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Sean Dowling - scenestr of the day

Published in SOD  
What do you do?
9-5 I’m a graphic designer for a theatre company, when not at work I’m either taking care of my freelance design clients or playing Men’s Roller Derby.

Why do you do it?
I’ve found that designing for art and artists is far more creatively rewarding than designing for construction companies… though obviously the opposite is true if we are going to talk about money. The Roller Derby? I do that ‘cause it’s awesome.

What do you love about the city you live in?
Like a lot of people I poke fun at this town but deep down I love it. I love all the artists toiling under unfavourable conditions, I love that it’s a hot bed of talent for the sport of Roller Derby, I love the warm nights and I love all it’s ridiculous hills for skating down.

Where did you go for your last holiday?
My couch.

What's your favourite item of clothing? Black Chucks… I can’t imagine any other sort of shoe being on my feet… other than skates… maybe I need to mount some skates to some black cons?

What was your favourite TV show when you were a kid?
MacGuyver… oh and Ninja Turtles… Man, Donatello was KING.

If you could travel back in time for a day, where would you go?
Probably to last year so I could complete this interview in a timely fashion! Sorry!

If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook for us?
Pie… I love baking pies. My favourite is apple and orange… tastes like marmalade. Oh, and cherry pie with the fruit boiled in Dr Pepper instead of sugar.

What's the best lesson you've ever learned?
You can always start from scratch… and sometimes it’s better than trying to fix what’s broke.

Tell us one thing about yourself that nobody else knows...
I got picked to play for Australia in that Men’s Roller Derby World Cup… and I have never played sport before, like not even in school… I hate sport. I guess I have to think about that.

Are you happy with your work/ life balance?
Seeing as ‘work’ involves making posters, drawing and writing Facebook posts for artists… yeah, I think I’m going okay.

How do you define success?
I try and think about what the teenager I used be would think if I he met me. Would he be impressed? Would he think I was a sell-out or a loser? Would he see me and be excited about growing up and becoming this person?

What's your spirit animal?
I would love to say it’s a jungle cat of some description… but I think I am much more in the ‘flailing arms, drunken monkey’ range… especially when I skate.


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