Movers-shakers

Movers & Shakers – Vanessa Hannan

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Name Vanessa Hannan

Occupation/Title Executive Producer

Company/Organisation Com Tech Communications (Online Division)

State NSW

Star sign Virgo

Describe a typical day? Busy, very busy? lots of meetings, project trouble shooting, team management, clients to win, interspersed (hopefully) with a few laughs and a touch of creativity.

What’s the best part of the job? Working with talented multidisciplinary teams creating user-friendly innovative products. It really is the best fun.

What’s the worst part of the job? The hours and the stress.

What was your first job & how much was in your first pay packet? Working as a receptionist. I was a REALLY bad receptionist but even after cutting numerous people off phone calls, they still paid me – $167 per wk.

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

December 2, 2001

Movers & Shakers – Lara Sinclair


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Name Lara Sinclair

Occupation/Title Editor, B&T Weekly

Company/Organisation Reed Business Information

State NSW

Age 29

Star sign Taurus

Describe a typical day? Hectic. Lots of tasks to do, all aimed at producing a magazine every week, plus liaising with the marketing, advertising, internet and media industry that we report on.

What’s the best part of the job? Producing a good magazine at the end of a week, breaking controversial stories, and writing a good yarn.

What’s the worst part of the job? Missing a deadline. Irate calls from industry figures with oversized egos.

What was your first job & how much was in your first pay packet? Shop assistant at Prouds. Earning not much; I wasn’t much of a sales person.

What did you want to be when you grew up? Either a journalist or an architect. I studied architecture for a year, but couldn’t get excited about different types of mortar.

November 2, 2001

Movers & Shakers: Helen Humphrey


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Name Helen Humphrey

Occupation/Title MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS MANAGER – marie claire

Company/Organisation MURDOCH MAGAZINES

State NSW

Age Fortyish!!

Star sign Gemini

Describe a typical day? Meetings, meetings, meetings! I spend a lot of my time working with the advertising account managers and our clients planning and implementing promotional campaigns. These could be competitions or advertorials in the magazine, activities at a retail level or opportunities involving the advertisers in major events such as the marie claire Fashion Show Live.

What’s the best part of the job? I work with a fantastic team of very dedicated professionals who all have a clear vision of what we want the company and our magazines to be. Due to the variety of clients we deal with I am never bored and I honestly enjoy coming to work each day.

What’s the worst part of the job? We are always on deadline and time flashes by – a year in magazines seems like the blink of an eye.

What was your first job & how much was in your first pay packet? At 15 I was the shampoo girl, floor sweeper and coffee girl (general dogsbody) at the local hairdressing salon on a Saturday morning. I was paid a princely sum of $3 to work from 8am to noon.

What did you want to be when you grew up? When I was very young my first ambition was to be a nurse, probably because my Mum had been one and in those days most women worked either as nurses, secretaries, teachers or air hostesses until they got married. In my first year of high school I became aware there were other possibilities for women and I decided I would be a vet. It wasn’t until my last term of high school that we did a study of advertising in our English course and I felt like I’d really found my niche. After doing an arts degree at Queensland University I got my start with my first job as a copywriter for a radio station.

October 3, 2001

Movers & Shakers – Julie Burns


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Name Julie Burns

Occupation/Title eBusiness Specialist – Marketing

Company/Organisation Zurich Financial Services

State NSW

Age 24

Star sign Leo the lioness grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Describe a typical day? Meetings, surfing the web, writing a piece for one of Zurich’s internal communication channels, talking to our creative, copywriters or technical on the projects I am managing, looking at any marketing possible opportunities and implementing these.

What’s the best part of the job? Working in the web is fast paced and ever changing – it’s a great space to be in and there’s always something new happening – you can really make a difference and there’s so much to learn too. Every day is a challenge. I work with the best bunch of dynamic, inspiring people who make every day interesting and fun.

What’s the worst part of the job? There are lots and lots of meetings.

What would you consider to be your key talents? I think my key talents are my communication skills ( I can talk underwater), my creativity and my passion for the web.

What was your first job & how much was in your first pay packet? My first job was when I was still at school – it was in this fish and chip shop. I was a shocker – I continually burnt myself on the oil and always forgot to put lemon in the box – I hated it. I think I then realised that this was not my career path. I was paid around $10.

What did you want to be when you grew up? I always wanted to be a teacher – I spent hours in my bedroom as a child pretending to teach a class of stuffed toys – my parents must have thought I was nutty.

October 2, 2001

Movers & Shakers: Mischa Arnold


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Name Mischa Arnold

Occupation/Title Writer/performer

Company/Organisation Popmuzik

State NSW

Age Age is only important for wines and cheeses

Star sign Poodle!

Describe a typical day? Coffee, meditation, dance, coffee, writing, piano, coffee, wrestling with my son, Bruno.

What’s the best part of the job? Personal and creative freedom.

What’s the worst part of the job? See above.

What was your first job & how much was in your first pay packet? Advertising copywriter – $20,000 pa, a husband and a new life.

What did you want to be when you grew up? An archaeologist.

September 3, 2001

Movers & Shakers – Rhonda Sweetgrass


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Name Rhonda Sweetgrass

Occupation/Title Director/Urban farmer

Company/Organisation Bondi Wheatgrass Juice Co.

State NSW

Age 52

Star sign Cancer with a Leo cusp

Describe a typical day? I’m up at 4:30am juicing wheatgrass for deliveries which begin at 6:30am. Wheatgrass is delivered to my clients (health food shops and juice bars around Sydney) until around 1:00pm. I’m then washing, planting and harvesting the wheatgrass until about 8pm. From 8pm to 10pm I do my paper work on the computer, organising orders etc. At 10pm I enter dreamland. If I feel like clearing my head I’ll go for a swim, run or do some yoga at some stage of the day.

What’s the best part of the job? Providing something that is of such a benefit to our planet Earth and being an agent of change.

What’s the worst part of the job? Getting out of bed every day at 4:30am and working so very hard.

What was your first job & how much was in your first pay packet? Selling gloves at Mark Foys (now the Downing Centre) in Sydney – my first pay packet was around seven pounds.

What did you want to be when you grew up? A star.

September 2, 2001

Movers & Shakers – Larissa Marris


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Name Larissa Marris

Occupation/Title Project Manager/ Producer, BuzzCity Australia

Company/Organisation WSA Online

State NSW

Age 32

Star sign Virgo

Describe a typical day?.

I get up and play with my cat for a while, have breakfast and head into work for about 8.30am. The first thing I do is read my emails, check the BuzzCity site for any technical problems. Being Producer of the BuzzCity site involves writing scripts and finding new sections on our Partner sites with really good content that we can promote for them. I spend about 40% of my time each week committed to this job. The rest of my time is spent on the WSA Online Project Management team for Internet development projects. A project manager is the key liaison person between the client and our production team and is responsible for making sure the jobs we do come in on time and in budget. Work usually finishes around 6.30ish when I head home or catch up with friends; go to the movies, or to dinner. Then it’s home to bed for a brain-rest ’till tomorrow!

What’s the best part of the job? I think I’d have to say it’s mostly communication. I work with great people who are all really committed to their work and always have lots of ideas and skills. I also really enjoy the client contact – and that feeling of achievement when we have a site go live!.

What’s the worst part of the job? This would probably be juggling multiple tasks all the time – but I wouldn’t say it’s a bad thing as I always like a challenge and would much rather be busy than waiting for things to happen around me. It would be safe to say that the long hours are pretty hard work.

August 3, 2001

Movers & Shakers – Cindy Tschernitz


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Name Cindy Tschernitz

Occupation/Title Director

Company/Organisation Tell Me Now, Research and Information

State Victoria

Star sign Scorpio

Describe your career progression and your current professional position.

I started out as a Reference Librarian in University Libraries then worked as a Business Research and Information Professional in various companies, the last being McKinsey in Melbourne before setting up Tell Me Now.

Describe a typical day?

Get woken up by dog and children, check emails and faxes, make US phone calls, drop children off and officially start work. Check requests, visit clients, back in the office in the afternoon, check on new research requests, talk to researchers about current work, talk to customer relations staff about possible clients. Pick children up, do some domestic stuff, put children to bed. Check emails and faxes and make European phone calls. Bed!

August 2, 2001

Movers & Shakers – Cindy Tschernitz (Cont.)

What’s the best part of the job? Being my own boss.

What’s the worst part of the job? Being my own boss.

What did you want to be when you grew up? Archaeologist, librarian or pharmacist. Did the first 2 but found my lack of scientific ability hindered my pharmacy career.

What three words best describe your personality? Extrovert, driven and obsessive.

If you could invite five people, living or dead, to dinner who would they be? Gough Whitlam, a young Errol Flynn, Margaret Meade, Simone de Beaviour, Kaiserin Maria Theresia of Austria

Who has been the biggest influence on your career? My sons!

What would you spend your last $100 on? $50 on the races to increase my funds and $50 to have a good meal and a bottle of red.

What are you incapable of living without? My family and the Internet.

What are you reading? Children’s books and newspapers.

What are you driving? A 10 year old Magna.

What’s your favourite piece of clothing? My pajamas.

What would you never wear again? Boob tubes and ’70s stripes.

What is your favourite perfume? Red

Would you consider cosmetic surgery? Yes, but discretely of course.

What’s your favourite drink? Good Merlot.

What is, or would be, your perfect holiday destination? Metung on the Gippsland Lakes in Australia and Bad Gastein in Austria.

August 2, 2001

Movers & Shakers – Monique Dews


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Name Monique Dews

Occupation/Title Radio Newsreader/presenter

Company/Organisation DMG – Nova 96.9 (Sydney’s new FM station.

State NSW

Star sign Aries.

Describe a typical day? When I get in around midday my first priority is to get a quick debriefing from the breakfast team on what is shaping up as the hot news, issues and showbiz goss of the day. I’ll then be looking for the hottest new angles relevant to my audience while touching base with the drive announcer Phil O’Neill to see what’s cooking in his show.

What’s the best part of the job? The constant challenge of presenting news and information that’s both relevant and entertaining. It’s news with twist, and when something big happens it’s an adrenalin rush like no other. I also get to work with a bunch of creative people who are constantly forcing me to bust my boundaries. I like that!

What’s the worst part of the job? The hourly deadlines mean you don’t have a lot of flexibility in your day. I finish work around 8 at night, so it’s a mad rush to be home for Ally Mc Beal and Dawson’s Creek?(it’s all important demographic research).

What was your first job & how much was in your first pay packet? When I was 13 I worked at Nambour Heights Corner store all day Saturdays for 15 dollars. I didn’t have any ‘work clothes’ and had to borrow my mother’s skirts.

What did you want to be when you grew up? After watching Brooke Shields in Blue Lagoon, I decided I wanted to be an actress.

July 3, 2001

Movers & Shakers – Sharmayne Mardon


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Name Sharmayne Mardon

Occupation/Title Clinic Manager/Remedial Therapist

Company/Organisation Australasian College of Natural Therapies

State NSW

Age 25

Star sign Aquarius

Describe a typical day? Co-coordinating a large student health clinic, offering various different modalities; massage, naturopathy, beauty therapy, nutrition, homeopathy, chiropractic, aromatherapy, reflexology. I spend a part of my day on reception, having first line contact with clients and retailing various beauty products; and the rest of my day is tied up with the administration side of managing a clinic – everything from dealing with student issues, making up remedies for therapists, to ordering stock.

What’s the best part of the job? The people contact, and definitely being in such a nice environment day in day out; being surrounded by people who are trying to improve their health and pamper themselves gives off a lovely energy. It is also great to be surrounded by student’s day in day out, as I am always learning from them, as well as us forwarding knowledge onto them. It is a great opportunity working for the college to expand my knowledge and further my education. For instance I am currently in the process of completing a Diploma in Natural Beauty Therapy part-time.

What’s the worst part of the job? The stress induced with having to deal with a large number of people simultaneously.

What would you consider to be your key talents? Good organizational skills, good people skills. I have also been told by many of my clients that I have a gift with my hands for remedial massage.

What was your first job & how much was in your first pay packet? I was an apprentice chef, believe it or not, and took home $130.00 a week.

What did you want to be when you grew up? A beauty therapist, a doctor or a teacher.

Cont’d…

July 2, 2001

Movers & Shakers – Annette Sampson


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Name Annette Sampson

Occupation/Title Personal finance editor

Company/Organisation The Sydney Morning Herald

State NSW

Age 37

Star sign Capricorn

Describe your career progression and your current professional position.

Started as deputy editor of Manufacturers’ Monthly – someone had to do it! These were the early 1980’s when finance journalism was first starting to develop as something more than a grey area at the back of the newspaper. Moved on to edit a marketing magazine and cover broader areas of finance. After a brief stint as marketing, media and entertainment editor of the short-lived newspaper, Business Daily (only job I’ve ever had where my redundancy payout was higher than the total I earned working there), I moved to Australian Business magazine as personal finance writer. Joined the Herald in 1995 and have edited the small business, Money, and Weekend Money sections.

As personal finance editor, I’m responsible for providing stories and comment on hip pocket issues across the paper. One week that could mean looking at the latest interest rate rise, the next trying to convey complex investment concepts to ordinary readers.

Tell us a little about your book, The Money Book.

Too often finance is treated as something complex that isn’t part of everyday life. I wanted to change that with a book that is jam-packed with information readers can use to manage their finances – but presented in a way that’s interesting to read, rather than being intimidating.

As a journalist, rather than a finance professional, I felt I could bring a different perspective to money management – giving readers the tools to make financial decisions themselves rather than bombarding them with statements on what they should and shouldn’t do.

June 3, 2001

Movers & Shakers – Anthea Paul


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Name Anthea Paul

Occupation/Title CEO Girlosophy Pty Ltd / Creative Director / Author

Company/Organisation Girlosophy Pty Ltd

State NSW

Age This lifetime: 36, metaphysically: eternal

Star sign Leo

Describe your career progression and your current professional position.

I completed my university studies in Australia and worked in the fashion industry for about 10 years before moving to New York in the early nineties where I worked as a fashion and design trend forecaster. I also freelanced as an art director and stylist and became the Creative Director for ACA Architects & Designers before signing on as Photo Editor for Gear Magazine. I returned to Australia in 1999 to write and complete my first book and established Girlosophy – The Soul Survival Company.

Tell us about your new book, Girlosophy In short, it’s a new philosophy for young women that helps us to realise our own individual potential and destiny. It’s about taking charge of our lives by directing thoughts and actions in a positive, constructive and spiritual way as well as the importance of learning to understand universal energies and working with them. I felt there was a need to address more internal and spiritual issues – as women we are currently overloaded with material regarding the external or physical representation of ourselves. I was – and still am – inspired by my own spiritual journey, by my own dilemmas born of growing up in a turbulent time and the choices I face as a modern woman at the beginning of the 21st century. I believe what I have learned from my life is valuable and I wanted to communicate it so that hopefully it would help others on their path and in their quest for self-expression and personal fulfilment.

June 2, 2001

Movers & Shakers – Teresa Callies


Our Mover and Shaker this week is Teresa Callies, Information Officer at MN Department of Transportation and part-time editor of WITNE (Women in the New Economy).

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Name Teresa Callies

Occupation/Title Information Officer at MN Department of Transportation and part-time editor of WITNE (Women in the New Economy) on the Brave New Work World web site (www.newwork.com).

State Minnesota, USA

Age Let’s just say that it’s true that life begins at 40.

Star sign Sagittarius

Describe your career progression and your current professional position.

I have a degree in International Relations from the University of Minnesota, and always looked for unusual jobs. The common theme is finding jobs dealing with research or writing or something creative. In the 1980’s I worked for a publishing company, then went back to the US. In 1988 I went on a study-abroad program to Greece, and did research on the Greek press and how they covered news. That eventually opened the door to a job at a public radio network where I was a researcher in the newsroom. I now work in communications in a state government agency, while writing for the Brave New Work World web site on the side.

Describe a typical day? Every day is different. There really is no typical day for me.

What’s the best part of the job? I get to meet a lot of people from around the world who come to visit our Traffic Management Center at Mn/DOT. (Congestion is an international issue!) And in my work with the Brave New Work World web site, I am in contact with many people who are interested in women’s issues and how the new economy is affecting our lives. I try to write about issues that Americans are thinking about and talking about, and I find interesting books and web sites as well.

What’s the worst part of the job? I work odd hours at Mn/DOT. One day I may come in at 6 a.m., the next day I may not come in until 11 a.m. However, I rarely travel in rush hour traffic!

May 3, 2001

Movers & Shakers – Jill Garland


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Name Jill Garland

Occupation/Title Snr Manager e-Sales Operations

Company/Organisation RAMS Home Loans

State NSW

Age 34

Star sign Libra

Describe a typical day?. I try to do some exercise before work which recently has involved walking for around 45 minutes at 6am. This gets me motivated for the day. I arrive at work around 8.15, read through any e mails and then try to plan my work for that day.

My role at RAMS Home Loans is very much analysing results, identifying which staff members look like they are going to make budget for that month, which do not, what are the reasons, and discussing strategies with them to improve results. At RAMS my job is to drive sales volume whilst minimising costs, so a typical day is geared around this.

What’s the best part of the job? The people I work with and reaching our targeted budget.

What’s the worst part of the job? Not hitting budget, and having to read e mails!

What was your first job & how much was in your first pay packet? Filing Clerk for the Scottish Dental Estimates Board From memory the pay was around ?8,000 per annum.

What did you want to be when you grew up? A chef!

May 2, 2001

Movers & Shakers – Sharon Mackie


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Name Sharon Mackie

Occupation/Title Managing Director – Executive Recruitment

Company/Organisation Collins Consulting Group, CCG Selection & The Executive Network

State NSW & Vic

Age I’ll be 33 this year ? but then again, I’ve been 33 before!

Star sign Sagittarius – we use knowledge to understand the world so I’m told.

Describe a typical day? I have a family and am the MD and owner of three businesses – what’s a “typical day?”. My days can include business development, consulting on assignments, managing and mentoring staff, business planning, marketing, sharing knowledge and information, financials, exercising, changing nappies, bedtime stories and dinner with my partner.

What’s the best part of the day? Seeing my family’s smiling faces at the end of a really busy and stressful day. And I always enjoy sitting down and interacting with the team.

What’s the worst part of the job? Trying to maintain and enjoy the all-important work-life balance.

What was your first job & how much was in your first pay packet? I started out as an Accountant in Melbourne earning a weekly salary of $384.00.

What did you want to be when you grew up? I always wanted to be an FBI agent, but chose to do an accounting degree instead!

April 3, 2001

Movers & Shakers – Philippa Yelland


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Name Philippa Yelland

Occupation/Title Journalist, writer, speaker

Company/Organisation WordWright Editorial Services

State NSW

Age 43

Star sign Libra

Describe your career progression and your current professional position.

I have been a journalist for 20 years, and currently focus on information technology (IT) issues.

After spending two years at each of The Canberra Times and The Australian Financial Review, I was appointed editor of Powderhound Ski Magazine and in 1986 founded Desktop Publishing Magazine. I was in a unique position to do this – as far as is known, I was the first person in Australia to use and train others in the earliest versions of PageMaker and to commission the newly available Apple Macintosh as a DTP system.

Since 1994, a time when IT was not yet a buzzword, I have specialised in computer journalism. I took up the position of Computers & High Technology business section editor with The Australian into a free-lance powerbase as a recognised expert in IT employment, the changing profiles of women in IT, eCommerce & the Internet.

My IT columns and features appear each Tuesday in the computer sections of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Her communications consultancy, WordWright Editorial Services, specialises in copy writing, editing, training, and lecturing.

At present I am completing my first novel set in the swamps of southern Queensland, writing a motivational self-help book about IT eEmployment, and collaborating with Perth composer Roxanne Della-Bosca on the libretto for Fish, a one-hour music-theatre piece commissioned by Arts WA – to be performed in Sydney next year.

Describe a typical day There isn’t one! My husband and I work from home while looking after our 3 young children (4 years, 2 ?, and 1). We have a wonderful house helper who looks after the children while we work in the mornings and some afternoons. A typical work session would be: check emails, reply, chase stories, work on book, write some more libretto for music theatre, wrestle with GST and BAS compliance, respond to invitations to speak.

What’s the best part of the job? Contributing to the debate about social equity in Australia

What’s the worst part of the job? Allocating time between work and family

What was your first job? Selling women’s underwear at Coles in Brisbane

What did you want to be when you grew up? My self.

What 3 character traits best describe you? Obsessive, loving, and frazzled.

If you could invite five people, living or dead, to dinner who would they be? Jesus Christ, Patrick White, Janet Frame, Germaine Greer, and my husband.

Who has been the biggest influence on your career? Sylvia Lawson, journalist and lecturer at Griffith University. She showed me it was possible to make a living from writing, and to have a family.

What would you spend your last $100 on? I’d give it to someone who needed it.

What are you incapable of living without? High heels.

What are you reading? Montessori Play & Learn by Lesley Britton; As Nature Made Him – The Boy Who Was Raised As a Girl by John Colapinto; With One Skin Less – Poems by Philip Hammial: The Bible

What are you driving? Our old Toyota LiteAce.

What’s your favourite piece of clothing? A Mondrian-like silk scarf.

What would you never wear again? Flares.

What is your favourite perfume? Lavender.

Would you consider cosmetic surgery? Not for myself.

What’s your favourite drink? Iced mocha.

What is, or would be, your perfect holiday destination? My home – with meals brought in, the housework done, and fresh white, fluffy towels each day.

March 3, 2001

Movers & Shakers : Kate Barnes


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Name Kate Barnes

Occupation/Title Psychic / Channeller / Healer

Company/Organisation Sydney Psychic Guidance and Healing Centre

State NSW

Age Somewhere mature

Star sign Taurus

Describe a typical day?

I fight to get out of bed in winter, shower, tidy the house, have breakfast and millions of vitamin supplements. My clients can be seeing me for a number of reasons, e.g. healing or readings. Some days I may have to do a psychic rescue which is “ghostbusting”. I never know what is awaiting me fully until I arrive at the premises. Most spirits I don’t have too much trouble with but occasionally I will come across one that is very troubled. Some earthbound spirits are still caught up with who they were while they were alive, which is really not good when you are dealing with someone who may have committed murders or been violent in other ways. I sometimes wonder how on earth I got involved in rescues as I have a yellow streak down the middle of my back that is wider than I am. My work is extremely satisfying as I love helping people, it is very interesting and I am able to have variety.

What’s the best part of the job?

Being able to be myself and helping others. I feel that in being self employed in an area that I am passionate about enables me to be very much my own person.

What’s the worst part of the job?

The way that people can react to me when they discover what I do for a living. It can go from one extreme to another. People quite often have a mind set on what my work entails. I can be treated like a guru one minute and something out of a side show alley the next. You learn to become thick skinned but also with maturity you care less about what some people think.

What would you consider to be your key talents?

I have been very blessed. As a clairvoyant I have very few limitations. There is almost nothing that I can’t do.

What was your first job & how much was in your first pay packet?

My first job was as a cub reporter for a local newspaper. This was part time while I was in school. My first full time job was as a junior in a solicitor’s office and my pay packet was $28.00 per week, that was gross, not net. I quickly discovered that this wasn’t for me and went abalone diving instead.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be Shirley MacLaine which is so ironic as at the time she was an entertainer. I wanted to sing and dance , the irony is in the fact that I now am working in an area that she does. Little did I know.

February 4, 2001