Sinead O'Hara - scenestr of the day

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What do you do? By day I'm the Programming & Communications Manager at Rosemount Hotel and by whenever-I'm-not-at-Rosemount I run my own artist management and bookings company BASE MGMT where I manage Bad Weather and Priscilla, and am the booking agent for Stapleton.

Why do you do it? I absolutely love original music and adore working with artists to help them achieve their goals and execute their visions.

I always looked up to people who said things like "when you love your job, you never work a day in your life" – and I feel like I'm doing that and I am so grateful. I love what I do so much! It's challenging at times of course, but at the end of the day I'm right where I want to be.

What do you love about the city you live in? Perth has a very supportive, original music community, I really like seeing artists supporting each other instead of competing.

It's also a great place to grow kinda quickly if you've got a good thing going on with your music because Perth be small! Word gets around pretty quickly about who's doing cool things, so it's a great place to build a loyal local following and hone your craft.

Where did you go for your last holiday? Oh gosh – holidays feel like a thing of the past sadly because of COVID. I've gone on a few down-south trips.

For the last one my partner and I headed down to Pemberton and stayed in my Mum's Airbnb, went for forest walks, checked out waterfalls, had picnics, and wined and dined. It's so lovely and peaceful down there. I also barely touched my phone, which is a HUGE achievement for me.

What's your favourite item of clothing? My Dr. Martens. Almost exclusively wear them as my only shoes (I feel like this answer would be the same for pretty much like every other person in the music scene).

What was your favourite TV show when you were a kid? Probably 'The Simpsons'. I'm lucky I wasn't one of those kids whose parents didn't let them watch 'The Simpsons' because it's crude (with respect to those parents – you do you).

In fact, it was quite the opposite in my household – we'd sit down as a family and watch it and quote every line and sing-along with the songs. We even bought an album of the songs when we were little and used to play it over and over again. "See my vest, see my vest, made from real gorilla chest." Good times. 'The Simpsons' is still hilarious to me to be honest.

If you could travel back in time for a day, where would you go? Ooohh. . . I'd probably go back to when I was in Europe with my family, so I could remember what it's like to travel again.

If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook us? I love cooking! I'd probably pull out all the stops and make a Spanish feast or something. Tapas or paella with some sangria sound ok?

What's the best lesson you've ever learned? Big question. Probably to respect and honour myself more and set boundaries. It helps not only with personal growth, but also with work, decision making. . . everything really.

Tell us one thing about yourself that nobody else knows... There is nothing that absolutely nobody knows! I'm a venter, so honestly I don't think I could hold in my secrets if I tried.

Are you happy with your work/ life balance? I mean if I was just doing Rosemount Hotel work and didn't run my own business as well, I'd have a great work/ life balance!

But because I'm building that up, I do spend a lot of evenings and weekends working so no, I wouldn't say I have as healthy a work/ life balance as I would like, but I definitely know when to take time for myself and say 'no' to people, turn off my notifications etc. to avoid getting burnout.

Burnout is no fun and it's important to make sure you're looking after yourself, eating healthy, exercising, and having somewhat of a social life.

How do you define success? I mean as long as you are happy I think you're successful. I hate the concept that when you get to a certain point you'll be successful. A lot of artists think 'when I get signed to a label I'll be successful' or whatever it is. Success is subjective and shouldn't be measured by anything other than your happiness.

What's your spirit animal? Haha I have no idea. Brodie [Rosemount Programming Assistant] said I was an eagle, so let's go with that.



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