Lately has been terrifyingly busy and so much has happened. Last week I went to New York. It was my first time in America and it fully lived up to my expectations. I spent majority of my time looking like a tourist - taking photos and constantly looking up.
Whilst there, apart from doing the usual touristy things and shopping we also went to visit a few agencies. Due to sods-law this all landed on the same day and meant one manic subway-hopping last day and a run back to the hotel before we missed the coach back to JFK.
The first agency we went to was The Wonderfactory. The creative director Jared Cocken kindly agreed to let us visit and give us a tour of their amazing workplace. Words can’t describe how amazing this place is as a workplace so should just watch this. Every area/ room was designed to perfection and seemed a really inspirational place to work. In fact, I would never want to go home. As well as seeing the amazing interior design, Jared (view his blog) showed us some work they have recently completed. The type of work they have under their belts is amazing. It was a big eye-opener to the type/level of work out there in todays industry and the standard you need to be to succeed. View The Wonderfactory website too whilst you’re at it.
The second agency we saw that day was Anomaly. This visit was especially inspirational as it was in the field I see myself going into, advertising. What was really interesting about Anomaly was their approach to work. It made me realise what I want to do for the rest of my life and the type of agency I would like to work for. Johnny Vulkan, MD of Anomaly was lovely and welcoming, offering his time to answer some questions. Whilst there, he also showed us some of his work, some of which will be recognised by all. Including this, this and this. Johnny was an old friend of my lecturer and went to university in Birmingham too, so we had a lot to talk about. One of the biggest things I learnt from these visits were how nice and NORMAL they are, and how willing they are to help…if you ask!
And to round my day off, before a rush back to the coach, we went to Amber Music. This is a Music Production Company with a kind and very enthusiastic president/ creative director Michelle Curran. Michelle was very welcoming, showed us around her studio and introduced us to the people she worked with before showing us a showreel of their work. This is one of the commercials on the showreel, which included music created by her company. It was amazing to see where the commercial sounds/music come from and the thinking behind them. We left with a parting gift of a USB with more of her work on, which was really nice and greatly appreciated.
So after an amazing trip, with a great/ hectic final day I got back home to about 63638 projects being set in the week we were away. Well that’s one way to be brought back into the real world :/