Good Press

People that know me personally are pretty use to seeing me in the papers. I've had to be in there a lot to use the free press available to us to promote the art centre and the market in their infant stages. My friends are so use to it I don't even get text messages poking fun at me anymore. I can imaging the eye rolling when they see me in there again and flicking the page as they don't want to read the same stories about community art over and over again. I've even missed articles because no one has told me we were in there till weeks later and I don't regularly buy the paper.

I feel like I had given everyone enough break and had recently been contacted multiple times for interviews for the paper and radio....I always get nervous for the radio ones - I also sound like a ten year old girl in my ears. But free press is free press and when its to promote something for the community I have to do my duty and talk to the media. The benefit of doing so many interviews is that to creates a great time line of events and markers of how far we have grown in time. Its nice to talk to someone regularly about were you are at - it really enforces that you are still growing, developing and succeeding. The stories we receive lately were lovely and positive - even though I don't feel like I gave positive interviews - its all about interpretation.

People may not believe it but I was very shy before I started hairdressing - I battled with talking to people and in front of people for a very long time. Its all a case of the more you do it the better you get at it. I also use Rescue Remedy (from health food stores) to clam the butterflies - I use it less often these days - its also great for studying stress. You should try it. . . what do you use to calm your nerves?

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Michelle Walker is a Tasmanian born creative. An Artist for life, Visual Arts Teacher, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Hairdresser by trade and mother to two beautiful children.