Journal

8 questions with Eve McDonald

Info

Date:
9 Nov 2023

Duration:
6 minutes

Topic:
Interviews

We’re sharing more about our people, your partners – because they’re who make the agency what it is, and are who you’ll be working with. And this time, we’re speaking to Eve McDonald, Senior Integrated Producer. 

For some professional context, Eve started her career with global network agency TBWA\London, joining the account management team across brands like Aquafresh, Nissan, Harrods and the International Rescue Committee. 

Moving into production, she ran integrated productions for Lidl, Harvey Nichols and Pampers. Later, she joined Saatchi & Saatchi as a TV Producer. 

If you’ve ever met her, you may know she’s got a penchant for strange beer – but here, you can find out a bit more about what makes Eve who she is.

BA

What’s your most over-used phrase?

EM

Get all your ducks lined up/get all your ducks organised/sort out your bloody ducks. 

BA

What was life like for you growing up?

EM

I grew up in South Dublin on the edge of suburbia, with copy-paste houses on one side, and mountains, fields, streams, wandering cows and endless hide-and-seek opportunities rolling away from us on the other. I absolutely loved wandering off on adventures and testing the boundaries of my mother’s patience. And getting conjunctivitis from rolling down the muck piles. Yes, the muck piles.

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I moved my entire life within 4 weeks, with one massive suitcase and nowhere to live.

BA

Do you have a favourite restaurant?

EM

Always on holidays, always with good wine, and always forget the name.

BA

Do you have a favourite possession?

EM

A vintage armchair I bought for myself years ago to celebrate getting a new job. It felt so indulgent at the time, and I felt quite guilty (for no reason at all – Irish Catholicism runs in my veins despite 25 years of atheism). But looking back it was such a small treat, and I love the chair; it still gives me so much joy. 

BA

Tell us something that you’re proud of.

EM

I’m proud of taking a punt at moving to the UK when I was in my twenties and had been given an ultimatum of redundancy from my job, or a transfer to London. I moved my entire life within four weeks, with one massive suitcase and nowhere to live (hello, hostel life). It was absolutely terrifying. But it opened up so many opportunities for me, and it scares me to think how different my life would be now if I’d never done it.

BA

What’s your most-recited piece of trivia?

EM

Is it trivia? Not sure, maybe it’s more of a fact. On average, men with a family earn 6% more than non-fathers, while mothers earn 4% less for every child they have. As a mother, the motherhood tax is a phenomenon that hides in plain sight, both pervasive and shocking the more you notice it.

BA

What was the last question you asked chatGPT?

EM

Pretty sure it was if it could do my timesheets for me… we’re not that advanced yet, folks.

BA

And as someone who’s worked closely with a lot of them, what do you think makes a good client?

EM

I love a client who takes the time to write a good brief – considering what it might feel like to read it for the first time.