Dan Nelken Talk + Social

Join Dan Nelken at this Talk + Social event for creatives in Vancouver.

Thursday, April 4th at The Beaumont Studios (326 W 5th Ave)

From CA$19.44

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Secrets of a creative director: Why senior creatives need personal projects—and how to finish yours

Make sh*t that matters to YOU

Join Dan Nelken on April 4, 2024

How do you prioritize your passion projects when you’re always short on time?

Dan Nelken’s work has appeared in big brand campaigns and international award shows.
But after decades in advertising, he was tired of watching great ideas get castrated by committee.

Dan wanted the freedom to direct his own work and flex his skills without worrying about briefs, approvals, and brand reputation.

But it was never the right time or the right idea. 

Then Dan found out that his wife was pregnant. 
His little girl could have been the PERFECT excuse to procrastinate for another 5 years

…but she became his biggest motivator.

Dan remolded his schedule to fit his personal work into his busy life as a CD, copywriter, and dad.

After 8 years of stops and starts, he found a way to finish a book that HE cared about. By shifting from creative to creator, Dan produced his greatest work (the book has gone on to be an international bestseller). It has made him a more confident creative professional — and reignited his passion for the craft.

Your personal work should NOT be a massive time-suck, add to burnout, or leave you broke.

On April 4, Dan will pull back the curtain and share his journey in producing self-directed projects.

If you work in creative services, attend this Talk + Social to discover: 

  • Why personal projects are critical for mid-to-senior creatives (if you’ve stopped caring about the work—this is for you)
  • Dan’s counterintuitive method for picking the right project from your pile of half-baked ideas
  • Simple tips for finding your audience and making money (Dan has amassed 39K followers just by building in public)
  • How to silence your inner critic — and get your work across the finish line 

Join us for drinks and pizza with talented local creatives — and discover how to make the empowering move from creative to creator.

April 4, 2024

6:15pm: Doors open, pizza
6:30pm: Intros, housekeeping
6:45pm: Dan Nelken’s talk
7:35pm: Q+A, drinks, social

Don’t miss out. Register now.

Dan Nelken is a Copywriter and Creative Director based in Vancouver, Canada. He’s worked on many brands you’d be very impressed with and even more that you wouldn’t. His work has appeared in award shows nationally, internationally, and on his mother’s fridge.

He’s also known as a speaker and the author of the best-selling A Self-Help Guide for Copywriters. Much to his inner critic’s disappointment, his creative craft and confidence have been rising by leaps and bounds.

And he’s grateful to share all he’s learning with anyone who will lend an ear.


This event for creatives in Vancouver is organized by Creative Pulse.

Creative Pulse is a volunteer-driven organization that provides unpretentious events for Vancouver’s commercial creatives.

Grab a drink with talented designers, photographers, video professionals, and copywriters from every corner of the industry. Get inspired  — and find new collaborators!

No one turned away for lack of funds.

Refund Policy

Requests for ticket refunds will be honored up to one day before the event. Please note that refunds will not be processed for requests made within 24 hours of the event start time.