2/31 Wait… you didn’t know?!

2. 20 facts about you

I have a feeling that this is going to be a tricky prompt… ten I could have managed but 20 facts just about me?! Well, here goes:

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My Queen… Amen!

  1. I’m addicted to RuPaul’s Drag Race and love pretty much all of the queens that have walked through the ‘You Better Werk’ room doors.
  2. My favourite colour is duck egg blue.
  3. I own more pairs of socks than I care to admit.
  4. I’m a bit of a Netflix addict – entire mornings can disappear if I’m not careful.
  5. I love singing and dancing.
  6. When I’m at home, I’m often found in pyjama’s… I mean what’s the point in wearing your outdoor clothes, indoors?!
  7. I began and completed WordPress’ 365 Days of Writing Prompts challenge in 2014.
  8. People find it odd that I don’t drink tea or coffee…
  9. If money was no object, I’d go to see a West End theatre show every single week.
  10. I have a very close family, which means the world to me, and am even related to Howard Carter, the guy who discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb.
  11. My Great Nan reached 104 and a half years young… the half is very important at that age.
  12. I’m obsessed with Mi backpacks. So far, I’ve got a peacock feather one, a gumball one, a galaxy print one, a duck egg blue polka dot backpack and one with elephants all over it.
  13. I’m commonly found wearing Converse hi-tops… wearing heels is for special occasions.
  14. For RuPaul’s BOTS, I temporarily dyed my hair blue. I loved it so much that I’m planning to dye it permanently blue – hopefully two tone, using cobalt and duck egg blue (of course!)
  15. Through my last job, I was sent on press trips to Iceland (Ice Age 4: Continental Drift), Norway (How To Train Your Dragon 2) and Slovenia (Postojna Cave), interviewed a robotic cockatoo (Nigel from Rio 2, with actor Jemaine Clement in another room) and even photographed the stars of TV on the red carpet at the National Television Awards.
  16. I have a BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management.
  17. I love afternoon tea… especially quirky ones such a Spanish or Thai themed.
  18. Working in children’s media means that I get to see many of the new films before they hit the cinemas and I’m a big kid who loves everything Disney, so I end up enjoying every single screening… sometimes even more than the kids that are actually there.
  19. I love unicorns, rainbows and mermaids. I even wanted to be a mermaid growing up… still do!
  20. Primates are my favourite animals (well, and dolphins and marine life of course), but I’ve been lucky enough to meet the famous Primatologist, Dr Jane Goodall three times and even helped her present awards.
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At the most recent Jane Goodall Roots & Shoots Awards with my flatmate, Féaron, where we got to meet Dr Jane’s beloved Mr. H, which travels around the world with her.

The new school

#362: You get to redesign school as we know it from the ground up. Will you do away with reading, writing, and arithmetic? What skills and knowledge will your school focus on imparting to young minds?

Thinking back, I can’t really fault the ways in which my school operated. The only things I’d add are fun things such as learning more unique sports i.e. more dance based or learning how to swim like a mermaid; it would have been nice to learn various words and phrases in more languages; and more digital based/media skills (although back in those days we were just learning how to touch type!).

Non sequitur

#266: Write a post about anything you’d like, but be sure to include this sentence somewhere in the final paragraph: “He tried to hit me with a forklift!”

Anything I like… I guess I could write about my endeavour to give my CV a complete overhaul, which begun last week. I decided that the reason I’ve not been getting many interview offers following my application submissions, is due to the fact that my CV looks pretty boring at first glance. So I thought “Chloe, it’s time for a makeover – time to really shake it up!”. What’s the first thing I do… Google for CV examples. The only slight flaw in this plan, was the fact that there is sooo much advice out there, inevitably clouding my overall objective. That said, the raw copy is typed up and ready, as this forms the general body of the document and I have had a little play around with the various style options available within a pages document. Let’s just say I’m getting there.

Once I’m happy with my new CV, I’ve got a few really good friends who said that they’d be happy to read through it and give me their thoughts – I’m always looking for feedback and ways in which I can improve, so being given constructive criticism always sits well with me. Whilst this is in progress, I can crack on with perfecting the basis to my cover letter – as without realising it, they’ve become a full A4 page long and nobody wants to be faced with that when having to sift through potentially hundreds of applications! I guess I’m just sick of getting the same old emails that start with “Thank you for your interest for our xxx vacancy at xxx. Unfortunately, we will not be taking your application any further… blah blah blah”. Every time I open one of these emails, it feels like he/she has tried to hit me with a forklift! But I’m determined for that to change and soon. So, watch this space…

Regrets, I’ve had a few

#249: What’s your biggest regret? How would your life have been different if you’d made another decision?

I don’t think I have any major regrets in life to be quite honest. I’m a strong believer in everything happening for a reason… yes I do regret staying as an unpaid intern for such a long time (FYI it was 13/14 months or so), but thinking of how my life could have been different if I had changed this is rather pointless. All I’d be doing I’d torturing myself with what could have possibly happened, instead of focussing on my next move forward (which FYI is finding a proper paying job with an actual contract so that I can move into London). I prefer to look on the positive side of things – if I hadn’t of remained an intern, I wouldn’t have been sent to Iceland; I wouldn’t have been able to do all of the filmed interview junkets; I wouldn’t have gone to the NTAs two years in a row; and I certainly wouldn’t have been able to teach myself so much, that I’d become indispensable to any media company or publisher.

Life line

#224: You’re on a long flight and a palm reader sitting next to you insists she reads your palm. You hesitate, but agree. What does she tell you?

That I should continue to pursue a career in the media industry, keeping focussed and determined, as I have a bright future in it. She continues to tell me that I’ve worked very hard to get where I am today, having done so on my own merit, and it’s soon to pay off! I’m reassured that once I have that dream job, everything else (both on a personal and professional level) will become clear and fall into place.

I like this palm reader…