Diary: Timms turns back on adland for rock fame

There are only a few careers that really cut the mustard for those hungry for fame and fortune. Ask any child what they want to be and the predictable response will be: footballer, actor or rock star. It's unlikely being a copywriter for a successful agency will rank high in their top ten. But what's the worst that could possibly happen? You fail and end up as an account man, or you write a few decent ads and even make it into Campaign's Book of Lists as one of the industry's brightest young stars ... and then, like Duncan Timms, jack it all in to become a rock star.

Just six months after being named by Campaign as one of the UK's best young creatives (along with his art director at M&C Saatchi, Will Bate), Timms has decided to turn his back on adland to pursue the rock 'n' roll dream.

Instead of poring over more briefs for British Airways, for which he helped create the "Times Square" commercial, or extending his TV and print campaign for London Underground, Timms has spent the summer locked in a Cornwall studio recording his debut album. And the name of his band? Why, it's Dogs, as in "the dog's bollocks", presumably.


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