What is your name?
Briefly sum up who you are and what motivates you?
I am a Suffolk-based journalist who writes, takes pictures and makes videos. I am interested in ideas, adventures, communication, storytelling, big white mountains, spirituality, art, getting up early to watch the sunrise on the beach, hill-walking, fitness, yoga, the environment. I flirt with veganism and am obsessed with all possibilities in the world of tech and communication.
If you have a job, what do you do for a living?
I run online courses in Video Confident Technology and thanks to the Advantages of Age Business Academy pilot have just launched a membership – Master the Digital Maze – to help older entrepreneurs understand the world of technology, social media, visual storytelling … and PR.
How long have you been doing this?
I have been a journalist/editor for 40 years. I have been running Smartphone Video for Business for 5 years and Master the Digital Maze is just out of the box!
What do you find most satisfying about your job?
I love meeting people – and having interviewed too many celebs ordinary people are usually a lot more interesting. However, I count myself privileged to have interviewed Anthony Horowitz in his Suffolk writing “retreat”, which overlooks the mysterious Orfordness marvelling how he writes six books concurrently.
I also love it when my video students get their videos or their business onto mainstream TV – like BBC, ITN even MTV.
Is your work primarily a means to an end ie money or the motivating force of your life?
It’s just what I do. I regularly get rapped over the knuckles by business coaches for giving away too much too cheaply or for free. But the long and the short of it is that I have to work, life has dealt me some dud cards.
When you were 8, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Did you get there – and if not, are you happy/sad that you didn’t?
It quickly became apparent that maths wasn’t my thing, neither was physics, or chemistry so medicine wasn’t an option. I didn’t fare much better at art (to my great regret). I couldn’t draw and my lessons in art taught me how to dodge the board rubber, flying car keys or whatever the teacher had to hand for those who needed to ask questions. I fell into journalism because I didn’t know what I wanted to do.
What is your dream job?
Touring the world making travel/wildlife documentaries.
A proper writer.
If UK-based, are you glad, indifferent or disappointed that the official pension age is rising?
I am a WASPI woman – don’t talk to me about the Government and pensions.