Meet Lucy Fisher, when she’s not enjoying family time with husband Darren and kids Scarlett (5) and Miles (2), she wears the Festival Director’s hat for the Gold Coast Film Festival which hits the Gold Coast this month, from April 19-30.
Tell us about your business/current role?
I am the festival director for the city’s flagship film event. The Gold Coast Film Festival is a major cultural event and I am responsible for strategic planning, funding and sponsorship and managing the team and volunteers that pull the festival together.
What’s your business background? Who were your mentors along the way?
I spent eight years working for major events and attractions in London. My first boss in London, Julia Knight, was a creative genius and I learnt so much from her. I think you take away something from every position. I have a fantastic network of mentors at the moment. I also try and mentor young women whenever I can.
What time does a typical day start for you?
Who does the cooking and cleaning at your house?
It’s split down the middle. I look after the food and Darren looks after the cleaning.
If you have 10 minutes to yourself, what do you like to do?
Tend to my fruit and vegetable garden – it’s hands-on, satisfying and peaceful.
What do you do for childcare?
We couldn’t do what we do without the help of my mum who looks after either one or both kids, three days a week.
Do your kids do many extracurricular activities?
Swimming, athletics and drama
What do you do for fun as a family?
We love going to family-friendly events like Sand Safari or Swell. Wet n Wild is a bit of a favourite too.
What is your favourite thing to do for date night with your partner?
Anywhere with cocktails and oysters! Or a movie.
What is your favourite local place to visit?
Tribeca on Chevron is great, Not Tonight in Southport and The Kitchens at Robina are also faves.
How about favourite place to eat out as a family?
We love our local café, ParcBah. And Sushi Train. It’s tricky with a loud toddler, but I know this stage doesn’t last forever and I know we’ll be doing more adventurous dining as a family again pretty soon.
Where do you head to when you get time for a girls’ night out?
I don’t really get many girls nights! I’m happy with a coffee and a good chat with a girlfriend.
Favourite place to shop (locally and online)?
BirdsNest and ASOS for clothes. Deux for earrings. Wittner for shoes.
Must-have parenting tip or tool?
I adopted a policy of only making one dinner. The options are: Eat it or leave it! I can’t imagine how much time it would take to make different options or even a meal for kids and then a meal for adults. But generally my biggest tip is don’t judge others.
Can you share any tips on finding the right work/life balance?
Sometimes the emails have to wait. Just remember it is not life or death (OK, maybe this tip doesn’t apply to doctors and nurses…)
How do you stay motivated in your career?
I relish the challenge of doing things that have not been done before. Whether it’s a PR stunt or introducing Gold Coast’s first movie locations tours, doing something new requires creativity and detailed planning – my two favourite things! I think it’s easy to stay motivated when you are doing something you feel challenged by.