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Karen McBride – scenestr of the day

Published in SOD  
What do you do?
I manage the Department Heads and Volunteers, and assist the Site Manager at Woodford Folk Festival.

Why do you do it?
I love this festival – it’s an honour and absolute joy to be a part of making it happen.

What do you love about the city you live in?
I love the diversity of people, the community feeling and the similarity to my hometown in Canada. I love where I’m from and now, where I live.

Where did you go for your last holiday?
Canada and the US – I went home for a visit with the family, help out at the old festival I used to work for and then a month-long road trip through the southern states with a stop at Burning Man for a week.

What's your favourite item of clothing?
My black Cons (do shoes count?) If not, then it’s a tie between my red Monsters t-shirt from WFF13/14 and my green Brett Dennen concert shirt from his 2011 tour to Australia.

What was your favourite TV show when you were a kid?
'Gilligan’s Island'.

If you could travel back in time for a day, where would you go?
Wow, that’s a hard one! I’ve had so many great days in my life, it’s impossible to pick one, plus I try not to think too much about the past. The present is where it’s at. But if I really had to pick a day, watching the sunset on Paris from the Eiffel Tower on Summer Solstice and then partying all night on the streets of Paris for Fete de la Musique. Paris had been my dream since I was a child put in French Immersion, and I finally realised it two years ago.

If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook us?
Crispy, fried tofu wraps with kale, quinoa and tahini-lime dressing or Mexican (I make a mean guac).

What's the best lesson you've ever learned?
My dad always used to quote Henry Ford’s saying: “whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right”.

Tell us one thing about yourself that nobody else knows...
FAT CHANCE! Ok, I’m an international spy working for the Galapagos Defence Force.

Are you happy with your work/ life balance?
Immensely, though there never seems to be enough time in the day, especially as we get closer to the festival.

How do you define success?
Achieving what you set out to do and, for those times when you don’t quite reach your goals, being able to still find the learning or positives in the ‘failure’ – being happy about both outcomes is being successful.

What's your spirit animal?
Do bears drink coffee? If so, I’m a bear.

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