A Brew with Emma: Brew lover and list maker
Leo recently joined Shoot the Moon as Account Manager, working with the creative teams across stm_grp on the delivery of projects for many different brands. Join us as we have a brew and discuss his career so far, top tips and secrets to success.
“I can’t believe how quickly my time has gone! So far, I’ve worked on varying projects, ranging from in-flight menu cards to web banners to pie ID sheets – I’ve loved the mix of everything!”
What experience prepared you for this role?
I previously worked in a branded merchandise company and managed several accounts during my time there including Google, Accenture, NatWest Group, Aviva & Intel. It was great to work with a variety of brands to deliver some great (and sometimes weird, wonderful, and wacky!) products for fantastic projects like brand refreshes, national ad campaigns and pride parades.
What is your favourite thing about working at STM?
Everyone here is great and has been so welcoming so I’d say hands-down the people and the vibe in the office! The coffee machine is a very close second and nearly topped this though…
What have you been working on recently?
I’ve been working on the delivery of a new product spotlight video for Ansell Electrical which has been great to witness the workflow of the project, from storyboarding to seeing the development of the build and renders that Tuna, our creative designer, has worked on.
What’s your go-to productivity trick?
Plugging in and tuning out to some music that helps me zone into my work. Typically, if I need to just focus deeply on something then either synth and strings, Lofi or, weirdly, deep Norse style music works well. Or, if I’ve got a tight turnaround and need to work quickly on something then I chuck on my gym playlist – basically, a mix of floor fillers with the cheesiest pop going (think MTV Dance circa mid-2000s meets Pride Anthems of any year at all…) And caffeine. Lots and lots of caffeine.
What one quality do you need to become successful?
Drive. I think that having a passion for what you do and the ambition to succeed are two crucial qualities too, but even with both, if you lack drive to apply those traits then it’ll be so much harder to become successful.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in the industry?
Don’t be afraid to engage with your clients! I think being entirely transparent with your clients and engaging with them on a down to earth and personable level helps to build better, longer-lasting relationships, and much faster too.
What’s the secret to running a successful project from start to finish?
Keeping everyone involved. Making sure the teams working on the project internally and the client(s) you’re working with are all kept in the loop with what’s going on and effectively managing communications across all parties is key to the successful delivery of a project.
What alternative career route would you have taken if you weren’t an Account Manager?
I’d like to think I’d be a full-time artist (either concept art for tv, film, or game design, or a tattoo artist), but more realistically maybe a merchandiser?
What do you do in your spare time?
I play rugby union – I’m an openside flanker (watch it…), I sketch and create digital art here and there, and I’m a huge foodie and love cooking for people so typically I spend a load of time in the kitchen.
Tell us your favourite artist, place, and of course, your favourite dessert?
Music artist – David Bowie hands down! Absolute idol. Art artist – Ian Rayer Smith. I adore his work.
Favourite place has got to be Berlin. I loved visiting and I’ll be going back later this year.
Favourite dessert – Sticky. Toffee. Pudding. That stuff is unreal.
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When you visit us in Manchester
We have free parking available on site (M4 6AX) but, spaces are limited. Day parking is also available on Goulden Street just round the corner.
When you visit us in Leeds
If you’re visiting us in Leeds we’re based at Mabgate Mills (LS9 7DZ) and there are plenty of parking options nearby.
Day parking is available nearby with free on street parking available for 4 hours on Cherry Row and reasonably priced parking on Macaulay Street and Mabgate via an app called ‘Park Mobile’.