A 2019 AWARD-WINNING copywriter AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR in London who understands the difference between what you have and what you get is the way you write.
My tendency to write can be traced back generations. My grandfather, whose shoes I briefly filled when I was asked to write an editorial feature for The Times in June 2016 and again in December 2018, was an archivist and political columnist for the newspaper himself. As a child, I received accolades for my short stories and creative writing assignments, with one teacher going so far as to say that if I didn't pursue a writing career, it'd be criminal.
Much of my early work is rooted in art. In 2012, I flew to Lijiang in Yunnan Province, China. It was here I penned poems inspired by the Naxi people and their Neolithic cave paintings buried deep inside the Himalayas. On my return, a selection of my poetry was exhibited at the Bankside Gallery in London. I also worked alongside veteran Series Producer Fraser Sheppard to co-write "The Forgotten Kingdom" - an acclaimed documentary funded and televised by ITV.
A subsequent move to London dictated my next step. I picked up a scriptwriting gig while freelance copywriting on the side, before landing an in-house role which made it possible for me to become the storyteller I always wanted to be and get paid for it.
Since then, I've been building big and small brands all over the City (and as far as New York), while continually pushing my own boundaries. I'm happiest when I'm writing, perfecting, honing, and polishing – and I intend to keep doing it until the bones in my fingers dry out.