Twenty Questions with Rory Hamilton

Rory-Hamilton,-Boys-and-GirlsRory Charles Murray Hamilton is creative director and partner at Boys and Girls. Lost as a child and raised by magpies, he is often blamed for anything missing in the agency – or so he claims. He likes shiny things, which explains why he has so many gongs under his wing. He previously worked at Irish International and McCann’s and is a big kahuna in ICAD.

01 When are you happiest?

At work, I’m happiest when I have an idea, just before I figure out what’s wrong with it. At home, it’s when my youngest daughter gives me a hug, just before I find out that she wiped her nose on my shoulder

02 Apart from loved ones, what’s your most treasured possession?

A watch my father gave me. I’ve worn it non-stop for 23 years

03 Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn?

Twitter

04 What’s the worst job you’ve ever done?

Account handler. I was terrible at it

05 Your favourite writers?

Don De Lillo, Gabriel Garcia Marquiez, Jonathan Safran Foer

06 Last music you bought?

Embarrasingly – the soundtrack to Frozen. It’s not even the first time I’ve bought it. It’s on in the car on a loop. Wish I could just let it go, let it go

07 A film you’d watch again tonight?

Jaws. It’s the perfect movie

08 What do some people think about you that isn’t true?

That I think I’m great

09 What keeps you awake at night?

My kids. Sometimes my mind

10 Which words do you overuse?

Swear words. I swear like an effin’ sailor

11 Your favourite ad?

Adidas ‘Impossible is Nothing, where Ali spars with his daughter 

12 Your favourite gadget?

Can a car be a gadget? I love cars

13 A brand experience that disappointed you?

My bank. Lots of money is spent telling people how helpful they can be. Dealing with them proves entirely otherwise

14 What living person do you most admire?

‘King’ Kenny Dalglish

15 Most embarrassing experience?

Does anything beat calling a teacher “Dad” in school? A police escort through San Salvador at 2am to find a toilet might come close

16 Someone or something that strikes you as beautiful?

My wife and family. 

17 In what other era would you like to have been born?

A decade earlier or 10 years later would suffice. My generation saw the eye of the storm

18 Best advice you’ve heard?

“This too shall pass”

19 What would be your fantasy act of heroism?

Ending world hunger and establishing world peace and all without sounding like a Miss World contestant

20 You’re on Death Row, what’s your last meal?

Prawns followed by lobster. Since I’m allergic to shellfish, they’d kill me before the executioner gets a chance

rory.hamilton@boysandgirls.ie

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