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“I started a London-based Ad agency.”
Creative Director (Advertising)
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United Kingdom
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I came to the UK from Madrid 14 years ago, I'd been a Creative Director of a top ad agency in Madrid and London is the where the world's best advertising is done. When I arrived my English was not good. I visited a headhunter and explained I wanted to get a job in a good London Ad Agency. She was impressed with my portfolio but suggested I took a plane straight back to Madrid, "no one hires foreigners in the London ad scene, plus your English isn't great, plus you're a woman, so there's little to no chance anyone will hire you." Maybe because I'm a Latin, we don't give up easily. I persisted. Within a few years I was working in an boutique creative ad agency set up by a former director and Creative Director from Saatchi & Saatchi, Chris Arnold. After a merger I became Creative Director of BLAC Advertising. 6 years ago Chris and I formed our own ad agency, Creative Orchestra. We've worked for lots of well known clients - Diageo, IKEA, Sainsbury's, King of Shaves, AOL, NUS, Total, and many more. But we also cultivate young creatives and take people from all over the world (and a good few Spanish) - last count we've had 22 different nationalities pass through here, probably more than any other ad agency in London. Aside to the agency we started up a not-for-profit organisation Quality of Spain that cultivates links between Spain and the UK.

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