What course did you do? Bachelor of Arts.
What did you major in? Literature and philosophy.
How did you get to where you are today? I’d been a volunteer on the editorial committee of Voiceworks since 2005. Thoughout that time I edited contributions and wrote feedback for unsuccessful submissions and also became involved in the broader literary community by volunteering at various writers’ festivals, and writing for different publications.
What is the best thing about your job? All of it! Seriously, it’s so rewarding to be directly involved in developing fledling and emerging writers and artists. I am also very lucky to have incredibly supportive co-workers at Express Media (the organisation that publishes Voiceworks) as well as the editorial committee and the designer.
Did you always know what you wanted to do growing up? Sort of – I had been hoping for a long time to find myself in the editor’s chair of Voiceworks. However, when it comes to being an editor in general you need to maintain a pretty flexible idea of the future.
What’s your favourite Monash memory? A lot of sunny afternoons spent drinking coffee at Mamaduke’s (Caulfield campus) with the friends I made in first year.
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What course did you do? Bachelor of Performing Arts.
What did you major in? Drama and theatre studies.
What do you do for a living? I balance my time between writing, performing and touring my own storytelling theatre shows, and I also run a wedding photography company. It’s quite tricky to make a full time living from theatre, so photography has always been my ‘other’ income. Mostly I work from home, writing new scripts and editing photos. When I get out and about, it’s either to perform my shows, or go to shoots. Both jobs see my travelling all around the country.
How did you get to where you are today? It’s been a long and winding road, but every job and course has given me something which has informed my next step and I wouldn’t be where I am today without a single one of them. I started off working in radio for B105fm, Foxfm and Triple M when I was 18. I was always attracted to the entertainment industries, but had myself convinced that radio was where I wanted to be. I volunteered for 6 months to get a foot in the door, and then one happy day, I was put on payroll and working in radio marketing and promotions for the next 6 years. Somewhere during this time I was pulled in to record a voiceover. The next day I got called in to record another. By the time I was 22, reading and recording words off a script and playing ridiculous characters in on-air sketches had become my favourite part about radio, so after much consideration and a few failed attempts to get into drama schools like NIDA and VCA, I moved to Melbourne to study performing arts at Monash. It turned out to be the best decision ever. The Monash Performing Arts degree is all about making your own work, and that is exactly the kind of degree you need if you’re entering an industry where there is a severe back of work available.
What is the best thing about your job? Because I make my own work, I feel a strong sense of belonging to the performing arts industry. Since graduating I’ve been able to take my work to the Melbourne, Victorian and interstate scenes, and in turn, I feel empowered and deserving of my place in the theatre scene, which is not a feeling you always get if you’re waiting for someone else to give you a job.
Did you always know what you wanted to do growing up? It changed a million times, but it was always something creative. Looking back, there are a few particular moments in my childhood where I literally had lightbulb moments when I was acting or doing something with the camera that this was what I should be doing.
What’s your favourite memory of Monash? The buzz I felt the first day I turned up is a buzz I still feel when I go back there today. There is so much passion at Monash and I loved that it felt like anything was possible. I absolutely loved my lecturers, hung out a LOT at MUST (Monash Uni Student Theatre) and my degree allowed me to bring in whatever I was working on and test it in front of some amazing peers in some incredible facilities. It was the best three years of my life!