Helen Lear - scenestr of the day

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What do you do? I manage the communications and marketing for music industry charity, Support Act. We support the Aussie music industry with services including crisis relief, mental health prevention, education and training programmes; and a free 24/7 Wellbeing Helpline.

In my spare time I manage the PR for a number of local artists and music festivals, and sit on the governing committee of local station, Kiama Community Radio.

Why do you do it? I'm very passionate about local music and supporting Aussie artists. We've all had a really tough time these last 18 months, so I'm honoured to be able to do my bit to help our industry get through it.

Also, I get to work with some amazing people and get involved in some really fun campaigns like Ausmusic T-Shirt Day, which is coming up on Friday 19 November.

What do you love about the city you live in? I'm actually a country girl these days living down on the South Coast of NSW. I love the ocean, the countryside and the amazing live music scene we have here. Who needs the city anyway?!

Where did you go for your last holiday? Ha, that seems like a lifetime ago! It would have been the Southern Highlands for a long weekend.

What's your favourite item of clothing? My ever-growing collection of band t-shirts. My fave at the moment would have to be my Pacific Avenue one.

What was your favourite TV show when you were a kid? (If you've got kids, what's your favourite show to watch with them?) My kids are obsessed with 'Kangaroo Beach', but my fave growing up would have to be 'Thundercats'. Showing my age now!

If you could travel back in time for a day, where would you go? Probably back to the UK where I'm originally from to spend a day with my family members who are no longer with us, and to see my mates who I haven't been able to see for far too long.

If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook us? Probably a curry or something I could chuck in the slow cooker and not worry about for a while.

What's the best lesson you've ever learned? There's no such thing as a stupid question. That was one of my dad's nuggets of wisdom.

Tell us one thing about yourself that nobody else knows... I have heterochromia ie. different coloured eyes. One blue and one brown. Just like Bowie.

Are you happy with your work/ life balance? It's always a juggle working with young kids, especially with the last few months of homeschooling, but you have to make time for yourself and create that balance.

How do you define success? Feeling proud of what you've achieved and making a positive difference to someone else's life, no matter how small.

What's your spirit animal? Probably a dolphin as I love the water and chatter a lot.



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