So that's me, Paul Sharp, taken in 2017 by a rather good photographer and friend Simon Harsent. Forgive the steely expression, it was a really windy day on the harbour and he caught me unawares.
Now, back to my back story...
My journey into the creative industry commenced after graduating from Buckinghamshire College (now Buckinghamshire New University) with a degree in design and advertising and a Creative Circle Best Newcomer Award. From there I began my professional career working at Dentsu London/ Collett Dickenson Pearce on brands such as Hamlet Cigars, Honda and Historic Royal Palaces, and a few other brands that didn’t begin with ‘H’.
After a few formative years I moved on to McCann Erickson to work on Mastercard, Bacardi, and Coca-Cola which I, and my erstwhile partner, Paul Turner, focussed on as lead creatives.
In 2004 it was time for a change so, lucky enough to have dual-citizenship, I took up residence in Sydney and the offices of Clemenger BBDO until 2007.
Subsequent to this I have continued to work in some of Sydney’s finer creative establishments including The Glue Society, Leo Burnett, Publicis Mojo, The Campaign Palace, DDB, and even fitted in a “working sabbatical” direct with Apple in California where I helped launch the iphones 5c and 5s.
In more recent years I have been in residence at The Monkeys, and have had the pleasure of helping them grow into one of the best agencies in this fair land:
Adnews Agency, NSW Agency, and Independent Agency of the Year 2015. Campaign Brief Australian Agency of the Year 2015. Mumbrella Creative Agency of the Year 2015. B&T Independent Agency of the Year 2015 and a few more for 2016.
In October 2016 I moved on from the Monkeys to take a creative director role at VCCP Sydney where I helped them become AdNews Small Agency of the Year 2017, and that takes us up to today.
Aside from the paid challenges of agency life I also like to dabble in the odd personal projects including screenwriting, design, photography, painting and macrame, which insha'Allah, will continue to roll into fruition.
And last but not least, I consult and create projects for causes I’m very fond of including Solar Citizens. Check them out and become a 'Citizen'.
Thanks again for visiting.
*Alright, so I'm not actually a Belieber, that was included as a humorous introductory flourish to set the tone for my character, but that said, I do beleive that Bieber exists; there's enough evidence to substantiate that fact—a billion views of the earworm known as Despacito for a start. So, technically I may be a Belieber of sorts. Good to clear that up.
Cannes Gold, Silver & Bronze lions & several finalists,
4 D&ADs (wood)
IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) Best in show 2011,
TED Ideas Worth Spreading Finalist,
Effies Grand Prix & 3 Golds,
London International Gold, Silver & Bronzes,
Centre for Contemporary Photography 2012 Winner,
Campaign Photo Awards - Winner,
Moran photographic Prize Official Selection 2012,
Head On Portrait Prize Official Selection 2013,
One Show 3 Bronze,
The FWA (site of the day and public shortlist winner),
New York Festivals Silver & 2 Bronze,
3 Silver & 10 Bronze AWARDs (Australia),
5 Spikes Bronze (Asia Pacific),
3 Creative Circle Silvers (UK),
Annual Aerial Award, Gold (radio),
2 Gold Outdoor Awards (Australia)
Quite a few more finalists in most of the above and a few other wins and finalists in a few other awards programmes (lot of them out there, eh?) like The Webbys and FAB Awards,
And... a most prestigious Watermanship Certificate for swimming (involved holding a ‘mushroom’ position for 25 seconds underwater.)