Tell us a bit about your journey to get to the position you're in today.
I studied Law at the University of Sydney and worked in the legal industry in Australia for 4 years, but I really began as an aspiring author when I was 6 years old. I spent my childhood writing stories, creating magazines and reading with a torch under the bed covers. That love of words has never left me. Since then, I've always been drawn to roles that allow me to work with stories and communication. I also have a business degree, and have worked in marketing, media and public relations as I couldn't resist the pull to the creative industries. I knew the copywriting position at DMA Partners would be the perfect way to continue my creative career.
What has been the most exciting thing about working at DMA Partners?
The learning opportunities definitely, with both the DMA team and clients. Everyone at DMA brings enthusiasm and expertise to their job. It's been great to see how the team combine their different skills and ideas for each project. There's a real sense of synergy that I'm grateful to experience as I learn about so many different elements of the creative industry. Our clients also have an endless wealth of knowledge that is continuously opening my eyes to the world.
What do you do in your spare time? Does it influence your work?
Arts & culture never fail to inspire me; I recently went to the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya in Barcelona and took 126 photos, all of works that sparked an idea or feeling that I might return to later! I also love journaling and collaging, which is a fun way of experimenting with the interplay between words and visuals. That is to a large degree what we do as professional communicators. You need both.
Are there any books or films you recommend to people in the creative industry?
Whilst a controversial book for many reasons (including its religious and pseudoscientific undertones), I think many messages in The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron are timeless. Living a creative life encompasses exploring the world and people around you to uncover new sources of inspiration; allowing energy to guide your art; nurturing your artistic self with 'morning pages' and 'artistic dates'. It’s worth a read to re-energise, re-think and maybe have a few colourful conversations with friends.