Introducing our new copywriter Sam


This week we’re excited to welcome copywriter Sam Whitlock to Rin Hamburgh & Co. Sam joined us as an intern in June and we were so impressed with his writing skills that we knew we couldn’t just let him go! A creative writing student at UWE, Sam will be working with us part time alongside his studies, on both internal and client projects.

Where are you from and how did you end up in Bristol?

Originally I’m from Surrey; I grew up in a house that faced a farmer’s field and the North Downs. Since then I’ve jumped to Sussex, Kent, North Carolina, back to Kent, then to Bristol. The move to Bristol was sudden. I applied through clearing to get a place at the University of the West of England. One month I had no plans to move, the next month I was here!

What have you done in your career up to now?

I don’t think I ever had much of career before I moved to Bristol. I just had jobs. A bizarre mix of barista work, schools work, church work and acting as an assistant for a glass artist. Just before I moved to Bristol I started getting serious about writing, diving into websites and blogs. Since then I’ve written for a magazine, then for a luxury holiday cottage company – which meant describing a lot of “panoramic views” and “charming countryside.”

What most excites you about starting a new job?

I’ve already interned for Rin Hamburgh & Co so I know just how good it is! I’m excited to be a part of a team that is moving at a fast pace and loves what they are doing.

What’s life like outside of work?

I’m still studying at university so that means a lot of reading and a lot more writing! Beyond that life is long walks, playing and teaching piano, being a part of my local church and watching too much BBC drama (Bodyguard fans anyone?).

If you were given a week entirely to yourself, what would you do with it?

Hop the English Channel and wander around a beautiful city. With a good book for the quiet moments and good friends for the louder ones.

If you could choose a Mr Men character to describe you, what would it be?

Mr. Daydream. That describes my default state of mind.

What do people always find surprising about you?

Although my name is Samuel, I was known by my school friends as “Dave” for five years for reasons that don’t really make sense. I reclaimed my real name when I was 16.

What is your proudest achievement in your life so far?

Taking care of my emotional and relational health. It’s something I ignored until I was about 22. Paying attention to it has made a difference to my best days, worst days and all the ones in between.

If you could do any job in the world for one day, what would it be?

I would want to be in a writers’ room, working on a comedy, preferably in Pixar.

What book are you reading at the moment?

Too many at the same time! In between studying I am re-reading The Hobbit. An old favourite.

What’s your favourite thing about Bristol?

Probably the theatre scene. I love going to the Old Vic and Tobacco Factory Theatre.

What’s your personal motto for life?

Find where the joy is and follow it.

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