We recently sat down and interviewed our new board members to give you a chance to get to know them better, and we’ll be featuring one of these Q+As each week on the blog. Before we do though, today we are excited to introduce you to Bec Mackey, our new Content and Marketing Manager!
What is your current business/creative pursuit/job?
My new job is Content and Marketing Manager for CWC! So far I’ve been loving working alongside the talented board members, engaging with our awesome members, and I’m looking forward to working to champion, connect and support more amazing creative women through our new marketing and member initiatives. My personal creative pursuit is writing, and I’ve just started an Instagram account called @_conversationswithmysister to experiment with a bit of microblogging. I have a one year old daughter so on the days I’m not working I’m spending most of my time playing with (and running after) her!
Can you outline the journey that got you here? What previous work/creative pursuits/life decisions brought you to this place?
I started my career working as a Producer making TV commercials. I eventually moved into Television for a while, and then gave up my producing hat in favour of working in business and management in TV and Film at ABC and Screen Australia respectively. During this time I also did my teaching dip ed. I absolutely love to teach but after finishing my diploma I was drawn back into the screen industry. Eventually I realised I had pretty much given up all creativity in favour of more linear business and operational roles, so I quit my full time job and went on a bit of a journey of self discovery. Since then I’ve freelanced as a producer again, served on the CWC board, starting writing again on my own blog, done some teaching, and in the past few years, worked in a very similar role as to my current role with CWC at an Arts Education organisation which is also membership based. A year ago I had my daughter and it helped clarify that working with people and organisations with similar values to my own is really important to me. My time is suddenly very precious and I want to spend it wisely.
When did you first come across Creative Women’s Circle?
During my journey of self discovery as above! I came along to the first ever board info day that Tess McCabe held and it was love at first sight. I knew straight away I wanted to be involved.
How has your experience been with CWC?
When I attended the board info day back in 2015, it was at a time when I didn’t feel I had a lot of colleagues or friends who understood where I was at in a career or creative sense. I was blown away by the combination of Tess’s vision for CWC and the inclusivity within the CWC community that she had created. That day she brought together a group of brilliant and supportive women, many of whom I am lucky to call friends to this day. Throughout the past few years I have always felt equal parts supported and inspired by the CWC members, board and volunteers. It really is a special organisation.
How would you describe the value of membership with CWC?
Its so worthwhile. Besides the list of benefits, there is the added bonus of being part of such a beautiful community. Our members often find themselves collaborating with other women they have connected with via CWC, or volunteering with our organisation to build on their skills and their network. There are many possibilities beyond the events, discounts and resources - all of which are brilliant too of course!
Which creative person, living or dead, do you most admire and why?
I just love Cleo Wade, the artist/poet/feminist. She is one of those people who has found a way to articulate brilliantly what so much of the world is feeling at the moment, and her success is in part due to her genuine kindness and drive to create a connected community. Cleo, along with other artists who use Instagram to soothe our collective soul, showed me that I can write from my heart and still value activism, research and intellect. Its a lie that these two sides of ourselves don’t go together, and art is where they best meet.
How do you challenge yourself creatively?
By getting out of my comfort zone and trying new things. It’s a bit of a cliché, but it works.
What would you be doing if you weren’t in your current career? What is your ‘other’ dream job/business?
I sometimes fantasise about finding some great properties around Victoria to turn into Airbnbs that I would manage. That, or running an amazing social enterprise. You know, the small goals!
Where do you see Creative Women’s Circle heading over the next two years? Why is this a great time to renew/sign up or volunteer to join the CWC community?
The legacy set up by the outgoing board is awesome and inspiring. The next two years will be an exciting time of building on the work the previous board has done and we expect a lot of growth for CWC. There will be new and more widespread events, exciting new initiatives for members and a LOT of connecting to do. Come, join us now and be part of something wonderful!
Bec Mackey is a writer, producer and teacher. She has worked in media and the arts for over a decade as a producer, in arts administration/management and arts education. Bec believes in the power of words – to connect, to galvanise and to heal. She has particular interests in psychology, storytelling, and working with and advocating for women. Bec combines most of these loves in her part time role as the Content and Marketing Manager at Creative Women’s Circle and via her Instagram account @conversationswithmysister. By far her biggest joy and learning curve to date is her beautiful one year old daughter.