At its core, Portfolio Night is an event where aspiring young advertising copywriters, art directors, and designers meet with several renowned advertising creative directors in a fast-paced evening of advice, networking and recruitment. Since its inception in 2003, Portfolio Night has grown to a global event reaching creative hubs in every continent in an evening where the best of the present meets the best of the years to come.
You’ve been working on your portfolio for months. You’ve slaved away at a top-notch ad school. And now you’re ready to step into the wonderful world of advertising and design!
Portfolio Night is a perfect chance to not only showcase your work to many of the top creative directors in your city all in one evening, but to get important facetime with them as well. You’ll make new contacts and gain valuable advice from industry superstars on how to make your portfolio shine. If you’re lucky (and very, very talented) you just might find yourself on the receiving end of a job offer!
Each city's creative directors will select the best portfolio, naming the creative as the evening's All-Star. Our All-Stars from around the globe will compete in a virtual brief competition in teams and the winning team will be flown to NYC in September.
Even if you’re not signing a job contract at the end of the evening, Portfolio Night is an exciting experience. Have a drink or a bite to eat with your peers and make a new friend or two. Meet with industry-related companies who just might have the tips and tricks you need to improve your work. All in a cool environment that respects the obstacles you faced just to make it this far. After all, the Portfolio Night team knows exactly what it’s like to be in your shoes, as many of us were junior creatives ourselves.
You’ve worked hard for many years, and although the hours are still long, your efforts have paid off. But while the view from the upper echelons is grand, you’ll never forget that it all started with somebody giving you the chance to make your first impact.
Portfolio Night is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the industry, by guiding the earliest steps of the future copywriters, art directors and designers. These young creatives work tirelessly and often travel hundreds and even thousands of miles for the chance to meet with you and learn from your advice.
While many creative directors attend Portfolio Night for altruistic reasons, it’s no secret that many others also attend with their eyes keenly looking for the Next Big Thing. Every year, in every city, there are some gems among the young creatives who could prove to be a perfect fit for your team. Portfolio Night thus becomes a crucial tool in recruiting fresh talent.
If you are interested in reviewing for Portfolio Night, please reach out to your local City Host or The One Club for Creativity.
A globe spanning event such as Portfolio Night would be an impossible task if not for the passion and commitment of the City Hosts championing the evening in cities all over the world. City Hosts prove themselves to be leaders in their cities, rallying their peers to get involved in the worthy — and necessary — cause of supporting the next generation of creative talent. It takes a lot of drive, but being a City Host gets your city and your voice heard on the ad industry’s global stage.
City Hosts work alongside the Portfolio Night team, coordinating every last detail to ensure that the night runs as smoothly as possible. They know their cities better than anybody else, and lay the groundwork that leads to an incredible evening. The reward? You mean besides the rush of giving back to your industry, the pride of helping dozens of young creatives take their first steps and the recognition of your peers within your town and around the world? Just some old fashioned good karma.