I've not posted for a while as I am in the process of moving back to Australia after 11 years in the UK and Ireland.
My wife and I have been planning it for a while and is part of the reason I've been freelancing.
We leave on the 3rd of September and do 3 months travelling around South America before arriving in Australia in December.
I hope you have all enjoyed my posts and I hope to continue posting in Australia but it may be less relevant to you, but I hope you can still get something out of it.
If you want to read about the adventures of my wife and I in South America - look here.
I forgot to post that Michelle from Vue came in to see me a couple of weeks ago at Mother to show me Gareth Morgans book. She had popped in here at W+K today to see one of the other project managers so we had another catch up.
Some amazingly tantalising food shots.... makes me hungry just looking at them, unfortunately I have a pre-made salad in the fridge.
I've been at Mother a couple of weeks now, just freelancing still kids.
Lou from We are Flock came in to see me here at Mother today to show me some work. I am not sure how the process works for getting in books (so any agents reading this please let me know if you want to come in and I will ask the powers that be).
Lou showed me some updated stuff from the talented Jonathan Minster's book including some great personal work with perfume bottles. And also New Future Graphic's book which had some brilliant V&A work.
After nearly 2 years of solid freelancing I seem to have hit somewhat of a void. In the past 4 weeks I have had a weeks work doing some holiday cover, and 2 interviews with actual ad agencies (not just with headhunters). It seems I am not the only one so I know it is an industry wide void, it happens this time of year every year but I have always been lucky.
But on the plus side it gave me time to see the kids at the School of Communications, catch up with friends and do some OCD house work (EVERYTHING got moved and cleaned!).
Today I took a day and gave it to the School of Communications Arts. They have a Mentor scheme where professionals from the advertising world give up whatever time you can and pop down to their School in Brixton and spend time with the students.
They get briefs from real clients or agencies and they come up with ideas and present them to the clients just as they would in the real world. The Dean Marc Lewis is very hands-on and it is a great environment for the teams to learn and grow.
The students are encouraged to work in teams and change teams often with the plan of leaving the school with a permanent partner, experience working on live briefs and the learnings and encouragements of the team.
The kids have so much energy and I was impressed with each and every team I met with and the passion and conviction behind every idea was so infectious - no matter how simple or embryonic.
I had a brilliant day and would certainly go back and spend a day with these inspirational kids.
Certainly knocked a bit of the cynicism I had build up all these years out of me.
I know it's not really the weather for it (2 degrees outside, flurries of snow and grey skies), but looking through some shots this morning I came across this gem from the lovely Diana Miller.
Makes me want Ice Cream. Now.
Today will be the first instalment of pieces I wrote for the Source blog. Source are a recruitment agent specialising in Advertising here in London. They contacted me a couple of months ago and asked me to write some pieces on how I got into production and what I like about it etc...
I have actually been a bit quiet on the blog front, sorry about that, mainly because I have been so busy with freelance work.
Note: I am not advocating one headhunter over another as I have several who I speak to regularly and I like them all for different reasons.