Stop, collaborate and listen

Here at Flow we’re dedicated to getting the job done well. No, better than ‘well’ – outstandingly. And that starts with knowing and understanding what each other is working on and developing creative solutions together. But it’s not just our own team who we believe can add value to what we do. Looking further afield and collaborating with the best in the business is often the ultimate solution.

Weeks at Flow begin with a full team production meeting to run through everything you’d expect… and some. We use this time to reflect on projects and gain each other’s insight to make sure we’ve got absolutely every base covered. Our open plan working environment means that we’re not the kind of agency who only communicates via email. We talk. We share. We learn. That’s what we believe benefits our clients most.

We don’t profess to be a full service agency; instead we have excellent relationships with the best photographers, producers and directors around. Collaborating with them on a project basis means we’re able to tap into the best in the field whenever the campaign requires it, whatever the brief may be. Working with people who specialise in their own field also means they’re at the cutting edge of it, so we can bring our A game to the table together. What’s not to love?

Clients we can collaborate with are a dream to us, too. Sharing opinions and working with them drives top results as it creates a more transparent, unified approach. While the ‘them and us’ format isn’t completely redundant, we thrive via a more modern allied style.

Up and coming talent is a goldmine of fresh ideas, so we embrace our relationships with interns and work experience placements. While we *know they learn loads from coming in (*because they’ve told us) we pick up useful ideas from them, too.

Flow collaborates with Sneaky Raccoon on its not-for-profit arm, Plan Bee. Set up initially to ensure the freelance creatives of Manchester didn’t miss out on a Christmas Do, it now hosts two parties a year to showcase talent and raise money for good local causes. But it’s more than that, as it creates a space for creative peers to talk face-to-face, to bounce ideas around and to feel part of something bigger. Community is so important now more so than ever.

Designer, animator, copywriter, student, marketing manager – if you think we could collaborate, then we’d love to hear from you.

Drop us a line…

E: Hello@weareflow.uk

T: 0161 236 1232

Getting your foot in the door can be one of the toughest yet most rewarding stepping stones in your career. You’re ambitious, excited and ready to jump into the creative world and all it’s technicolour. However, your inbox is empty and you can’t catch your break. The struggle is real.

Here are some handy tips to help you land your first creative internship, taken from personal experience.

Early Start

It’s never too early to reach out to creative agencies, even if you’re still at university or college. Making contact whilst studying shows initiative and passion for what you do – all very desirable qualities to an employer.

 

It’s about who you know

Whether it’s tutors, friends or friends-of-friends, networking is key so make use of the people around you and try to build as many connections as you can.

Your tutors can help you get in touch with creative people or graduates who work in the industry. University degree shows are especially useful for talking to creative professionals so are worth going all out for. I even met Karl – my future boss – at mine.

 

“Pick up the phone and start dialling”

It may seem simple (or just me quoting ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’), but actually, speaking to somebody on the phone and having a conversation can be more memorable than sending an email.

 

Get Your Work Online

Having an online presence, whether that’s a website portfolio or an account on social media, means you’re able to share your work easily and professionally. Anywhere, anytime with anyone.

 

Get Schmoozing

Go to industry talks and events near you. In Manchester, there’s always a creative or design event to go to. Make sure you’re open and approachable as you don’t know who you might meet and what opportunities may arise.

 

Patience, Persistence and Politeness

The creative industry is competitive, so it could take time to catch your first break. My advice is to stay positive and be patient knowing that your time will come. Keeping an open mind to new opportunities is key, too.

 

The Flow Lab

At Flow, we offer internships and work experience. I always enjoy working with the up and coming generation of passionate creatives and designers so know that if you come to Flow, you’ll be in for a warm welcome.

Internships are a great stepping stone towards that ultimate goal of getting your first job. In any agency, big or small, your placement will allow you to “get your foot in the door”, surrounding yourself with the people in that agency. And by showing that you’re keen, eager to learn and generally a nice person, you’ll go far!

I interned at Flow for five months before becoming a “fully fledged member of the team” as a Junior Motion Graphic Designer. I’d say that my internship was the most valuable experience for my personal development. There’s nothing like positioning yourself in an agency environment and getting stuck in with live projects. I was given a lot of responsibility, which helped develop my skills quickly. Two years on and no longer a junior, I’ve had the privilege to be involved in award-winning campaigns for clients such as the BBC and Arts Council England.

Flow’s on the lookout for interns to help on client projects, so get in touch with your showreel now. We can’t wait to hear from you.

E: Hello@weareflow.uk

T: 0161 236 1232

Flow Creative