Part of a recurring series where we ask a Full Contact employee a couple of off-the-wall (and yet revealing) questions.
Who are you and what is your role at Full Contact?
I’m Tim Foley. I’m a founding partner and co-creative director at Full Contact. My role here is to focus on the growth and well-being of the company and to foster the kind of creative work that gets our clients noticed, gets them engaged with their customers, and drives their businesses forward.
Speaking of roles, who is your personal role model? (And tell us why)
My personal role models are my parents. They were never ones to lecture or push, but they led by example. While my brothers and I were growing up, they both worked extra jobs, went back to school, got degrees and changed careers. It taught me that at any point in your life you can push yourself further and do better.
If you could magically become anyone else in the world who would it be and why?
For those who know me, this will likely elicit collective eye rolls and “duhs,” but I think it’d be pretty cool to jump into Elvis Costello’s skin for a week or two. He’s made an amazing career out of doing what he finds most interesting creatively, whether it’s popular or not. Plus, he’s had the opportunity to collaborate with the people who influenced him most and those who were influenced by him. He might not have ever had massive, breakout success, but I can’t imagine the guy’s ever bored.
And while we are imagining things, what is your Full Contact superpower?
The ability to read legal type from across the room.
We know you do amazing things at Full Contact, but what do you do that’s kind of amazing outside of these four walls?
I’m pretty sure it doesn’t qualify as amazing, but I’ve loved drawing since I was a kid. I usually draw people. They tend to be elaborately scribbled mash-ups of oddball people I’ve seen somewhere. They are decidedly not portraits of anyone I actually know, but I have had people look at a bunch of them and nervously ask “Are any of those me?”.
And finally, how do you make Full Contact in your job?
I make Full Contact by really listening to what our clients are saying about their businesses and by being open to the possibilities of what our work can and should be. I try to never assume a certain approach is going to be the answer from the outset.