Next Creative Leaders

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2022 Next Creative Leaders - NCL Winner Profile

Jessica Pester

Agency Jessica Pester

Client NCL 2022

Category

NCL 2022

Annual ID

NCL22_Pester_0

Jessica Pester

Jessica Pester

Droga5
New York, United States

Region: North America

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I’m a Senior Art Director, twin (fraternal), part-time oil painter, cat-mom, and former student driver. Droga5 is currently my main squeeze, where I’ve bared my soul on New York Times, Huggies, Hennessy, a LinkedIn pitch, and some other exciting clients. I've also had the opportunity to mentor up-and-comers trying to break into the industry through the D5in10 program. Before that, I was the only Art Director at a small agency, where I wore a few too many hats, but got the best experience leading and advocating for creatives. And before that, I cut my teeth (ouch) at Anomaly, rolling deep on Diageo (Crown Royal, Don Julio, Buchanans, etc), Ally Bank, and Panera.

I always say I came to advertising “late”. In a “past life”, I was an Americorps VISTA, a PA on the set of a few indie film projects, a graphic designer for a start-up, and a painting assistant in Jeff Koons’ studio. I know how challenging it is to figure out what you want to do with your life, so I’ve been very open to connecting and sharing my experiences with people who are in that boat, trying to navigate these hairy seas.

Work

Title

Independent Journalism for an Independent Life

Agency

Jessica Pester

Client

NCL 2022 | Jessica Pester

Annual ID

NCL22_Pester_10

Category

2022 NCL Winner's Work: NCL 2022

Independent Journalism for an Independent Life

Agency: Droga5
Client: The New York Times
https://www.jessicapester.com/#/thenewyorktimes/
Title

World Obsessed

Agency

Jessica Pester

Client

NCL 2022 | Jessica Pester

Annual ID

NCL22_Pester_20

Category

2022 NCL Winner's Work: NCL 2022

World Obsessed

Agency: Droga5
Client: Huggies
https://www.jessicapester.com/#/huggies/
Title

Story Portrait

Agency

Jessica Pester

Client

NCL 2022 | Jessica Pester

Annual ID

NCL22_Pester_30

Category

2022 NCL Winner's Work: NCL 2022

Story Portrait

Agency: Droga5
Client: The New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/subscription/storyportrait
Title

Yayhound

Agency

Jessica Pester

Client

NCL 2022 | Jessica Pester

Annual ID

NCL22_Pester_40

Category

2022 NCL Winner's Work: NCL 2022

Yayhound

Agency: Bakery Agency
Client: Yayhound
https://www.jessicapester.com/#/yayhound/
Title

To The Core (Rebrand)

Agency

Jessica Pester

Client

NCL 2022 | Jessica Pester

Annual ID

NCL22_Pester_50

Category

2022 NCL Winner's Work: NCL 2022

To The Core (Rebrand)

Agency: Anomaly NY
Client: Crown Royal Regal Apple
https://www.jessicapester.com/#/crown-royal-regal-apple/

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