I was born. That was stressful. Crap at school, left at 15. Got job as messenger boy/tea maker at an art studio in London. Beaten up a lot. Decided to bag it and got accepted to Harrow School of Art. Graduated. Got job as a junior junior art director at a shitty place in Soho…but it was a start. Did terrible work…was fairly clueless then suddenly had a realization that advertising is really just about making connections with people…being funny, being honest, being inspiring, engaging, making friends. I could do that. Started doing better work. Won a bunch of fancy awards. Met American sweetheart. Got married. Moved to USA. Ogilvy, TBWA Chiat Day, then I had a whim to experiment more. Founded Mad Dogs & Englishmen. Really productive. Amazing place for youngsters to find their voice. 14 years later closed up. Sad day…long story…all good though. Went to Euro RSCG for a year or so. Made some nice work, met some nice people…ish…but not the place for me. Walked into Wieden + Kennedy. "Hey Nick…you wanna to go to China to help run and grow our Shanghai office. How can I say no? Amazing adventure. Surreal experience. Two years turned into four and a lot of pioneering work. China, tick. Back to San Francisco and lots of projects with some amazing companies…ya know…Goodby, Twitter, then most recently Creative X at Facebook. As we say in the homeland, "Yeah…mustn't grumble".
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