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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.
Kiel Van Daal
Director of Growth
Kiel has an irrational fear of needles. But that fear competes with a stronger, rational love of tattoos: he has eight of them. He started his first business at 22 and still found time to tour Australia for seven years playing drums in a band. He dislikes chocolate which should be baffling but we secretly appreciate that it increases our share of the family-sized blocks that get passed around the studio.
Director of Strategy
Eric credits his grey hair to spending 25 years in communications. Hey, hair pigment is worth it in the name of transforming brands, thinking creatively and innovating products. He’s a photography nerd and a domestic zookeeper with two dogs, three cats and a stray that lives in his garden. He dislikes spreadsheets, Vegemite (!!!), and people saying thirty-three-and-a-third in bad Irish accents.
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 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 also thought she hated gin. But then she worked with Hendrick’s and realised she just hated the taste of a certain tonic water… She is, however, a lover of bad dad jokes and quoting a wide range of movies and television shows. At least after a coffee she is.
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.
Brand & Content Strategist
Matt was initially destined to be an archaeologist. Inspired by Indiana Jones, he spent his childhood digging endless holes in the garden. That was, until his parents took his spade away. And, well, here he is at Chello. He’s called both London and Paris home—not to mention an icy hole in the snow, which was his accommodation during a winter trek across subarctic Canada where he embedded himself into communities of aboriginal Canadians. On that particular expedition, the closest he came to death was not grizzly bears, wolves, or -45°C temperatures, but an angry, drunken local with a shotgun.
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.
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.
Senior Copywriter & Strategist
Do you have a pop cultural memory that cannot be Googled? Celina’s is a Gregorian chant version of ‘Ghetto Supastar’ which she heard in a Sanity near the turn of the millennium. She is unsure now if it was just an elaborate figment of her imagination or a stroke of genre-crossing genius that cannot be unearthed by the internet.
In the time between (supposedly) hearing this song and the current day Celina has managed to: kill a litany of plants, learn Japanese book-binding, and become a writer. She loves turbulence but is terrified of amusement park rides.
Senior Motion Designer
Fun fact: Sean (a UK-import) has no sense of smell. Fortunately, having no sense of smell means Sean’s other senses have developed at a Super-human rate – his eagle-eye vision in particular enables him to compose shots with pinpoint precision while his god-like hearing means he can hear like, really well. He’s also super enthusiastic about motion graphics, typography and the monarchy (we guess).
When he’s not-not smelling things, he spends his free time riding his BMX and paddling his fishtail short-board with his unnaturally small feet. Feel free to ask Sean what things he can’t smell (which spoiler alert – is everything).
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? She’s 5”1’. Most people don’t realise because she keeps her heels on, thank you very much. 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.
Like many who have succumbed to a Jetstar 2-for-1 sale, Zac loves Japan. This extends to eating ramen seven days a week, a feat he has accomplished (at least) once in his life. He is ready with a trove of useless information wherever it isn’t needed. But we think useless information is always a pub-trivia-winning answer in disguise.
Zac has a history of smiling or laughing in uncomfortable situations. Serious meetings are about to get weird around here. Hahaha…?
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.
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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