A Cup of Tea with Joanie and... a Hair Talent Producer.
What's your current job role?
I'm a producer at Mastered, which is a talent development company for the fashion industry. I produce the hair program, which means I book, interview and generally get to hang out with some really cool experts in the fashion and beauty worlds. Amongst other things...
I usually wake up at…
6am, which isn't out of choice but merely a distressing side effect of getting older. Losing the ability to sleep for hours on end has been the only downside of ageing in my experience. I try to use the time productively and do meditation or read, but more often than not it ends up being a chance to catch up on emails that have come in overnight from the US. I do lots of freelance work for hair brands too, so I sometimes use that time to get up to speed on any other projects.
My usual breakfast is…
I'm very bad at breakfast. Coffee? I like breakfast meetings a lot, because it means I'm forced to eat something and can actually sit at a table and enjoy it, rather than multi-tasking at my desk.
I am responsible for…
Absolutely everything to do with hair at the company! So booking experts, interviewing them, reviewing video content, interacting with the hairstylists enrolled on the program, planning what's coming up next... I'm lucky to spend a lot of time in other countries, talking to awesome people about why they do what they do, in order to help other people get better at what they do. It's a nice responsibility to have!
My most memorable work moment is…
In this role, it would definitely be getting to interview and hang out with some of my absolute heroes and develop relationships with them. From my entire career, I think some of the mad press trips I've been on would be up there. I've been to lots of nice places and got to experience some really incredible things, all in the name of writing about hair.
After work I enjoy…
Spin class and sleeping. If I'm not being quite so wholesome, pizza with my buddies is always good and I try to fit in as many exhibition openings and previews as humanely possible. I did one each week last year and I'm aiming to beat that in 2017.
What’s your typical Friday night go-to-drink?
Champagne if I'm feeling fancy, tequila and soda if I'm not.
What can you not leave the house without?
My phone, obv. Mostly because I'm always listening to podcasts in a bid to cram more knowledge into my skull by any means possible.
You’re given a plane ticket titled ‘anywhere!’… where do you go?
What would your spirit animal be? Why?
This Instagram dog, who doesn't update often enough. I like his attitude to life and fondness for Doritos and death metal.
What’s your favourite book? Why?
That's a really hard question, but I'd go for Teenage by Jon Savage as my non-fiction pick and The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway for fiction. Teenage is a really great study into teenage sub-cultures over the last 100 years and proves that young people don't really ever change – and that they aren't really bad or dangerous or dumb, or any of those other sweeping statements that get thrown around. The Sun Also Rises is just my favourite story and it makes me want to drink cold white wine in a field in Spain.
If you could give your 16 year old self any advice, what would it be?
Other people can enhance your happiness, but they can't be the sole source of it. On a less deep note, I'd also advise myself to stop drinking the 10p vodka at my favourite Sheffield rock club.