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Kelly Beck-Byrnes

creative hybrid · brand cultivator · idea generator · screenwriter

About

Kelly Beck-Byrnes

Creative Director, Writer, Art Director

When I was ten years-old I was the second fastest 100-meter backstroker in the world in my age group. From that point on, my life took a downward spiral as I swam only a few seconds faster over the course of the following ten years, achieving the longest known plateau in the history of swimming. The good news is I’ve been desperately trying to be number one at something ever since.

After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and a two-year postgraduate degree from the Portfolio Center in Atlanta, I began my career at Fallon McElligott in Minneapolis where I joined forced with Duffy Design to launch FM2. Two years later I moved to the West Coast to tackle new creative challenges at agencies such as TBWA/Chiat/Day, Vitro Robertson, and Siltanen & Partners where I partnered as Co-Creative Director with Rob Siltanen to help launch the agency.

I take on freelance projects that include writing, art directing, and design. Recent endeavors include projects from The Martin Agency, Razorfish, Portland and Leo Burnett, Chicago. At Strawberry Frog, NY I worked as CD to oversee teams in Amsterdam. Projects entail brand launch platform thinking as well as 360-degree conceptualizing across all mediums and consumer touchpoints. I’ve also freelanced at many other agencies including BBDO, JWT, RPA, Wieden and Kennedy, Fallon, Goodby Silverstein & Partners and 180˚ Los Angeles, to name a few.

Though nothing will ever compare to the fleeting success I once achieved as a child, I’ve managed to collect a few awards in advertising including The One Show (sliver pencils), Communication arts, The Art Director’s club, Cannes finalist, the London International Advertising Awards, the Los Angeles Belding Bowl & finalist and Graphis.

In my spare time, I enjoy signing and sharing animal rights petitions as well as screenwriting. In fact, a couple of my scripts have won and placed high in some of the top screenwriting contests in the world, which won me a literary agent and manager in Hollywood. Check out kellyscreenwriter.com

Follow me on Twitter @stellasmission and help change an animal’s life for the better.
Contact me at kellbex@gmail.com.

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See a list of the accounts I’ve worked on.