Each month, Interactiveinc feature a Candidate of the Month. Someone in the digital media industry that stands out – someone we think worth writing about to show that people in the digital industry aren’t just blogging all day about Facebook. They are so much more, with interesting lives, skills and interests.
This month we feature Julie Fish, a freelance Digital Communications Strategist we placed in a Contract role. Here’s a little bit about why she made into Interactiveinc’s Candidate of the Month blog.
Julie Fish is the girl of contagious passion for life, the girl with an infectious laugh who inspires those around her to rise with the sun and take on the day. Growing up in sunny Los Angeles, California with her feet in the sand, her adventurous spirit has taken her all over the globe. While hoofin’ it to over forty-five countries, Julie also managed to earn three bachelor degrees and start a few businesses along the way (ranging from an organic pizzeria to a marketing firm and even a creative agency). Now, as a Digital Marketing and Communications Strategist in Sydney, Australia she brings experience, dedication, and energy to a team intent on making a large impact.
After relocating to Sydney, Julie knew what it would take to become a real Sydneysider and understand the dynamics of her new stomping ground. Simply put, it takes connection. Julie immediately joined the Rotary Club of Sydney that enabled her to actively demonstrate ‘service above self’ through community service. Here, she swapped her high-heels for practical ballet flats to direct and manage the Youth Exchange Program responsible for sending local teens abroad while simultaneously placing foreign students in local Sydney schools and with host families during their time in the yearlong program.
Living a city that is surrounded by water and home to the most beautiful harbour in the world, Julie didn’t hesitate to take on the voluntary role as a Senior Girl Guide Unit Leader that meets on the historic tall ship, the James Craig in Darling Harbour. Weekly, Julie meets with a unit of 17 pre-teen and teenage girls where they focus on personal development, community service, leadership, plan their next adventure, and of course sailing!
Recognised for her passion and dedication to connect with the local community, Julie was asked to join the board of Sydney Homeless Connect (SHC). For the past two years, Julie has worked with the organisation in their efforts to connect those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with the care, treatment and services they need to reach a better quality of life. This year SHC held their fifth annual event at Sydney Town Hall where more than 3500 guests connected with 100 service providers. Over 4000 free lunches were served, 400 haircuts were given, 550 pairs of shoes were distributed, 1200 free hugs were embraced and thousands of people ‘connected’. New friends were made. Countless stories of hardship and dreams were shared and hope for a better future was planted. The board has already been busy planning the sixth year of Sydney Homeless Connect scheduled for 2 June 2015.
Obviously, Julie enjoys keeping herself busy with challenges. When she’s not multitasking, you can find her in a local boutique, trying to save the world, finding her focus in Bikram yoga, exploring new parts of the city and waking up far too early on the weekends. A meet-up with Julie for a conversation will not only enlighten and entertain you, but also leaves you with confidence in her extraordinary ability to connect and bring to life any dream or vision!