June. Busiest month of the year so far, with lots of work in agencies. Plus, check out my previous post to read my latest piece of writing published in Express magazine.
So this month I've worked in at:
Sugar, on BNZ DM
Consortium, on Jockey Underwear (Dan Carter in his undies, such a ubiquitous image)
Federation, on Farmers and Q Card DM
DraftFCB, on all kinds of things
Soda, on Fintel Insurance TVCs
Full-time in an agency isn't my style, but I have enjoyed getting around different agencies for a week here and there to feel the different vibe in each one. I have to say, my fav so far is Draft. Everyone's really friendly even though it's a big agency, and they seem to treat their staff well and have a good culture. Sometimes I miss the big agency days. Mainly the people and the gossip and the booze on Fridays though!
May has been a scorcher, and I'm not talking about the weather! This month I've been ripping through a lot of nice wee DM (direct marketing) jobs for these clients: Farmer's Card, Q Card and Accor Hotels. I love working out the foldy bits of a mailer, or creating cool, simple web banners.
I've also helped Federation – a small agency run by Sharon Henderson and Murray Reid – win their pitch for the Auckland Tourism account. Done and dusted, thanks to some cool interactive ideas and strategic thinking to help get the Aussies here to what they call 'the poor man's Sydney'. We'll show them!
Plus! Big presentation to Mike Tod, the GM of Marketing and Coms at Air New Zealand with Beth O'Brien, my creative partner for the project. Hopefully we'll get to bring to life some of our plethora of youth and interactive-orientated strategy, marketing, media and advertising ideas. It was a great chance for me to brush up on my strategic thinking rather than just solely 'creative ideas'.
The Out Takes Film Festival that I co-ordinate in Auckland is kicking off on May 27th too! Thank god it's nearly over - I love it but it is a lot of work to co-ordinate 16 volunteers and a week-long festival, out of my love and passion for the cause (rather than money). That's my good deed for the year!
Next up is an article to be written for Express Magazine, trying my hand at pharmaceutical advertising at G2, and... who knows what. Bring it!