Q: Beard and Moustache; that’s enough to catch your attention! How did the duo come about?
Drew: We first met up at Umuzi – an institution that seeks to develop young, black, creative talent. We did our internship at the same ad agency and then we ended up becoming a creative team. I’ve got a beard and Sims has got a moustache. The obvious (but not so obvious) name to give our “brand” was ‘Beard & Moustache’.
Q: What made you want to join the Ogilvy family and where do you fit in?
Simphiwe: I think Ogilvy presents any creative with a huge opportunity to do great work. We’re hungry to create great work. I’m an Art Director.
Drew: Who wouldn’t want to join the top agency in the country? I’m a copywriter.
Q: Is keeping up with the beards a lot of work?
Simphiwe: I’ve got a struggling beard (hardly anything) so not really. I do have a moustache though. I can’t shave it because it’s part of my brand now. It can sometimes be annoying.
Drew: Not really. Just a bit of shea butter every morning and I’m good to go. On the other hand, keeping up with the team (Beard & Moustache) can be too much. We fight a lot. People always joke and say that we act like a married couple. We’ve got totally opposing personalities so we kinda balance each other out. It also makes for great work.
Q: What do you love most about being a creative?
Simphiwe & Drew: The fulfilment we get from creating work is probably what we love the most. Seeing work from conceptualisation through to execution, plus all the drama and emotions in-between is the stuff we live for.
Q: What were your thoughts on day 1 walking into Ogilvillage?
Simphiwe: I come from a mid-sized agency so I thought it’s huge, really huge. It’s also very vibey. I like the buzz in the studio.
Drew: I was like “Chill, why are y’all so friendly?” People were so welcoming. I legit thought it was all pretence at first, but I’ve come to realise that it’s genuinely how people here are. There’s an overwhelming sense of family and I feel like I’ve been welcomed right in with open arms.
Q: Who is the most interesting person you have met so far?
Simphiwe: Andile. Chill a few minutes with him and you’ll surely be in stitches.
Drew: David from the Digital Media team. I met him during our induction last week. I found his quirky personality and his childlike curiosity to be quite fascinating. He reminded me of what we should be as creatives – childlike and inquisitive.
Q: If you are not busy being an Ogilvilian – where would we find you
Simphiwe: On the road cycling, running, or on a soccer field. On Instagram you can find me at @SKkhumalo
Drew: Probably somewhere snapping cool pics… or chilling on the Instagram streets. Catch me at – @iDREWitZA