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Zeynep Smith – scenestr of the day

Published in SOD  
What do you do?
I work in film PR, organising promotions and publicity for films like 'Lion' in Australia.

Why do you do it?
I always found myself watching, thinking, talking about film in everyday life and thought it’d be great to do it professionally when the opportunity came up. Now I can research the same things I was looking up pre-employment and watch movies during the day and call it work.

What do you love about the city you live in?
I used to live in London so comparatively, I think Sydney is a beautiful, clean and safe city to live in. The gradual decline of the city’s nightlife culture I don’t love so much. The obscene house prices also make me want to wail incessantly.

Where did you go for your last holiday?
I was in Turkey two months ago. I dodged tourists and selfie sticks on the mountain in Pamukkale and went antique-furniture shopping in the markets of Izmir.

What's your favourite item of clothing?
My most worn item is a pair of silky black, pleated trousers that I wear everywhere. It’s starting to get holes but I refuse to let go.

What was your favourite TV show when you were a kid?
'Scooby Doo', 'Are You Afraid Of The Dark', 'Sabrina The Teenage Witch'. Anything with (very) mild horror/ occultism.

If you could travel back in time for a day, where would you go?
So many disasters to prevent, so many mysteries to solve, I’d be overwhelmed by choice. So I’d tinker with the machine and travel forward in time. I’d love to see what the planet would look like in 300 years.

If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook us?
The only thing I can successfully create in the kitchen is a mess, so I’d order in to save both of us the trouble.

What's the best lesson you've ever learned?
Have trust in the timing.

Tell us one thing about yourself that nobody else knows…
I’m petrified of flying on planes. Yikes.

Are you happy with your work-life balance?
I am yet to reconcile this balance. Society should move away from living to work and accommodate more flexibility and opportunities to live life to the fullest. If only.

How do you define success?
Success shouldn’t be measured by the two metrics it's typically associated with: money and social standing. Success is about wellbeing, contentment and being surrounded by people you love/ who love you.

What's your spirit animal?
Doge? Much hip.

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