Austin, United States
Cristiane, 31
Freelancer, Photographer
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I went to college for Marketing and Advertising and used to work with that, but I found out it wasn't for me. Now I'm traveling and studying photography my real passion and doing some freelance work. I'm a very visual person, so I like to transform subjects into images and share with other's my point of view. The world is amazingly beautiful, so I want to give to it beautiful things as well.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

I used to work in the marketing department of a global company, but the product I was working with was toilet paper. I realized it was pretty bad when my friends started sending text messages while using the bathroom and pictures of toilet paper followed by ' Hey, this just reminded me of you'. Also, cliche or not, the corporate world doesn't suit me.

Were you born and raised in Austin? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Austin?

No, I'm originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil. I always had a crush on Austin. I remember it was the first city, inside the U.S, that I actually planned to travel to. People would often ask me ' Why Austin?' and I would always answer 'Why not?' because I never really understood why, I just felt like going. When I made it to Austin, I fell in love and after I left I lived in a constant ' I miss you' mode. A year after that trip, the universe brought me back to Texas. I lived in Houston for a while but it never felt like home, so I decided that since I was in Texas, I was going to live in the coolest city, and here I am.

What’s your current hood in Austin and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I live in Southeast Austin, a very calm and familiar neighborhood. I like the South mainly because the traffic is not as bad as the North part of Austin.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I listen to electronic, indie and some hip-hop mainly. I hate country and most of the pop/radio songs.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

The XX, Kanye, Nicolas Jaar, Bonobo, When Saint Go Machine, Black Marble, Nu, Little Dragon, Future Islands, Lapsley, Porches, Blood Orange.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Breaking Bad. The plot itself is very original. I crave for creativity, so even if the show is bad, if the story is unique and I'm not able to guess the end I will love it. Breaking Bad is good because you put yourself inside of the character's mind and you start to think what would you do if you were in his position. Also, things always turn out to be something else, never what you had imagined.It's crazy!

Name some spots in Austin that are good for a Tinder date.

Garage and Backbeat

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

Trump. Always.

Who’s your hero and where in Austin would you take them out for a serious hang?

My Mama. I would take her to The Color Inside and we would just look at that magnificent James Turrell piece of art for as long as my eyes are able to do so.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

most of my clothes are from my mom's closet, thrift stores, and Zara.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Barbarella. That place keeps me dancing all night long.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Eat barbecue. Since barbecue is a thing here, the best spots are always crowded and you have to wait hours to put your hands on a juicy brisket, so I always ended up choosing something else to eat.

Where do you go in Austin for a casual night out?

Austin is pretty casual. Rainey Street or East Austin, you will find lots of chill bars with patios.I like Bar Illegal, and Mezcaleria Tobala, both are tiny candle-lit bars with incredible Mezcal, all from Oaxaca, Mexico.

Where would you go in Austin to celebrate some freaking good news?

I like to celebrate good news with good food, so definitely would be at Contigo, my favorite restaurant here in Austin.

What’s your choice of transportation in Austin and why?

Car. Cities with efficient public transport have subways. This is not the case in Austin, public transportation seems to work right only in downtown. Same for biking, but you can't get any further than that. If you are not in downtown, better rent a car.

What are the Austin spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Barton Springs, Hamilton Pool, Franklin Barbecue, Lady Bird Lake/Zilker Park, 6th Street are the most touristic things in Austin, and can give you the feel of the city.

What are the Austin spots tourists should run from screaming?

6th Street. I think everyone who comes to Austin for the first time should experience the 'dirty 6th', but I wouldn't recommend more than once. Too crowded, Too touristy.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Austin. How do you spend it?

Austin has a bunch of nature, so I would definitely spent my time in one of the amazing nature spots here. Maybe Hamilton Pool or somewhere in the Greenbelt. And eat bbq after.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

I like Los Angeles. It has the big city lifestyle but it surrounded by nature, so besides all the buzz you also have beaches, deserts, swimming holes. It's all in one.

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