5 minutes with... Andrew J Brown - Brass
Andrew J Brown
"A new agency 28 years young. Brass is a new breed of marketing communications agency. Using new insight, ideas and technology, we help clients succeed in a world of constant change."
What do you actually do?
Work on strategy and creative delivery and look after an eclectic department of writers, designers, 3D animators, coders, film makers, and art directors.
What would you be doing if you weren't doing that?
Mostly drawing cartoon dogs.
How did you get started in the industry?
I answered a really confused advert in the job centre that didn't really know what they wanted. I didn't really know what I wanted either so I was the perfect candidate. Then someone invented the internet and the rest is history.
What's your current favourite piece of creative work at the moment?
I liked the scary girls in the Chapman brothers' thing at White Cube.
What do you love about your job?
I've done the same thing for the last 15 years and it's been different every 6 months. Taking on an industry that didn't even exist when we started was ace, the speed of change in terms of what computers are capable of and how people use them has meant that we've been able to explore everything from experimental websites to games, movies, animation, music, events and installations.
If you could give one piece of advice for someone starting out, what would it be?
Embrace it all and just do stuff and see what happens. I think that the people who succeed in creative industries see their work as a vocation rather than an occupation. If you're not the sort of person who would be doing this even if no-one was paying you then you're probably not the right person to be doing it for money.
If you have one Super power what would it be?
Just the ability to remember things would be handy for me to be honest.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I'd like to be an author, or a film director, or an artist, or make a really cool computer game, or be in a rock band or a famous flamenco guitarist, or maybe run a theatre company or make fireworks or something.
What was your worst job and what did you learn from it?
Picking & Packing at Next Warehouse. Not to smoke before work.
You have already worked with some amazing brands, who would you like to work with next?
It can be surprising who you work for that offers the most fun or opportunity for creativity. I really enjoyed working with the BBC recently, so I guess I'd like to do more entertainment content mash ups.
Iphone or Blackberry?
Neither. Both. Actually I like my Android, it's the only phone left that still lets you in.
Your favourite app?
At the moment – worms J. Go Team17.
Too Cool for School or too School for Cool?
Too old skool for cool school
Facebook or Twitter?
Depends what I've had for tea.
Eat In or eat out?
Shake it all about.