The Upp team is having a growing spurt of late as we welcome in lots of new faces across the business.
A couple of weeks ago, we quizzed our new whizz-kid developer, Kamil; this week we’re welcoming Martin Dixon, Account Director into the pack. Get to know Martin a little better below…
What made you want to get into marketing?
It was actually a love for branded packaging design which got me in to the industry. I’ve always loved retro branding and packaging…and when I realised in my teens that you could do it as an actual job, I was sold. I did a degree in Packaging Design, but a few twists and turns later I found myself off the Mac and in front of the clients.
Who would play you in the movie of your life?
Who wouldn’t say Tom Hanks!? But I’ve just put my face on a ‘Celeb-a-like’ app and it came back with Zach Galifianakis and Chris O’Dowd. Which seems to be telling me that my life’s a comedy…and I need a shave.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Boring, but easy…chicken Sunday roast all the way!
How long have you worked in the industry?
15 years in total. I started as a Designer in 2002, but went into Account Management in 2009.
Do you have a party trick or any hidden talents?
I’ve recently developed a talent of falling asleep on the couch with a whisky in my hand and not spilling a single drop. I can also juggle!
What was the last book you read?
The last book I finished was Corey Feldman’s autobiography which was great, but pretty much ruined my childhood. My favourite book / series of books is the Dark Tower series from Stephen King, which is fantastic…and the first film adaptation is out in cinemas in August, so go and watch it!
Where did you grow up?
I don’t think I have yet. But my childhood was spent in the wilds of the Norfolk/Suffolk border in the middle of Thetford Forest. A brilliant place to grow up and get lost as a kid.
If your life had a theme song what would it be?
If I had to pick one song, I’d probably go for ‘The Power of Love’ by Huey Lewis and the News…Back to the Future made being called Martin (Marty) cool…for a few years anyway.
What’s your favourite thing about your job?
Probably the variety and the fact that no two days in this industry are the same.
What’s your proudest work achievement?
Can anything beat the pride of getting your first job in the industry?