It’s been 10 years since I became a permanent staff member at HC – but I started contracting as a freelancer years before that, when I was pregnant with my first baby (who is now choosing HSC subjects!).
I’ve been thinking about how to sum up that period but it’s impossible. I’ve been so many places, done so many things, met so many people and grown a few grey hairs. So instead, here’s a random selection of 10 things I’ve done in the past 10 years with HC.
- Interviewed 70 people in seven days in a city in China. None of them spoke English so all of the interviews were via an interpreter.
- Milked a salmon for its eggs on a chilly day in Victoria. It was….interesting.
- Been on a plane where the photographer and I were the only passengers. The pilot handed out snacks during the safety talk.
- Gone to a beekeepers’ property with a photographer who was allergic to bees (along with my sister-from-another-mister, HC’s Creative Director Al Jackson)
- Interviewed countless people who have been just insanely inspiring. I couldn’t even tell you my favourite.
- Started a radio program and podcast. The first episode was terrifying and I haven’t listened to it.
- Stood up at a conference and presented for the very first time. It actually wasn’t that bad.
- Fielded more than 60 calls in one day when a huge media crisis blew up for a client. It was maybe the busiest day of my career but also one of the most satisfying. I love the adrenalin rush of crisis comms.
- Run training sessions online and in-person.
- Spent most of my days, most days of the week, with an amazing, funny, fun, tightknit team that is like a second family.