What are the most and least enjoyable aspects of your job?
Filling out time sheets is probably the least enjoyable aspect (although they are very important for us all getting paid). The best thing is getting your teeth stuck into a fresh brief. Riffing ideas is a really great feeling, there are always so many possibilities.
What skills are essential to your job?
People skills. Good relationships make everything better and more enjoyable. If you can’t speak honestly and openly to the people you work with, it’s going to be 100,000 times harder. Also, presentation: you have to be able to convey an idea with your voice, face, eyes, hands, feet, knees; every part of yourself.
What tools do you use most for your work?
A Macbook pro for reading and coming up with ideas, my phone for notes, the Notes programme, Word, Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, a notebook and A4 layout pad, a marker pen and a clicky biro (it’s nice to fidget).
Would you say your work allows for a good life-work balance?
If you love what you do, there doesn’t have to be a balance, because it’s all good. Obviously it’s important to look after yourself, get rest and see people, but if you don’t love it you’re probably doing the wrong thing.