Hannah Vatandoust Brixton Finishing School

Hannah Vatandoust

It’s pretty insane how fast this summer flew by but what’s more insane is that I’m graduating from Brixton Finishing School with an internship at R/GA!!! Here’s 10 things I learnt in 10 weeks:

1. Ally Owen is truly a g.
2. Talent comes from so many different places and the amazing people I had the pleasure of starting my journey with exemplify this.
3. So many agencies want to help diversify the industry and need a framework to do it well (and others need a wake up call).
4. You have to be disruptive to get noticed.
5. Networking isn’t as scary as it seems.
6. You should form relationships with everyone and anyone – no interaction is time wasted.
7. Do this by asking interesting questions!
8. You shouldn’t trust statistics alone – raw human insights are the key to good work.
9. Inspiration can come from anywhere.
10. You should never be afraid to be unapologetically different.

A million thank yous to everyone involved with BFS and the lovely industry professionals that I met along the way. I’m sure I will cross paths with you all again.

Jess Payen Brixton Finishing School

Jess Payen

Today marks my first week at Kinetic Worldwide! I was welcomed in with open arms and I’ve learnt & experienced so much already – my team took me along to Ocean’s 2019 Digital Creative Competition at the IMAX which was amazing!

Brixton Finishing School for Digital Talent provided so much support, knowledge and opportunities within the advertising industry and for a person who struggles with anxiety it has given me so much confidence. I would have never of had the strength or knowledge to have got where I am today working for the leading global out-of-home specialist Agency without this course and the Incredible Ally Owen

Luca Casu Brixton Finishing School

Luca Casu

Before starting the BFS course I didn’t have a clue about the roles on offer in the advertising industry. It felt like a ‘secret society’ that was open to only a select few. But, the insightful immersion days at BFS taught me so much, whether it be about the roles or what it takes to succeed in this growing industry. I fell in love with programmatic advertising after the immersion day at Rubicon Project where I was subsequently offered a role as Revenue Operations Specialist. I am excited to kick start my career in this innovative company

Darnell Reid Brixton Finishing School

Darnell Reid

I really am grateful for the platform that Brixton Finishing School for Digital Talent has given me – especially the endless classes taught by experts within their field. I can’t thank Ally Owen enough for how much she’s helped me grow these past few months.

Can’t wait to see what the future holds!

Munraj Brixton Finishing School


Brixton Finishing School is an incredible opportunity for anyone looking to realise their creative potential. The programme is intense and through it you form life lasting relationships, and grow through practical creative application. You’re given a foot in the door of world shaping companies, in an industry that’s sadly not unwelcoming, but uninviting, to most. This is also why BFS is an opportunity like no other for the creative industries too, as it gives the participants and the partner companies of the scheme a chance to change the industry for the better. There truly is nothing like this for the creative industries and everything Brixton Finishing School does is designed to live their ethos – disrupt the industry.

Kianna Joseph Brixton Finishing School

Kianna Joseph

Looking back on everything that I experienced over 10 weeks on the course, I feel so grateful to have been selected to take part. The Brixton finishing school gave me an amazing mentor that supported me when I was applying for jobs, contacts in the industry that are willing to advise me as I start my journey and the course has been a massive part of my personal development. I’ve met some lovely people that my experience on the course wouldn’t be the same without and felt truly inspired and encouraged by the sponsors supporting the school.

Tom Richter

I came onto Brixton Finishing School after leaving a job in logistics and customer service to pursue a career in an advertising role. Before Brixton Finishing School I had never had the opportunity to fully understand what roles there might be for me and I finally found an area that I could get my teeth stuck into. I have always been passionate about branding and communications but especially in health and communications. 90Ten felt like it really suited my morals and beliefs as health and communications is in my DNA. I started at 90Ten on 7th October and I’m really happy to be making a change for the greater good!


A very interesting and valuable experience. I learnt a lot about both what it’s like to work for a range of agencies through immersion days and on a range of career options there are in advertising. This gave me a good grounding in the basics. It really made me think more about what I want to take out from my future workplace and I liked how from the guest talks and workshops, it enabled me to become more bold and confident with my skills and personality.

Leanne Spencer

My time at Brixton Finishing School began with a tentative step into the unknown; what if. I was a freelance writer and graphic designer going into the course, so I knew I had skill. What I didn’t know was that I also had people in my corner, whom I’d never even met. The beauty of BFS is that there is no “typical student” – the creatives come in all shapes and sizes and from every imaginable walk in life, brought together by Ally Owen’s singleminded proposition. “What if Diversity wasn’t a PR buzzword in ad agencies, but instead, the natural progression in the evolution of advertising.” I went into BFS with a four-year-old laptop and a lot of righteous indignation, and I came out with a full scholarship to SCA 2.0

Alfie Singleton, BFS Graduate now at Kinetic Worldwide

What were you doing before BFS?

I had worked in a number of different roles such as data entry, and warehouse stock management.

What did you get out of BFS?

BFS was a source of confidence – I left knowing I was prepared to begin applying for roles within media because of the skills I had gained.

Where are you now?

Now I work in the Kinetic OOH team at Mindshare, and have been there since November.

Tramaine Bailey, BFS Graduate now at Vizeum Global

What I was doing Before BFS

Before BFS I had just come to the end of an apprenticeship in the community sector and was searching for my next career venture.

What I got out of BFS

Through BFS I gained valuable insight into to the media industry and important life skills such as networking effectively.

Where am I now?

I am now an Innovation Executive at Vizeum Global.

Amie Sesay, BFS Graduate now at Vizeum Global

Graduate of BFS, now Account Executive at Vizeum Global

What you were doing before BFS?   

I was studying A Levels at sixth Form college.

What did you get out of BFS?  

Access to a network and industry, Building soft skills and knowledge, Accelerated access into the industry – resulting in a job

Where you are now?

Account exec at Vizeum Global

Davis Boetang, BFS Graduate now at Primesight

What I was doing before BFS?

I was in between jobs, working in various bars and at M&S to try and get by. But I needed a long-term plan to get me to the next step of where I needed to be and luckily I got accepted onto the program, to learn something new.

What did you get out of BFS?

The course  gave me a glimpse of what advertisers look for in the audience they’re capturing!

Where are you now?

After the course, my contract ended at M&S yet Primesight hired me straight away, as one door closed another one opened. Could say it was a blessing in disguise!

Andy Aw, BFS Graduate now at Rubicon Project

What you were doing before BFS?   

I was unemployed, applying to a million things which I wasn’t exactly sure what they were but was looking for opportunities.

What did you get out of BFS?  

A lot of information. Everyone comes out of education or something with a dream job,  BFS helped me realise what is fantasy and what is actually achievable and of course there is a lot of things you’ll have to muddle through to figure out what you actually want to, but when you are in a situation where everyone else is in the same figurative boat, you don’t have to muddle alone and helps if you have fun along the way.

Where you are now?

A Rubicon Project Account Executive, really happy where I am now, I only discovered my interest into programmatic advertising until a field experience trip to Oath. I came from a tech background in my education and glad I found something that aligns with that.