Preparing a (Kick-ass) Portfolio

I’ve been working as a Creative Manager for over 18 years now, give or take a few days. I’ve produced mobile content for some of the biggest telcos in the Southeast Asian Region, provided storyboards and animatics for the US and UK advertising industry, and I currently oversee the provision of creative services to the…

Bit by Bit

I once played an extra (also called a bit player in some circles) in an indie movie. One of my best friend’s father was a film maker and he needed bit players in an indie film he was making for a Non-Government Organization (NGO). The budget was quite tight (as is usually the case with…

Write, said Fred

For the earlier part of my blogging career, I found that maintaining a blog was oftentimes a mad scramble to find something interesting to write about or to write something interesting about mundane stuff. My goal at the time was to publish something everyday and I did manage it but the content wasn’t very good….

Nowhere to go but UP

The only college entrance exam test I ever took was the UPCAT. People might think it’s ballsy but trust me: it wasn’t because of some misplaced overconfidence in my intellectual ability or even destiny. Truth be told, the only reason why the University of the Philippines was the only school I aspired to was because…

Manners

I love watching movies in cinemas on the big screen, like it was intended to be seen by its creators. There’s something magical seeing a story unfold in a darkened room, larger than life. The only thing I really don’t like are the other people watching the movie with me. I certainly am not generalizing…

Working it Out

I go to the gym now (or a box, as the preferred term). Yes, I CrossFit. Truth be told, I didn’t seek to do CrossFit specifically. I was looking for something that looked fun, was close to where I live, and wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. I did a Google Search of what…

Interview: Alodia Gosiengfiao

Many years ago I asked Alodia Gosiengfiao to make me a one page comic story for my short-lived project, Pocket Comics. We also did an interview to accompany her story. Let me warn you however, that this interview with Alodia, or Edjie as she’s known by friends, is really old. How old you ask? She…

3 Skills an Ambitious Creative Should Have

Say you’re currently a graphic designer or a writer working in the Creative Field. You’re new in the industry, currently in a junior position, but you have big dreams. You aspire to move up the corporate ladder and eventually take your place among the movers and shakers of the field, calling the shots. The question…

Looking for Graphic Artists

The Graphic Artist is an integral part of the Creative Team, required to produce first class online/offline materials for all Ladbrokes Coral Group marketing channels and provide general support to the Studio Manager. He/She should be highly creative with strong attention to detail, producing consistently high quality graphics for promotional, content, and product. The Graphic Artist should have: Significant…

Singing my Heart Out

I once joined an amateur singing contest when I was younger. Much younger. It was the summer of 1994 and I was a college freshman in UPLB. Walking along campus one day, two of my friends and myself, came upon a stray poster announcing an amateur singing contest to be held the coming weekend. “Sali…

It’s Okay to Fail

Learning to fail is counter-intuitive to everything we’ve been taught since we were school kids. In fact, most educational systems are designed around the concept: do things right and you get ahead. Those who do otherwise are considered problematic to say the least. We, as children, learn over time that failure was something to be…

Looking for Web Developers

The Web Developer will be responsible for managing all web and mobile products for the Ladbrokes Coral Group, execute all web publishing tasks across all channels, and mentor junior members of the Creative Team in web development techniques. He/She will create visually appealing sites that feature user-friendly design and clear navigation. The Web Developer works in the Creative team…