What do you do?
I facilitate the messengers.
Why do you do it?
Energy. Music is the healer.
What do you love about the city you live in?
That people of colour are becoming more visible.
What's your favourite item of clothing?
My fluffly-warm-as-fk bathrobe. It hugs me.
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 12-year-old and I love to watch US family sitcoms: 'Fresh Off The Boat', 'Modern Family', 'The Golbergs', 'Black-ish', 'Sheldon' etc. The right balance of humour and heart.
If you could travel back in time for a day, where would you go?
I'd probably go back for a day and wreak some havoc among the first-wave colonisers. I'd warn First Nations peoples not to trust the white people and give them knowledge about how to defeat them. So when their ships arrived, they would be ready. Then I'd come back to this time and hopefully it changed the course of history.
If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook us?
I'd ask your food preferences first and work with a seasonal styled menu. Then I would most likely bring a whole mobile catering situation to your place because I live too far out of Melbourne.
What's the best lesson you've ever learned?
Wisdom can't live in a chaotic mind.
Tell us one thing about yourself that nobody else knows...
I have a spreadsheet for all the TV shows and movies I watch and a personal ranking system.
Are you happy with your work/ life balance?
It's constant effort, though the challenge is strangely rewarding.
How do you define success?
Sustainable community success.
What's your spirit animal?
An elder told me once I was an eagle. That I soared high in perspective, in grace and precision. Then moments after she said that, I stepped outside and a wedge-tail was flying in suspension right above my head. And since that day, if an eagle appears on my journey and it usually does, I know I'm moving in the right direction.
Syrene Favero will moderate The Future of Australian Hip Hop panel (feat. N'fa Jones and others) at Melbourne music conference CHANGES at Abbotsford Convent 4 July (12.30-1.30pm).