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The Essential List: Rebecca Carrasco



The Saatchi & Saatchi ECD on her ambitious side project, the versatility of jeans and the beauty of the blue mountains

The Essential List: Rebecca Carrasco

Since joining rejoining the Saatchi & Saatchi network last year, Rebecca Carrasco swiftly moved up to executive creative director of the Sydney office. Her career in the creative industries includes experience with Celemger BBDO and Facebook, as well as starting up her own agency, Colman Rasic Carrasco, in 2007.

Outside of the advertising industry though, her storied career also includes stints as a high school tutor, an usher in a theatre (for the free tickets), an amateur actor, a student protestor, a charity face-painter and the title of P&O Fairstar Limbo Champion.

In her essential list Rebecca reflects on her most regretful car sale, the joys of Dr Seuss, and Florence’s best restaurant.


o Place of birth: Sydney.

o Hometown: Sydney. (Home away from home, Auckland.)

o Staycation: The Blue Mountains.

o Vacation: Ancient ruins and a nice hotel.

o Pet: Her name was Sharma. A Doberman. One finger on the hand of life’s true friends. 

o Place of work: Saatchi & Saatchi.

o Place of workout: I have children. That’s enough. 

o Side project: A PhD on Ideas.

o Mode of transport: It was a 1969 Triumph 2000 mk1, with a walnut dash and cherry-red leather interior. It wasn’t safe for children. Regretful sale. 

o Bonus travel essential: Earl Grey tea – leaf, not bag. 


o Artist: Banksy. And the Pre-Raphaelites.

o Musician: Musician; Eminem. Music; Big Band, Jazz and Classical. 

o Commercials / music video director: Gondry.

o Film director: George Lucas for writing, producing and directing his idea. Ron Howard for letting the ideas shape aesthetic.

o Photographer: David LaChapelle.

o Film: I Heart Huckabees. 

o Series: Poirot, with David Suchet.

o Commercial: Commercial; Black Current Tango. Idea; Hyundai Assurance. 

o Music video: A-ha, Take On Me. 

o Video game: Target shooting with vector graphics. 

o Board game: Black Lady. (Card game, not board game.) 

o Book: The National Geographic Atlas of World History.

o Another Book: Oh, The Thinks You Can Think!, by Dr Seuss.

o Graphic novel: The Count of Monte Cristo. (Graphic, not graphics.) 

o Podcast: Joe Rogan & Radio Lab. 

o Newspaper (off or online): SMH.

o Magazine: Architectural Digest. 

o Bonus culture essential: Interior design. 

Food and Drink

o Breakfast: Eggs Florentine.

o Restaurant: La Giostra, Florence.

o Cheap bite: Gur Taj, Collaroy.

o Working lunch: Last night’s dinner. 

o Favourite dish: Asian or Italian, no meat. 

o Signature dish: Chilli tomato Risoni with pine nuts, feta and olive. 

o Snack: Homemade hummus. 

o Guilty pleasure: My friend’s spiced cheese balls. She makes one for the party and one for me. 

o Bar: A tiny home-spun bar next to the acropolis in Delphi, with no name.  

o Booze: Scotch and dry on ice. 

o Not booze: Earl Grey tea. 

o Bonus food: Cheese. 

o Bonus beverage: Organic wine. 


o Phone: I wish I could go back to analogue. 

o Computer: Design = Mac.   

o TV: Has to disappear when not in use.  

o Headphones: Yes, but not Bluetooth. 

o Camera: Minolta SLRC. 

o Soundsystem: Sure. 

o Pen / pencil: Black Artline 0.2-0.4. Only. 

o Where you document an idea: Different books for different thinking.  

o Casual clothing: Jeans.

o Smart clothing: Jeans. 

o Footwear: Something less expected.   

o Watch: I’ve designed one I want to make. I can’t afford it. 

o Collection: Bible manuscripts – from the 15th Century Book of Hours on velum, and 16th Century Qur’an on papyrus, to 18th Century Chinese Philosophy on rice paper. I love it for so many reasons. 

o App: Only if it makes life better.   

o Website: Google. 

o Work program: The cultural programming which we’re programmed to follow, viewed objectively. Insights live here. 

o Digital work tool: Adobe. Word. 

o Analogue work tool: Grey cells. 

o Morning grooming / makeup essential: Olive/coconut oil. 

o Bonus kit essential: AMACYN perfume. 

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