Calling all creative talent – don’t miss the next IDM Fresh Blood and Big Book Crit
Ian Bates, Creative Director
Over the years we’ve committed ourselves to investing in new talent, and are thrilled to have been able to expand various teams across the agency with new junior positions.
The Fresh Blood & Big Book Crit is one great way for us to connect with young, talented creatives, so we’re delighted to be hosting another instalment of this mentoring programme, put together by the DMA, IDM and the Graeme Robertson Trust.
The event pairs students and emerging creatives in need of guidance with seasoned creative directors, in a showcase event that includes inspirational talks; invaluable, speed-dating-style book and portfolio critiques; and of course, the chance to network (with drinks and nibbles, naturally).
Come to Fresh Blood & The Big Book Crit in Bristol, on Tuesday 6 November
During the session, you will have the chance to share a selection of your work with senior creatives from leading agencies, but don’t just take our word for it. Here, Megan Thomas shares her experience, but during and after the last Big Book Crit…
Invaluable support and advice from people who've "been there, done that"
When I first heard about the Big Book Crit, I wasn’t sure if it was something I should attend. It sounded like an incredible opportunity to get my work seen by creatives from big agencies; but as this was my first attempt to put together a portfolio of work. I wasn’t sure what order to put it in, or even if some of it was relevant! I decided to go anyway, and I can’t stress how glad I am that I did.
The night started with the opportunity to network with fellow students. It was an excellent chance to meet new people and learn about all the various backgrounds that lead to wanting to pursue a career in marketing and design. We then got treated to some wonderfully insightful and inspiring talks with speakers sharing anecdotes from their experiences and giving advice to help us along our own journeys.
The group then split in two, as some stayed for more talks and others went for the portfolio reviews with creatives. I was in the latter group, and the first creative to review my work was Ian Bates, the creative director at Prophecy Unlimited. He told me that whilst I needed a few more strong pieces in my portfolio, the passion with which I spoke about my work showed that I had potential. I was offered a two-week copywriting placement at Prophecy Unlimited to experience working in a large advertising agency and increase the work in my portfolio.
The time I spent at Prophecy Unlimited was very valuable. I was fortunate enough to work on live briefs under the guidance of Ian Bates, and the associate creative director, Tim Lines. They both offered constructive critique on my work and gave me insightful advice.
I’m truly grateful for the opportunities I got through attending the Big Book Crit, and I can’t wait to attend the next one!
Don't miss your chance to learn from the professionals
If you are still studying and want to break into the creative sector, or you’re looking for guidance on how to progress your career, this is an opportunity you really should take advantage of.
Date: Tuesday 6 November
Place: Prophecy Unlimited, One Glass Wharf, Bristol BS2 0EL