Tell me a bit about your career background:
I started my career at McCann Erickson Manchester. It was matter of being at the right place at the right time, after 5 minutes chat with the Creative Director, he offered me the job. After 3 years at the agency, I needed more of a challenge and decided the best place to be would be London, the city where I grew up. My next agency was Bates Dorland, London. Again it was right place right time, by chatting to an agent who I was working with on a job I learnt a well known Art Buyer was looking for an Assistant. I went for the interview got on brilliantly and was offered the job a month later. As they say the rest is history. In the last few years, I have been honoured to be asked to judge the AOP Assistant Award, Creative Review Photography Annual and most recently the Photography category of D&AD Awards.
Describe your role at M&C Saatchi.
My main responsibility is to shape the look of the ads by working closely with the creative teams.
Is your role typical of an art buying role?
My role isn’t a traditional art buying role. I don’t get involve with the production side just the creative side of art buying which is a huge responsibility, sourcing the creative talent for each brief. Once a concept has been brought by the client, I would discuss with the creative team the look and feel they would like to achieve from then I would called in the appropriate photographers.