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22 July 2015 by Emma

WHO ARE THEY? WHAT ARE THEY DOING? AND WHY DO I NEED TO MEET THEM?

WHO ARE THEY? WHAT ARE THEY DOING? AND WHY DO I NEED TO MEET THEM?

Hi,

Our names are Emma Gallagher and Lucy Harrison, we recently graduated from Northumbria University with a degree in Advertising and Media.

Student life

Between exploring Newcastle’s famous nightlife and writing the odd essay we began working as a creative pair- and Gall & Harri was born. We suddenly realised our calling in life, to be the best creative pair of this generation- or something similar.

When given the choice between a dissertation and a paired creative project- it’s no surprise we chose to spend our third year of Uni working on a creative brief together. We decided to choose a live brief from the ‘YCN Student Awards’ for Santander. Despite it being a topic neither of us were familiar with or interested in we chose to make the most of the challenge. Even though we now cower at the sight of Jessica Ennis on a billboard; we did manage to walk away with an award!

Making it in the real world

Our tutor Andy Frith painted us the perfect picture of what our careers could entail. Two Creatives working in a big city, London? New York? Tackling exciting briefs for influential clients and making a name for ourselves in the industry. Oh how naive. We soon realised we would have to kiss a lot of frogs to eventually find our ‘Advertising Agency in Shining Armour’. After spending unspeakable amounts on train fare to knock on some agencies’ doors, we were turned away by countless (and quite frankly rude) secretaries, we managed to sit down with one creative director who gave us a glimmer of hope. We began to take our portfolio very seriously, and began to promote ourselves as a Freelance Creative Team.

So that brings us to today, we were lucky enough to be taken in by OS12 and given the opportunity to work with their team. They have some very exciting projects for us to get started on, best get crackin’!

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