Fresh off his graduation, copywriter Jon Gruber started the process of landing that all-imporant first job. He saw the upcoming Miami Ad School Portfolio Review, just a few weeks after receiving his diploma, as the start of long, arduous ordeal. Despite this, on the morning of portfolio review, he arrived with MacBook Pro in hand, ready and eager. By late that afternoon, he had nearly a dozen interviews, including a particularly promising one with the creative recruiter from Deutsch. In little more than a week he was freelancing at their New York office. After less than three months, he was brought on staff as a full-fledged copywriter. Not really much of an ordeal, was it?
Jon Gruber and Sterling Stovall’s student project “Great Films, Fast” for Mubi has already won a D&AD Pencil and a silver from the Graphis 2018 New Talent Annual.
Four times a year, portfolio review puts our graduates in front of creative recruiters from the best agencies in the country and around the world. Agency representatives often outnumber grads! It’s a unique opportunity to have up to 12 interviews in a single day, all with ad agencies, design firms, and media and tech companies who have come to rely on Miami Ad School as a source of top-flight creatives. They come looking to hire, and that’s what they do.
“I met with the director of creative services at the Portfolio Review in San Francisco and was working with the agency the very next week. Everything fell into place thanks to the Miami Ad School Portfolio Review and the doors it opened for me.”
—Nicole Birch • Senior Art Director @ Camp + King
Here’s a list of some of the other Miami Ad School grads hired over the past several weeks:
Brennan Holloway • Junior Art Director @ IMG LIVE, Atlanta
Kevin Escalera • Social Media Specialist @ Zimmerman Advertising, Ft. Lauderdale
Amanda Von Lohrman • Graphic Designer @ International Designs Corporation, Hallandale, FL
Matt Casey • Copywriter @ Goodby Silverstein & Partners, San Francisco
Danny Colón • Art Director @ VICE Media, Miami
Natalia Aristizabal • Brand Strategist at @ OUTFORM, Miami
Andres Tovar • Marketing Manager @ American Gaming Association, Washington, DC
Elle Oser • Designer @ Studio Rodrigo, New York
Stephanie Clark • Account Director @ Zimmerman Advertising, Ft. Lauderdale
Jon Gruber • Copywriter @ Deutsch, New York
Andrew Mixter • Art Director @ Deutsch, New York
Titania Tran • Copywriter @ Wieden + Kennedy, Portland
Rachel Eleanor Phillips • Design Fellow @ Matchstic, Atlanta
Kaitlyn Clark • Junior Copywriter @ Rocket Camp, Atlanta
Alex Nay • Strategist @ 72andSunny, Amsterdam
Alessandra Rabellino • Junior Graphic Designer @ MSLK Design, New York
Some of our alumni have recently moved up in the world:
Jenna Livingston (Class of 2008) • Associate Creative Director @ Facebook, Menlo Park, CA
Kat Dudkiewicz (Class of 2008) • Associate Creative Director @ Highfield, New York
Sunita Day (Class of 2003) • Creative Director @ FCB Global, New York
Denise Cole (Class of 2007) • Co-Founder, Head of Art @ Juliet Creative, Toronto
Farida Amar (Class of 2007) • Creative Director @ SOVO//Magazine, Los Angeles
Kaely Coon (Class of 2011) • UX Writer @ Netflix, Austin
Lauren Cooper (Class of 2014) • Copywriter @ Johannes Leonardo, New York
Alex Ohannessian (Class of 2008) • Associate Creative Director @ JWT Worldwide, Singapore
Dario Albuquerque (Class of 2007) • Executive Creative Director @ M&C Saatchi UAE, Abu Dhabi
Justin Pettit (Class of 2008) • Creative Director @ Heimat active GmbH, Berlin
Regner Lotz (Class of 2007) • Creative Lead @ Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Copenhagen
Patrice Speed (Class of 2006) • Executive Creative Director @ Britelite Immersive, San Francisco
Many of the these new hires met their future employers at one of Miami Ad School’s Portfolio Reviews. Some were hired as a result of impressive internship performances and some by teachers who knew they had spotted someone they wanted to work with. Still others found their opportunities via the Job Leads for Life Program that provides graduates with hundreds of job leads every year—at all industry levels—throughout their careers.
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This post originally appeared on the Miami Ad School blog.