Juliana Ardila is an Associate Creative director at FCBwest in San Francisco. She’s originally from Bogota.
Everything started with the Young Lions Competition at Cannes Lions. They launched the design competition in 2013 and we won both in Colombia and at Cannes! That led to me moving to Dubai, then New York City, Toronto and finally San Francisco, where I live and work now.
I admire all the women that had to break through the male-dominated beginnings of advertising. I admire all the parents who have had to homeschool and work from home during this time – I still don’t know how they do it. Finally, I absolutely admire all the immigrants who have had to change their lives, language, and commodities for the hope of fulfilling a dream.
Of course! Being a woman already comes with its challenges. Add to that the fact that English is not my first language. I still struggle to have my voice heard and position myself as a leader with a limited set of words. It’s hard to take in that you can be two completely different work persons depending on the language. Nonetheless, those same reasons encourage me not to settle and keep working and bettering myself and my work.
Do not settle; do not get discouraged. Challenges are there precisely for that: to challenge us. You can either let it destroy you or make you stronger.
The Clorox campaign from 2019. It’s definitely the most fun one!