Jessica Saxton - scenestr of the day

Published in SOD  
What do you do?
Photography, writing, exploring. I'm a journalist, my days are pretty varied. I'm freelancing at the moment while looking for more full-time work. I have a few photography exhibitions coming up which tend to keep me busy. It's new, I've never exhibited my own work before, I'm very excited.

Why do you do it?
I love to share the things that I find amazing. I'm pretty lucky, my job lets me travel around and get to know people and places and then help them tell their stories. It's really cool. One day I would be working in Far North Qld on a sea turtle conservation project, the next I'd be shooting an Aboriginal dance festival, music concert or writing stories from the Himalayas.

What do you love about the city you live in?
I'm in Brisbane right now, that's where I've spent most of my years growing up. I love it because my family and friends are here, but also if you reach out and get to know people the city is such a welcoming and vibrant place. This will always be home to me.

Where did you go for your last holiday?
Nepal. I spent 10 weeks countering with VCD Nepal, working as a journalist in Kathmandu, hiking in the Himalayas and staying with a local orphanage. It's an amazing place with such loving and exciting people, I can't wait to go back.

What's your favourite item of clothing? Why?
Gosh, it varies! I go through phases of wearing one item to death, then move onto the next. Right now it's an orange dress that I can pull over my togs.

What was your favourite TV show when you were a kid?
When I was little I loved the Power Rangers. I actually just saw it on tv again the other day and not much has changed. I also was, and still am, a huge Star Wars fan.

If you could travel back in time for a day, where would you go?
I'd like to go to Woodstock, I'd love to see that gen at the peak of their movement.

If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook us?
Curry. Of course. I learned to cook Daalbhat in Nepal and it's been a staple ever since. Come on over, we can eat with our hands.

What's the best lesson you've ever learned?
Honesty. I think when I was young I tried to lie every now and then to get out of trouble, but I'm a terrible liar. It's much easier to tell the truth.

Tell us one thing about yourself that nobody else knows...
I used to climb my mums orange trees and eat the fruit before she could pick it. Sorry.

Are you happy with your work/life balance?
I love what I do and that means that work/ life often overlap. I hope that I can make enough money doing what I love to keep doing it!

How do you define success?
Happiness and self respect. Knowing you can be proud of your choices, happy and loved each day.

What's your spirit animal?
I feel that I would be a sea otter.


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