Well, judging by his LinkedIn, it appears to be so. Just six months after officially assuming the title of digital group creative director at Deutsch LA, Jerome Austria is apparently back on the freelance circuit. We’re double-checking with the agency, which Austria first joined as a freelance CD last fall. During his full-time stay at Deutsch LA, the creative worked on the Volkswagen business, perhaps most notably on the “Fast vs. Fast” campaign for the automaker from earlier this summer.
Prior to Deutsch LA, Austria spent nearly three years at W+K New York, where he along with Kevin Proudfoot once led the creative department. We’ll update once we hear from the Deutsch camp.
Update: The Deutsch camp confirms that Austria has indeed departed (amicably) and is currently embarking on a “4-month surfing vacation,” which has him currently landing in Bali. Regarding reasons for his departure, we’ve been told that Austria “had not really wanted a full-time gig, but liked what he was doing so much here that he joined Deutsch LA. After he came aboard, he realized that he really preferred the flexibility of freelance life.”