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Lessons from London as a young advertising creative

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12:00 PM | 26 October 2015
by Hanna Stenwall
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Hanna Stenwall is a Creative at Grey London, a creative advertising agency. She shares what it was like to move to London for the first time, and some advice on starting out as a young creative.

When I first moved to London I was filled with energy, anticipation and restlessness. Mainly because I never planned it, I never wanted to go to London. It was just the first interesting opportunity that approached me and I said yes, because my gut screamed no.

I didn’t know what to expect from London as a city, the industry or the people. But here are some life lessons I would like to share with you.

We all get lost at some point

I ran straight into a wall after my first month of placement. I was alone in a new city that was way bigger than I felt comfortable exploring. I wasn’t going to survive as a single creative and I had absolutely no money in my pocket and no savings. I had no plan, no place to live, no nothing. But I wasn’t going back to Stockholm to an even bigger ‘nothing’. I just had to figure this out.

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