What do you do and why do you do it?
I've work in television and the experience of working in media can be a genuine privilege. It can offer you an inside view of an industry that is increasingly central to modern life and plays an important part of how we view ourselves and the world we live in.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
I guess I'm lucky like that...I've never really had a bad job. I worked as a door-to-door salesman one time when I was still a student. That was not just a shitty job but genuine hard work. I think I figured out before lunch that it was never going to be for me and...well... I never made it back for Day 2.
Were you born and raised in Sydney? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Sydney?
Born in Canberra and moved to Sydney for the Olympics in 2000. I had just finished studying in Newcastle and I was trying to decide what to do next. I think I always knew I'd move to Sydney but the Olympics had created a buzz that was hard to ignore.
What’s your current hood in Sydney and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
I live in the inner south of the city in what was until recently one of the last undiscovered spots. It's had a colourful history (Google: The Block Redfern) and still has strong ties to the Sydney indigenous community but things are changing fast.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I listen to most all kinds of music and the only stuff I can say that I hate is mindless radio dribble. It really depends what mood I'm in and i'm always open to something new...as long as it has some heart.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Someone that I used to know (Gotye). I've been thinking (Handsome Boy Modelling School). It's not up to you (Bjork). All your gold (Bat for Lashes). Somewhat Damaged (Nine Inch Nails). Stray Dog (New Order). Crazy in Love (Antony and the Johnsons).
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
This is a seriously hard question and I could give you a different answer every day you asked me but...Seinfeld would have to be in my Top 5. I think the original Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy would have to be in there too. Its pretty old now (80s) but it is just such a beautiful sci-fi comedy. House of Cards is starting to lose it's way but has been a great political drama and who could forget Game of Thrones? I'm not going to try and tell you why Game of Thrones is good; you either get it...or you don't.
Name some spots in Sydney that are good for a Tinder date.
Sydney Opera Bar - it is almost always humming and the view is amazing. It will either make a striking backdrop or give you something else to look at if your date is boring you to tears. Handpicked Cellar Door - it's a beautiful quiet space, the wine is good and you'll have few interruptions for as long as you want to sit and shoot the breeze. Bank Hotel Newtown - there are lots of different spaces, booths and quiet corners. You'll not only find a spot where you can get talking but if you want to move on, the whole of Newtown is right at your fingertips.
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
I like Kanye but....but we all know KW needs a serious roasting. Who knows he might even wake up to himself, abandon the madness and go back to when it was 'all about the music'.
Who’s your hero and where in Sydney would you take them out for a serious hang?
I don't know if I have a proper hero. I have a lot of people that I respect and most of all I respect the people who held on to their principles when it would have made their lives much, much easier to have let them go. Where would I take them? I'd take them somewhere nice and picturesque where we could pass some serious time swapping stories and getting to know one another.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
What? This old thing? You know where! The internets!!!
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
I guess that would have to be The Ivy. It's very popular and I'm sure it can be lovely but when I walk past at night, I've never once thought about ducking in to check it out and I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
I love spending time on rooftops. There are loads of good bars and food venues with good views but there is nothing quite being up on a roof in the city. I think the view and the feeling of being high up. My friend used to live on the roof of a building and it was magic. There is definitely not enough of that going on in this city.
Where do you go in Sydney for a casual night out?
I live close to Chinatown and Newtown which both have dozens of good food options and a chance for a drink. It's nice to walk because the weather is kind most of the year and you don't even need to decide what you want to eat until you get there.
Where would you go in Sydney to celebrate some freaking good news?
Cafe Sydney at Customs House - try and sit out the front with views over Circular Quay. Sake in The Rocks - consistently listed as just an amazing place to indulge in beautiful japanese food when price is no option. Est in Chippendale - crowned best new restaurant in Sydney two years ago and still kicking goals all day. Chinese Noodle House at the Burlington Centre - not flash by any means but they do BYO, the food is fantastic and seriously what else does a proper celebration require?
What’s your choice of transportation in Sydney and why?
The city is pretty big and spread out so the train is your best friend much of the time. In/around the city a bike can get you anywhere you want to go and often faster and easier than public transport. Chances are you'll be doing a bit of walking too so sensible footwear is a smart transport choice at all times. The difficulty in getting around can really vary so it pays to do a little bit of research in advance (Google: Trip Planner NSW).
What are the Sydney spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
If you were only here for a weekend then it's a no-brainer. Catch a train to Milsons Point and walk south over the Harbour Bridge into the city. Visit The Rocks, walk around the Opera House and catch the ferry to Manly from Circular Quay. Go to Manly beach and stop for lunch somewhere on the concourse but...head back to the city before the crowds come out at night. Head out to the beaches in the eastern suburbs and take the Bronte to Bondi walk. If you make it back into town in time, head to Newtown for dinner and a beer.
What are the Sydney spots tourists should run from screaming?
Darling Harbour is a certified tourist trap filled with all the worst attractions you'd expect. A small, cramped zoo where there shouldn't be one, an aquarium that's well worth missing and dozens of venues with little interest in repeat business who charge big bucks for very little.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Sydney. How do you spend it?
If the weather is good, I think you have to spend it at the beach or on the harbour. Ride the ferries to Manly, Balmain and Watson's Bay with lunch and a few beers along the way. There are many tiny beaches inside the harbour and many more north and south along the coast. All of them are worth a visit and will leave you with good things to remember about your visit.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
This is an impossible question because if you like travelling, every different city has reasons to love it and plenty of reasons to go back. I love Prague because it has so many memories for me. I love NYC because there is too much to do in one lifetime. I love Tokyo because of the collision of the old and new. I love London because I have good friends there and its feels (strangely) like more of a home-away-from-home then i could have ever expected.