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Kelly Beck-Byrnes

creative hybrid · brand cultivator · idea generator · screenwriter


Kelly Beck-Byrnes

Creative Director, Writer, Art Director

When Kelly was ten years old she was the second fastest 100-meter backstroker in the world in her age group. From that point on, her life took a downward spiral as she didn’t swim more than 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 she’s been trying to be the second best 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, Kelly began her career at Fallon McElligott in Minneapolis. Two years later she moved to the West Coast to tackle new creative challenges at agencies such as TBWA/Chiat/Day, Vitro Robertson, and Siltanen & Partners where she partnered as Co-Creative Director with Rob Siltanen as the agency launched.

Kelly takes on freelance projects that include both writing and art directing. Recent endeavors include projects from The Martin Agency, Razorfish, Portland and Strawberry Frog, NY and Amsterdam. Projects entail brand launch platform thinking as well as 360-degree conceptualizing across all mediums and consumer touchpoints. Kelly’s 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 she once achieved as a child, Kelly has 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 her spare time, Kelly enjoys signing animal rights petitions and screenwriting. In fact, a couple of her scripts have won and placed high in some of the top screenwriting contests in the world.

Follow Kelly on Twitter @stellasmission and help change an animal’s life for the better.


See a list of the accounts Kelly’s worked on.