The Young Creative Council are a collective of art directors and copywriters who have joined forces after hours to help and support young talent within the ad industry.
I’m the UK Director of YCC and have helped build a network that now organises events, socials, educational visits and produces work that highlights the diverse and amazing talent that the industry has access too.
Personal highlights include putting on a series of Single Mingle events, which is a speed dating night for people using singlecreatives.com. Successes from evenings include teams now kicking-ass at agencies like Grey, Karmarama, Iris and BBH.
With the help of Stu at Creature and Ben Harris, we’ve helped change the way placement teams are paid via the Placement Poverty Pledge. Since 2016 over 50 agencies nationwide have officially signed up to pay the Living Wage for creatives.
I’ve helped put on multi portfolio evenings. From hosting it pubs like The Clachan in Soho and filling Cargo and Concrete in Shoreditch, we’ve showcased 20 teams worth of talent at a time.We’ve since moved the concept it agencies and hosted events with R/GA and Iris where the whole agency looked at books and offered the opportunities of placements.
For the past five years we’ve had a stand at the graduate showcase. Every year we beg borrow and steal stuff to produce a stand – and talk to students and industry about the opportunities and help the YCC offer.
I’m mid designing, building and creating the new YCC website and have overhauled the brand colours, fonts and design style.
Find out more about the YCC at youngcreativecouncil.com