One Week in London
About one month ago, I decided to leave NYC behind, and instead of going back to Toronto (where I moved to last summer), I flew back to Europe. Determined to find that opportunity that would bring me back to NYC, indefinitely. To find this opportunity, I realized that I had to find a place (a city, company), or even just one-person that wants me to be in NYC. To improve the odds of finding that one connection, I originally moved to Toronto. Another big city in North-America that was, what I thought, very closely connected with NYC. But that turned out to not really be the case. Toronto is very close to NYC. That is true. But NYC is not close to Toronto at all. In NYC, no-one really talks about Toronto (or Canada for that matter), but there is one other city in the world NYC does talk about: LONDON.
What I’ve been doing
So there I went. I flew back from NYC to Amsterdam, had a one-week brake at my parents house and took the bus to London. A friend of mine (shoutout to Pedram) was staying in London and was nice enough to give me a place to stay for a week. I had one objective: finding a company with offices in the United States (NYC especially) in the advertising industry (I’ll explain that one later) that would be interested in hiring me and maybe eventually sending me out back to NYC.
Related Article: What happened in Toronto (and why I’m going to London)
So to start, I did what I always do when I visit a new City, go to LinkedIn. I had made a list of companies in London that had an office in NYC in the advertising industry before, and on my first day in London, I started reaching out to people in those companies: account managers, account planners, designers, UX designers, directors…
And the day after, I had a phone call with Wieden+Kennedy (one of the best creative agencies in the world) and a meeting with a UX designer at Digitas. A company so big their slogan is “We’re so global that we’re local”. Sounds perfect for me ;) And after these meetings, I did the same thing over, and over, and over until the day I left.
Related Article: One week in New York City
What’s gonna happen now
So after one week of doing this, I got an email from someone I talked to the first day who asked me to contact his previous employer, WCRS. They have an Internship program that grands you one week of work experience. Unpaid, and no assurances, but this is exactly what I’m looking for. It gives me the opportunity to ‘prove’ myself by working. Not by talking or having a fancy reference, but by being able to show what I can do.
The internship starts on February 4th 2019. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes ;)
About Louis De Keyser
Louis is a 20 year old, in the process of moving from Belgium to his dream city, New York. He was the founder and CEO of Tiny House Belgium, a Tiny House Design and Construction company that focused on promoting the idea of 'smaller living' and 'living life without a mortgage'. He sold his business in January 2017 to pursue his dream of moving to North-America.