Anna Arnell

Anna Arnell

Creative partner

And Rising

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  • 44 Clipstone Street, London, W1W 5DW, United Kingdom
My Character:
  • Good egg
Work email

anna@andrising.co

Bye-bye the decade with no name. What are you relieved to draw a line under?

I entered this industry in my 20s, filled with insecurity and anxiety. I felt different and didn't fit in. I landed at a brand new agency called 18 Feet & Rising on placement. I was made executive creative director six years later. I would love to draw a line under the insecurity demon that haunts many a creative person.

What’s your biggest hope for the decade ahead?

Less anger in the world. More kindness.

And what’s top of your professional to-do list for the 2020s?

TV/novel/movie/kids' book or any form of creative storytelling that the world loves.

You have to job swap with someone in our industry for one month. Who would it be with and why?

An intern starting out, to remind myself how lucky I am.

Who is your best friend in the industry and why?

Vaughan Arnell. His creativity inspires me every day. He makes a killer shepherd's pie, too.

What do you think the Friday feeling is?

To me, Friday is the people you love. All under one roof.

Who or what would you put into room 101 and why?

Johnson and his JML mop.

If you could uninvent one piece of technology, what would you choose and why?

The Nokia 5210 – I would get back all those wasted hours playing Snake 2.

In the spirit of embracing failure… What has been your biggest screw-up?

There’s loads – but generally running too fast at things. Slowing down and taking time out is something I need to get better at. And fast. Oh, wait...

What do you do to stay match fit?

Read books and hang out outside of the advertising bubble to remind myself exactly who we are talking to.

What would be your darts walk-on music and why?

The Stranger Things theme tune. I'd then proceed to get a bullseye on every shot without using my hands.

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