part of creative duo tob and jop, Louis has had an extensive advertising career so far, having worked on award-winning campaigns from drinks brand Kopparberg to Gambleaware. He has a breadth of knowledge of what the industry can offer for emerging talent.

See more from tob and jop here and read more about Anomaly here.

Robin Temple, head of creative, Otherway
Robin oversees all things advertising at the renowned design studio. Over the last 17 years, he’s worked at some of London’s best creative agencies including Pablo London, 4Creative and Karmarama, providing him a holistic insight into the world of advertising.

Read more about Otherway here.

Susan Ayton, creative director, BBC Creative
Starting out as an art lecturer, Susan entered the advertising world in 2006, becoming the creative director of BBC Creative in 2016. Her work has included the rebrand of BBC Two and BBC Three, and work on cultural hit RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. Susan also runs the BBC Creative U, a 10-week advertising course to improve the diversity of talent.

Read more about BBC Creative here.

Jason Drew, creative director, weareseventeen
With a background in graphic design and a strong conceptual eye, Jason cut his teeth in motion design at Future Deluxe before freelancing at studios like Manvsmachine for several years. He subsequently joined weareseventeen full-time, rising to creative director, and has worked with clients such as MTV, Nike, Disney, Viasat and Hunter.

Read more about weareseventeen here.

Julianna Roppo, creative director, Reed Words
Julianna has been a director and writer at agencies such as R/GA and Ogilvy & Mather, and an in-house creative with companies from big tech to CPG. She’s also an accomplished speaker and writer with engagements at her alma mater, Penn State, and has also attended the esteemed New England Young Writers’ Conference at Bread Loaf.

Read more about Reed Words here.

Mathias Nielsen, head of motion, Art&Graft
An animator and designer based in London, Mathias has worked on projects for Apple, Facebook, Google, Android, Twitter and Canon. Starting out as an intern at Danish creative agency Uncle Grey eight years ago, Mathias is now Head of Motion at Art&Graft, overseeing a creative team crafting unique visual campaigns for some of the world’s most progressive brands.

Read more about Art&Graft here.

Josie Finlay and Charles Olafare, creatives, Creature
Having won The Talent Business’ 2019 Cream Awards after attending the School of Communication Arts 2.0, the creative duo landed roles at AMV BBDO where they worked on creative projects for the likes of Maltesers and Guinness, and subsequently moved to Creature, where they’ve flexed their creativity on briefs for Dunelm.

See more from Josie and Charles here and read more about Creature 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 17th October 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