Paul Dodds: "I Refuse to Give up"
Posted on 2009 Nov,18

Paul Dodds is Group Account Director for international digital and direct marketing agency Tullo Marshall Warren (TMW), and works across the Middle East nurturing existing clients and developing TMW's local offering. In this 30-second questionnaire, Dodds reveals his true self in simple words.


"I am whatever people think I am, plus a little more."


What kills you most?

Man’s inhumanity to man.

What gets you up in the morning?

A very loud alarm clock and several cups of coffee.

What happened to your childhood dreams?

Hung up my football boots for good now, so I guess I moved on to my adult dreams, and that’s a work in progress.

What distinguishes you from others?

Judging by my last flight, I am one of the few people on Earth who doesn’t think it’s fair to recline his seat in coach.

What do you need most?

Right now, to sign-off on the latest budget.

Do you think that anyone can become an artist?

I think artistry comes from all walks of life, but artists need a spark of creativity that some of us lack.

Where are you from?

A small town near Newcastle, in the North of England

Do you feel your situation is enviable?

Envy is a dangerous emotion, so I hope not.

What have you given up on?

Intelligent life on Mars.

What do you do with your money?

I give it to my wife for immediate disposal.

What moves you?

Innovation, ideas that bring people closer together.

What are your favourite pleasures?

Friends, family, food and good conversation.

What would you like to receive for your birthday?

Another 10 years added to my life.

Name three living artists that you hate most?

There are plenty of artists whose work I don’t personally like, but none that I could bring myself to hate.

What or whom do you defend?

The underdog.

What are you capable of refusing?

I refuse to give up.

What are you capable of doing in the name of love?

To paraphrase Meatloaf, anything, but I won’t do that.

What are you blamed for?

Being too trusting.

What does art bring to you?

A new perspective.

Who do you think you are?

I am whatever people think I am, plus a little more.

What drives you nuts?

Bad driving

Write your own epitaph?

I came, I saw, I tweeted.

Under what form would you like to come back as?

A fly on the wall. They always hear the best gossip.

What was the last book you read?

“The Magus” by John Fowles. Required reading for manipulators and the manipulated.

Do you like animals?

Yes, but that doesn’t mean I trust them.

Why did you choose your field?

It seemed like the most interesting way to spend the majority of my life, and I’m glad to say that so far, I’m happy with that decision.

Who is the woman of your dreams?

Any woman who would put up with me.

What is your philosophy in life?

Do good to others and they will do good to you.

What is the most important thing in your life?

Other people.

Talk to an alien – draw an alien.

I’d ask them why they always choose to abduct the least reliable people, and advise them to go for a celebrity next time.