PITCH COOL

When one door closes, we create another one.

Pitch Cool has been brewing at the back of my mind since I launched The Pitch Fanzine three years ago. This issue has met a few bumps in the road, but the ultimate goal has remained the same – a whole issue dedicated to stand-out creative talent, who also happen to be Black.
In this special issue, our featured talent share their stories of determination to succeed and how sometimes they’ve had to navigate their way around closed doors in their journey within the creative industry. In the end though, those closed doors have meant our talent has become multi-disciplinary – skilled at being creative in many different mediums – which can only hold them in good stead for the ever-changing creative landscape.

Our cover stars are:
Eloise King - Director / Creative Director / Executive Producer, signed to Prettybird
Sherrie Silver - Choregrapher (This is America video)

Our Pitch Cool supporters.

Pitch Cool would not have been possible without the support of our issue partners – WPP Adobe, WPP Health & Wellness Roots, Prettybird, Freefolk, Panavision, Direct Digital, Stripes, and our friends of the issue who supported through our #CrowdPitch campaign:
Aaron Christian / Director / Aaron Christian Studios
Anna Rose Kerr / Creative Lead / Havas London
Ben Sharpe / Head of Film / adam&eveDDB
Christopher Sweeney / Director
Chloe London 
Ete Davies
Emma Alexander / Founder & Executive Producer / Mother Bran
Free The Bid
Greg Fay / Writer & Director 
Kimon Kodossis / Co-founder and Creative Director / X!
Laura Jordan-Bambach / CCO / Mr President
Nicola Kemp
Peter Shuttleworth / Founder / Hoi Polloi
Pippa Bhatt / Founder / Coterie
And those who donated but wish to remain anonymous.
Thank You

Pitch Cool Talent in Residence @ D&AD

On Monday the 22nd (10:00-15:00) & Tuesday the 23rd (10:00-14:30) of October, we are hosting our first Talent in Residence series @ D&AD, on Cheshire Street (off Brick Lane), East London.
We are inviting our creative industry readers plus Primary School children aged 8+ and their parents to the event.
Selected talent (photographers, filmmakers, animators, producers, multi-disciplinary artists, and brand founders) featured in our latest issue Pitch Cool, will be sharing their stories and their work.
This is a chance for those working in the industry to mingle and chat with colleagues, as well as the parents and children, over Caribbean breakfast and lunch.
After lunch we are screening a short film and chatting with the directors.

Afternoon conversation with our brand founders

On Monday 22nd – Natasha & Rohan Clarke will talk about their shoe and lifestyle brand Uptown Yardie inspired by their Jamaican heritage, catering to men and women wanting something unique, that captures their individual style. The brand’s name is coined from the Bob Marley quote: “Me ah bring downtown uptown.”
On Tuesday 23rd – John Okungbaiye will share the story behind the brand High Spirit Bags, which was launched after a trip to New York City a few years ago.
Ade Hassan MBE, Founder of Nubian Skin (a trailblazing hosiery and lingerie brand which caters for black and brown women) will be sharing the story behind her brand and answering questions from the audience. 
We will finish each day with Jamaican cakes, tropical fruit juices and Guinness punch.
A limited amount of tickets are available for this event.
Please check prices and book up for a new experience HERE

Team Credits

Laura Jordan-Bambach

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  • Creative Partner, D&AD, Shesays, Dare, LBI, Glue London, I-D Media London, Lateral, Deepend, Terraplanet

Bre Graham

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Sherry Collins

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  • Founder / Editor PITCH
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Nana Bempah

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Anna Rose Kerr

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Nicola Kemp

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Eloise King

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