2019 brings many things for Fuel Agency… a new look (more on that later), new office plants (that will survive), and a whole new approach to blog-writing (mainly in that we’ll actually write them…)
A big component of our blogs will be dedicated to giving much-deserved credit to all of the awesome people who make Fuel who it is, by giving you insights in to the brains behind the agency (and computer screens).
Like most people, none of us are fans of writing about ourselves, so the first task on this blog-writing journey was to create a Q&A style of blog that shows off our roles and personalities.
First up is Paula Hutton, a metaphorical ‘juggler’ in that her ability to manage the studio’s workflow while nearly constantly liaising with clients is nothing short of multi-tasking wizardry—always achieved with that endearingly bold attitude of hers.
Q: Describe yourself in three words
A: Sarcastic, happy, tenacious
Q: If you could time travel, where and when would you go?
A: I’ve always loved the 20’s ‘Great Gatsby’ flapper kind of style. I feel like the women of that era were quite assertive and did their own thing—who needs men? I guess I like the ‘attitude’, that in my mind is associated with this period.
According to Paula (and our close associate, Ellen DeGeneres), being kind is cool; be kind to one another, be kind to those you know and to those you don’t, and definitely be kind to animals. This factor alone is what makes the Fuel culture such a great one; we’re inherently aligned when you strip us all down to our core values. We’ll surely delve deeper in to this in a future post, but for now, back to how great animals are. Oh, and Paula.
Q: Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses, or one horse-sized duck?
A: Nope, no fighting for me, thanks!
Q: What would your personal motto be?
“What’s a motto?” “Nothing, what’s a motto with you?”
As with Timone and Pumba, we hear she also has a soft spot for her neighbours (a herd of cows), and lets them occasionally roam her property in search of delicious grassy snacks.
There you have it, proof that Paula is very much a keen bean when it comes to animal welfare. Perhaps it has something to do with her being a cat in a past life, as told by Andrew (our digitally-led general manager). Don’t worry, Paula has just as much kindness stock-piled for our human-based friends, and spends the majority of her day solving those finicky problems for a diverse range of clients (and ironically swatting flies with a ruler).
Q: Top three problems you solve for your clients?
A: Sometimes we are able to work our magic to get extensions on Print bookings whereas a client going direct to a publication probably would not get said extension, unfortunately! We’re a bit magic like that.
See. Told you she’s a wizard.
Speaking of deadlines, Paula is also in charge of making sure the wider team is under control and on-track. If anyone’s got a little too much on then she’ll engage her juggling ways and reshuffle things so that everyone shares the load—no one sitting in a corner stabbing themselves with a stylus around here!
By Paula Hutton and Ashleigh Stephens