What did you do before Icon?
Sold and managed a bulk of Gig Guide, Arts and Galleries advertising for The Age, wrote a local music column, co-hosted a radio show on PBS FM, reviewed music for freelance print publications, Account Managed WA and SA clients of AAP Medianet, Senior Account Manager for the digital department of another agency, Client Service Manager for an advertising production software company... the list goes on!
Were all of those in Melbourne?
All of the above were in Melbourne. The various odd jobs (mowing lawns, “broom boy” for a hydraulics company, etc) were in country Victoria.
What did you want to be as a child?
At varying points: a service station attendant (off the back of having an awesome timber BP service station to park my toy cars in), a police officer (ha!) and a Naval Officer (hello sailor!). All fairly hilarious vocations in hindsight.
If you could have an unlimited supply of anything, what would it be?
Single malt whiskey. Cheese.
What was the last concert you went to?
Not to brag or anything, but... Fleetwood Mac at Madison Square Garden in NYC, Hercules & Love Affair in Brooklyn and The Pixies in San Fran. Locally, Sam Cope and The Trained Professionals, maximum Hammond organ prog rock wig out.
What exactly does a Digital Producer do?
Produces things. Digitally. Seriously though: digital traffic management, client service, digital strategy, production, copywriting and general nerdery. That and being a Grand Wizard of Google Images.
Which X-Men character would you be?
It’s obvious, really: Wolverine. What a handy bloke to have in the kitchen.
Do you believe those powers would be beneficial to you in your role as Digital Producer at Icon?
Slicing and dicing Excel spreadsheets and Gantt charts, sure. Operating a keyboard could prove problematic though.
What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?
Skate (like a Stingray, minus the nasty barbed bit).
Do you have any special talents/hobbies? Besides beard-growing, obviously. And Digital Production.
I could sleep for Australia. I also took out the junior championship for a small car racing club in Gippsland when I was in my mid teens. Mum loved the fact we fitted a harness seatbelt plus sports exhaust and clutch to her 1970 Mitsubishi Lancer Coupe. Then drove it like we stole it.
I’m also a huge music nut and am partial to a good cut of the rug or spank of the planks - the dirtier and nastier the funk the better.
Where did you go to school?
Tasmania, country Victoria and Melbourne.
What was the last book you read?
Helen Garner’s This House of Grief. The book was an incredibly in-depth look at the Robert Farquharson “Kids in the dam” murder trial. There’s a fantastic interview with Helen Garner on Jennifer Byrne Presents on the ABC, still available on iView. As well as covering off her new book, Helen has a fabulous discussion with Jennifer around work, ageing, compassion and wisdom. An incredibly intelligent and sagely woman.