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Amanda Doellinger - scenestr of the day

  • Saturday, 07 December 2013 21:25
Amanda-DoellingerWhat do you do?
I’m the publicist at Brisbane Powerhouse.

Why do you do it?
I love the variety, and it’s a privilege to work with so many people who want to make the world a better place – either by entertaining or enlightening people. Over the years I’ve worked with political activists, photojournalists, actors, directors, dancers, cabaret stars and filmmakers from around the world.

What do you love about the city you live in?
The great sub-tropical weather and lifestyle. You can exercise outdoors year-round, there’s a multitude of cafes, bars and restaurants with outdoor dining plus there’s plenty of craft and farmers' markets. I feel a bit stir-crazy if I don’t spend some time outdoors every day.

Where did you go for your last holiday?
I can’t even remember, but I’m going to the USA for a holiday this week! I plan to bring back vintage cowboy boots and a southern drawl.

What's your favourite item of clothing? Why?
It’s technically an accessory but I’ve worn my Skagen watch every day for the last six years and still love it. It’s a good example of great design and functionality in one item. It was also a gift from my mum, and it’s a nice reminder of her whenever I wear it.

What was your favourite TV show when you were a kid?
I watched a lot of Seinfeld, so I have to fight the impulse to say “what’s the deal with….” whenever I’m perplexed by modern life. However I’ve never worn sneakers with jeans.

If you could travel back in time for a day, where would you go?
I'd join John Lennon and Yoko Ono for their bed-in to promote peace. Activism + napping = win.

If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook for us?
Meatballs! I’ve gotten enthusiastic about them this year as you can make them as basic or as fancy as you’d like, and you can prepare them quickly. I’d make chicken, leek and bacon ones in white wine sauce, some jalapeno-stuffed Mexican ones and some peppery Czech ones. To round it out I’d also make a few salads and get a bottle of red – bon appetit!

What's the best lesson you've ever learned?
Wear sunscreen. I’ve only been British-backpacker-red once but it was enough.

Tell us one thing about yourself that nobody else knows...
My first job (in high school) was painting deer heads for a taxidermist. I had to get the colour blended around the eyes and nose, and try to make it look slightly dewy.

Are you happy with your work/life balance?
Most of the time. Working in the arts, the line between work and play is pretty blurry. Luckily at Brisbane Powerhouse if I’m there after 5pm I’m most likely to be trying a new dish at Watt or Bar Alto, checking out a show, or going for a run in the park.

How do you define success?
Feeling like you’ve achieved something, even if it’s only small, every day. Some days this can mean getting a great interview arranged for work, or reaching a new PB at the gym.

What's your spirit animal?
A pony.
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