Agency Life: Meet Jayne Smith

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Every single member of the team brings something different and unique to our company. Each month we take a closer look at someone to see what makes them tick, what they love about life at Six and their best piece of career advice. This month, it’s the turn of our Creative Artworker Jayne!

Over to you Jayne… 

What has been your career journey so far?

Oh my! Where do I begin? I started my journey with a YTS course in the 80’s (yes I’m that old). It was a work placement of 3 days a week with the remainder spent in college learning about design, or graphic communication, as they liked to call it then. My first placement was working in the studio at a local printer, where I learnt about pixels and picas and how to typeset on a Compugraphic typesetting machine. The artwork was created on drawing boards using rotary pens and bromides. I learned to find my way around a dark room and gained knowledge about Litho printing and finishing. My next placement introduced me to an Apple Macintosh computer. It didn’t have a full-colour screen but it was a lot easier than a Compugraphic. We used Page Maker to create Artwork and then Quark Xpress arrived on a floppy disk.

I’ve worked at printers, newspapers and telephone directories and for the last 25 years or so in marketing/creative agencies. The work has been so varied from newspaper adverts to marketing for banks and new housing estates, internal comms, direct marketing and now the digital age of web advertising/sites.

Six The Old Chapel in the sun

What do you love about Six?

The building itself is lovely and working in an open plan, light and airy environment is fab. Listening to the office banter and the Sonos playing in the background and taking in the tastefully decorated surroundings makes work life more pleasurable. The newly refurbished toilets are fantastic, there’s even a shower!

What is your career highlight?

Purely by chance, the printer I worked for was approached to produce and print a ‘Free Ads’ newspaper for Bristol. It was based on a London based paper called ‘Loot’. I remember I worked for 24 hours solid to produce the first edition on 2 new Apple Macs. When it came to printing it all out, the laser printer couldn’t cope with the file size and wouldn’t print. We had to break it down, print it out bit by bit and put it all back together pasting up on boards. There was a lot of pressure not to miss the print deadline as it had to be on the shelves on a certain day for its much-publicised launch. We made it by the skin of our teeth and Trade-It was born. It went from strength to strength for many years from appearing from once to three times a week on local newsagents shelves.

What three tracks would you add to the office Sonos?

Ain’t No Love (Ain’t No use) – Sub Sub featuring Melanie Williams

Under the Bridge – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Apparently Nothin’ ­– Young Disciples

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

If the question was one drink, it would be an easy one – Porn Star Martinis! But seeing as you can’t eat cocktails, I’ll go with pizza, preferably roasted veg!

pornstar Martinis in jaynes kitchen
A Pornstar Martini in Jayne’s new kitchen!

What is your hidden talent?

Painting & decorating. I love interior design and like seeing my ideas/inspirations come to life. We’ve recently had an extension at home and I now have my dream kitchen. I got brave with the use of bright orange and copper and a dark blue feature wall.

Tell us about something embarrassing which has happened to you whilst at work.

A few years ago, I closed down my Mac, packed my bag and put my coat on and started to walk out the office and said “bye” to my then Manager when he kindly pointed out to me it was 3.30pm not 5.30pm. I could have sworn my watch said 5.30, duh!

Jayne Smith - Creative Artworker | Six

Jayne Smith

July 25, 2018

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