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Co-Founder & Managing Director
Lindsay was once fired from a magazine, perhaps because her communication skills extend far beyond a glossy page. In fact, she knows the phonetic and fingerspelling alphabets, is an absurdly fast typer, and always up for slightly inappropriate banter.
We mean the kind of banter that makes Lindsay laugh so uproariously that everyone in the studio stops what they’re doing to look over their monitors in astonished silence. We think it must be the same laugh that won over her imaginary friends Ali and Ixox when she was younger (it sure explains a lot).
Co-Founder & Creative Director
With a bunch of time on ‘client side’, Tristan knew it was time to give full-time content creation a red hot go. He’s a lover of getting down to it, making a way and solving problems. Tris is all about creating cool stuff; written, typography inspired, hand drawn, painted or shot, he’s got the eye.
An early riser, soy flat white drinker and golf extraordinaire. Tris believes ideas come in many forms and that’s the complexity of our weird and wonderful brains.
When Philippa started her career in advertising she first worked with Nestle. She’s never gotten over her love of chocolate. First love runs deep.
To rival her love of chocolate is a love of France. Francophile. This Francophile appreciates saucisson, vineyards, the French language and (happily for us) putting together a cheeseboard par excellence. While an obvious bon vivant, she’s always up for a challenge. She’s jumped out of a plane, jumped off a waterfall, swung over the Nevis canyon and climbed a live volcano… all even though she’s terrified of heights. She has also run a casual marathon on the Great Wall of China (a place not known for its running-friendly surface). It seems the one challenge she hasn’t confronted was her childhood aspiration to be a DJ, which she “luckily” grew out of. But it’s turned her into the 80s pop trivia master that she is today.
Senior Account Director
Not a morning person. But more of a person post-coffee. This describes Christina, but somehow it speaks for us all. After studying design and photography at uni Christina realised she could use both sides of her brain in advertising — and immediately enrolled in a masters. But she has useless talents too. She names reciting the alphabet in Italian and in sign language as talents that will not get her far in life.
Terrified of needles, she’s tried hypnosis to erase the fear — and now she doesn’t pass out when she’s getting jabbed in the arm. She still hates needles though. She is, however, a lover of gin, bad dad jokes and quoting a wide range of movies and television shows. At least after a coffee she is.
Senior Account Manager
At last! Someone who can take on the heavy responsibility of selecting a Spotify playlist in the Chello studio. Gabi takes her playlist curation very seriously and this is the change we need around here. As an art history buff she also rounds out our excess of movie trivia. Sure, it’s niche. But who hasn’t been totally bewildered by a question about Caravaggio at some point in their lives?
You can often find Gabi cooking up a storm but just know that she doesn’t actually follow recipes. Her Pinterest recipes are more of a visual reference.
She can also play three instruments… but it’s been a while between songs, so don’t ask to be serenaded any time soon. She can, however, put on an exquisite playlist for you.
Senior Account Manager
Spelt ‘Drou,’ pronounced ‘Drew,’ short for ‘Androulla,’ baptised as ‘Andrianna.’ Drou’s topsy-turvy naming conventions foreshadowed a lifetime of zany misadventures with equally far-reaching, confusing consequences. At the age of 8 or 9, she experienced a catastrophic food-poisoning incident courtesy of what she reasonably assumed to be a benign Filet-O-Fish.
As a result, she now suffers from an acute tomato sauce phobia and would prefer it if this vulnerable information is not circulated to her friends and co-workers or indeed via an extremely public work bio. However, this early brush with certain death has clearly imbued her with a fearless spirit: Drou has bungee jumped in Zimbabwe, sky-dived in South Africa, hiked for three weeks in the Himalayas and once sailed a hand-built wooden raft down the Amazon for a week in Bolivia.
Rosie harbours an irrational fear of lizards, including the garden variety. As far as fears go, it’s an original. Also original? Getting idioms mixed up. This is Rosie’s curse and we love it. Killing two stones with one bird? Sure! Finding a sore thumb in a haystack? Why not? This is how English will ultimately advance. She loves dad jokes and conspiracy theories equally. Which we can understand: one can be so bad they’re good and the other can be so absurd that they make sense. We’ll let you decide which is which.
Rosie also worships at the altar of sugar, subscribing to customs like dessert before dinner. Or, if you’re going for the jugular, dessert as breakfast. We think she’s working in the right place.
If spiders terrify you with their insistence on being present in your company, Ceri is the person to call on so that said spider can be released into a vicinity that is not your own. This makes her an asset in an office, and Australia more generally. Yet her first eighteen years of life were spent in small English towns – and London, where she hit the books at Central Saint Martins. With a fascination for the odd and macabre, her weakness is haunted houses.
She is unable to pass one without daring to enter, which may prove inconvenient at times. She is a proud parent to two rabbits, Ballet Slippers and Captain Willard.
When asking her loved ones for weird facts about her for this very bio, someone responded to Lauren, “You’re from Armidale”. Rude! But also…? Kinda funny.
In Armidale, she rode horses, competing in dressage and hack. (We’ll save you the Google: hacking is a kind of competitive horse presentation.) A chronic binger of Netflix, she’ll cross over into free-to-air if it involves anything MasterChef. Lauren also happens to love a cheese platter… We don’t hire cheese lovers on purpose, they just end up here somehow.
Alright Harry Potter-heads, you’ll want to meet David. He very nearly became Draco Malfoy for the films. He ended up as Tom Felton’s understudy for the first movie. Ultimately, he’s glad he didn’t get the role. (Probably because bleaching your hair for a decade to play a fictional teenage wizard is a big commitment.)
Armed with a philosophy degree, he’s got a head for complex logic and critical argument. We can see how that translated into becoming the head chef at an antipodean club in London after uni. But perhaps that job didn’t satisfy the performer in him. He’s part of an improv group and has performed at Sydney Fringe. Although, in his attempts at stand-up comedy he’s been booed off stage more often than he’s been laughed at. But he makes up for it with his enthusiasm for playing squash, wearing Tevas and drinking Guinness (perhaps not all at once).
Toby has done nothing wrong, ever, in his life. We know this, and we love him. The clear and present spuriousness of this fact means it is very hard to discuss anything he has done in his life, ever, professionally or otherwise. A Melbourne original and massive stereotype, he somehow got his start as a music journalist and has somewhat enjoyed the distinction of having his later work with Vice form the basis of several spicy documentaries.
We do mean spicy. One time his (now weirdly former) in-laws gathered the entire family around to revel proudly in Our Daughter’s New Beau and his great apparent feats of online careerism… only to Google and subsequently broadcast a montage of reprehensible [redacted] and unbelievably vile [redacted] to a packed living room of conservative Shire folk. The wedding was off.
Senior Motion Designer
Mark grew up in the howling Atlantic wind on the coast of West Ireland, in the rain, surrounded by his large family. Large in number, not in person.
It was probably here that he developed his love for music; listening, playing, and occasionally when no one is looking, having a little boogie. He asked for the word ‘boogie’ to be omitted but look, we feel it really gives it that Irish flair.
Mark is routinely found drawing, painting, animating, learning new things on computers and listening to long meandering podcast conversations about various ridiculous subjects. Including this week, ‘how to hone your boogie skills’.
Motion Designer & Illustrator
Things Will dislikes: attention, wasted time and negativity. But he likes movies, all kinds of movies, from sappy rom coms to high-brow cinema. Will is likely to be entangled in an art, illustration, or handicraft project at any one point in time. He also claims to be quite flexible but we are yet to confirm this in an office flex-off.
He lives by the quote, “Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well.” (And just quietly, we think it shows in his work.)
Senior Camera Operator & Editor
Shea (pronounced like shea butter, not shay-ah as Tristan discovered on day one) spent a lot of time in Asia shooting fast cars and luxury brands and joined our team to capture and release killer shots. An avid lover of James Bond books as well as the movies, he enjoys the fast pace and vicariously living a scandalous lifestyle.
Between the hours of 12-2am you’ll probably find Shea with a breakfast burrito in hand, because yolo, he believes you can enjoy a breakfast burrito at any time of the day.
Sophie’s secret skill? She’s a pro anagram solver. But when you meet her she is likely to be hungry and that’s the reason why she eats lunch as soon as it is socially acceptable (12:01pm, obviously).
But that doesn’t mean she’ll eat just anything. She dislikes foods that can’t commit to being a solid or a liquid, naming yoghurt, panna cotta and custard as perpetrators of this crime. Despite her city-dweller’s black wardrobe, with hints of navy, she’s a country girl. Or… she likes the humble sound of being a country girl. She left when she was four. But it’s still technically correct (the best kind of correct).
Natalie prefers dogs to people. We know this is true because whenever we go out for lunch or drinks we’ll invariably turn around to find that Nat has somehow coaxed a dog into her arms. Luckily she has her own staffy to shower adoration on: his name is Percy – or Percival if he’s being naughty.
Nat travels for food and has had the very distinct pleasure of eating both tarantula and starfish. (She turned down the sheep’s appendage though.) It has been verified that she makes a mean chocolate meringue almond torte.
Becky has two older sisters, 37 cousins and 17 aunts and uncles. Family get togethers must be frantic. And possibly the reason that Becky can eat three times her body weight at twice the advisable speed. This often results in a bout of hiccups so if you’ve got a weird hiccup cure we’ve got just the person to verify its effectiveness.
Having danced for eleven years she is r-e-a-d-y for any costume party that requires sequins, sparkles and feathers. She has paraglided off the Alps but remains terrified of heights.
Bec eats popcorn most days. Usually with chocolate. Another intriguing fact is that after working in marketing for five years, she studied graphic design and switched to the dark arts of creative. Bec waved goodbye to the rolling hills of Sweden three years ago to make her dream of living on the beach come true. And now it has. In fact, if you can’t find her, she’s probably on the sand with a book or in a yoga studio.
She claims to be the world’s slowest eater which makes her a terrible person to share food with. Or a great one, depending on how aggressively you pick off other people’s plates?
Lucy is from a big family and a small town. But if you were alive in Australia in the early naughts, you’ll know of this town… Lucy is from the “very exotic” Shropshire. She originally came to Australia for a six month holiday but that was six years ago and she hasn’t made plans to leave. She’s worked in waste management, transport and property but after three and a half years in an agency knew that this was the right industry for her. Lucy is most annoyed by slow walkers and loves any meal she doesn’t have to cook. Or that comes with a wine. Better make it both.
Originally on track to study pharmacy, somewhere along the way Linh fell into finance and never turned back. She’s a busy aunt to six (at the time of writing) very young nieces and nephews, so you can imagine the pressure of trying to establish herself as the cool aunt when Christmas shopping. But to truly claim this title, Linh will have to eventually teach them karate since she has a brown belt. A lover of travel and adventure, she’s spent six months travelling Europe and has briefly lived in a tribal village in the northern jungles of Thailand. Her dream is to swim in the Red Sea.
Jennifer goes by the moniker “Jd” and it must be written with a lowercase “d”, for reasons unknown. This has managed to upset many a spellchecker but life can’t be lived in fear of a squiggly red line. Instead? Jd’s out there living her life with short coffees, a pair of skis and a fluency for science fiction. With a cheeky ten years spent working in broadcast media and advertising, she puts the pro in production — that and she’s one of those weird people who can read a book while walking.
Camera Operator & Editor
Diagnosing himself as “severely ginger”, Jacob believes he would be happiest living underwater. Presumably, to escape the brutality of the Australian sun. Also, he loves the ocean and all the scuba diving it facilitates. His favourite animal is the humpback whale and he can never go back on this claim, because he went and tattooed a whale on himself. He doubles down on his season’s greetings by celebrating Chrismukkah each year.
Senior Editorial Photographer
Say hello to James, photographer and human database of great places to eat and drink. This makes him useful on far-flung shoots, apart from his ability to take natural, modern images that evoke the personality of his subjects.
He’s snapped for big brands and big names like, well… ever heard of this guy, Barack Obama? Yeah, he sounds vaguely familiar to us too. James loves lifting weights but if he’s not working you’ll likely find him in the ocean.
Despite her passion for all things’ photography related – Rowena is not a fan of Nickelback’s ‘Photograph’. But then again, nobody is. She does however enjoy The Cure’s ‘Pictures Of You’ and ‘Hey Man Nice Shot’ by Filter.
Rowena’s fascination with photography started when she saw her grandfathers wartime photographs of his time riding camels in Egypt – and has gone on to be published by titles such as The New York Home Observer and Cosmopolitan Bride. We often like to ask Rowena to look at our photographs…because every time we do it makes us laugh
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