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Name Sonia Andersen

Occupation/Title General Manager

Company/Organisation Sydney Film Festival

State NSW

Age 35

Star sign Cancer

Describe a typical day?.

Meetings within the corporate world and the film industry, telephone calls, developing proposals to appeal to corporations to support the Sydney Film Festival, making financial decisions. My working day changes completely in the lead up and during the festival though.

What’s the best part of the job? Working with the film industry and meeting lots of interesting people. Also developing and being part of an organisation.

What’s the worst part of the job? Lack of resources and sourcing funding.

What was your first job & how much was in your first pay packet? My first full time job was as an office manager in a transport company. I was on $13,000 a year.

What did you want to be when you grew up? A restaurateur

Who has been the biggest influence on your career? Matt Handbury, Executive Chairman of Murdoch Magazines.

How do you deal with work related stress? Unload on my husband firstly. If he’s not available, then talk to my closest girlfriends..

How do you deal with difficult people at work? Be patient to a point then deal with them directly about the issue.

What would you spend your last $100 on? French champagne and a CD.

What are you reading? The Conquest of New Spain by Bernard Diaz.

What are you driving? I’ve been vehicle free since I sold my MG 18 months ago. I’ve requested a 1965 Porsche convertible for my 40th from my husband! A few years to go though.

What would you never wear again? Most fashion from the 80s.

What is your favourite perfume? Guerlain’s Mitsouko. I’ve been wearing it for years and still get complimented on it. I love the fragrance; it’s very sexy and feminine.

Would you consider cosmetic surgery? No.