2021 Creative LIAisons Mentees

Nicolás López Bravo

Senior Art Director
Memac Ogilvy Dubai
, United Arab Emirates


Currently, I’m in a moment of my career where I would like to challenge myself and move to a bigger market like Europe. So, having the chance to talk with two CCOs like Felix Fenz (Grabarz & Partners Hamburg) and Frederico Roberto (Interweave London), was more than a great opportunity. It was a huge privilege. 
Even if in both sessions we talked about things that could seem pretty obvious, in the end, all the creative pieces of advice were enlightening and helpful to understand the difficulties for a Latin-American of working in a German or a Londoner environment. 
Felix helped me, suggesting to give a more personal take on how I present my work on my portfolio. For example, providing a personal narrative for every idea to make it more appealing to the eyes of an ECD and transmit the Latin-American passion, which is a big differentiator when it comes to comparing the way of thinking of Latinos and Europeans.
On the other hand, Fred explained how specific the English advertising scene could be, labeling creatives under a particular kind of expertise. This helped me revisit my work, understand my strengths, and what I have to do if I want to be an “ideas first” copywriter instead of a TVC-driven copywriter (which seems to be the standard in the UK). 
Both coaching sessions were a game-changing experience in my creative career. If my plan of moving to Europe eventually becomes a reality, Felix and Fred must be sure they were a significant part responsible for my success.
Again, many thanks for this incredible opportunity. I have no words to express all my gratitude.