Martine’s the newest writer to start at outré creative.
What do you do at outré creative?
I’m a writer, which means I create written content for the fantastic projects we get to work on. Sometimes that means one word or two lines, other times it’s several pages. Everyday is different, that’s the best part.
What three words would you use to describe outré creative?
Effective, dynamic – busy!
Obviously working here is brilliant but what’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
I used to bartend at a beach bar that had a massive cockroach problem. My manager used to make me pick them out of the food and glassware; they even used to crawl over my feet when I was making cocktails. The memories still make me shiver!
Are there any little known facts about yourself you could share?
I studied dog behavioural therapy for fun (I have a deeply ingrained dog obsession). So in theory I know all about the canine thought process and how to train them kindly and effectively. I’ve yet to test my skills on a real live dog though.
What’s on your bucket list?
I would love to work with endangered animals. The dream is to spend a few months in Africa working with endangered elephants and apes. When I was in Thailand I went to an elephant rehabilitation centre and helped to bathe elephants in a river, that’s now my mental happy place when things get stressful. Oh! And I really really want to see Britney Spears live in Vegas.
What are you known for amongst friends?
My absolutely manic dinner parties. I love to cook but I’m terrible at cooking for more than three people. My last gathering included 10 guests scattered around my one bedroom apartment on the hottest day of the year. I had people hanging out of the window trying not to pass out while I served soup in paper cups. I was going for a kitsch picnic vibe but it ended up being more like a curious form of torture in Death Valley.
Motto or personal mantra?
Non tutte le ciambelle riescono col buco. Translated literally it means ‘not all doughnuts come out with a hole.’ It sounds far less inspiring in English doesn’t it? My Italian grandma would always say this to me when I was worried or upset. Essentially it just means that things don’t always turn out like you expect, but if you have a flexible attitude everything will still be OK!
What’s the most important thing you have learned in the last five years?
Patience really is a virtue. If you rush into stuff you’ll almost certainly make mistakes, let things unfold naturally and enjoy the journey!