She is a jack-of-all-trades here, knows StarNow inside out, and is everyone's go-to gal. She says her mission is to make StarNow a great place to work, where every team member is supported and has everything they need to do an awesome job… this is something she goes above and beyond to make a reality! Meet the lady that is always 'on brand' and is behind the smooth running of our StarNow office, Rosie!
What's your role at StarNow, and what does a typical day at work involve for you? I'm the Office and HR Manager, so I'm responsible for anything to do with the day-to-day running of StarNow! I love being a generalist and being involved in a bit of everything (plus I used to be involved in filmmaking and theatre), so this is the perfect job for me. My main responsibilities are to do with Business Services such as Recruitment, HR, Administration, and ensuring everything at HQ is going smoothly. My mission is to make StarNow a great place to work, where every team member is supported and has everything they need to do an awesome job!
A typical day for me always starts with a coffee while I read my emails. From there, you'll see me starting to cross some things off the never-ending post-it note stuck to my laptop keyboard (the master to-do list!). I usually try to work on projects in the afternoon, but throughout the day you'll see me catching up with team members or managers, bouncing ideas around with our Office Coordinator Maddy for our next team activity, meeting visitors to the office, or sharing the latest and greatest memes.
What's your favourite part of your job? It would have to be building relationships with all the awesome people we have at StarNow! My job means that I get to work with pretty much every single person in the team. I really like knowing what is happening everywhere, in the wider industry, and on a personal level, because I really care about our team and what we do. I also love the endless variety in my work, being able to solve problems on a daily basis, and the fun stuff I get to be involved in like planning things for the team or 'repping StarNow at events!
Rosie hard at work in the StarNow office.
If you could give our members one piece of advice, what would it be? Say yes and do your best – you never know where it might lead you! I studied Theatre and Film at university, and after I graduated I had a few different jobs but worked part time on productions in crew roles. After the very first short film I worked on (which was unpaid and a little bit chaotic!), the director was impressed and offered me work on his next film. One project lead to another and through some of the people I met on set, I was able to gain work on different productions and branch out into different roles. It was all really valuable experience, that started from doing my best in my first crew role and being willing to do whatever was needed to make the shoot a success.
Working her magic backstage.
Do you have a favourite StarNow memory? Without a doubt, it would be celebrating our 10th birthday in 2014. We ran an awesome campaign that StarNow members were involved in to celebrate all the castings they had got through using StarNow, and we flew one of our members (Rachel Woods) from L.A. to our HQ in New Zealand to attend our birthday party. It was awesome meeting her and hearing about how she used StarNow to build her modelling career, and getting to meet lots of casting professionals and other people who work in the industry! (But the next-day clean up after the party is probably my least favourite memory!)
At StarNow's 10th birthday celebrations.
What would you like to tell yourself at the age of 13? Don't cut your hair off – you will regret it!! I decided to try out short hair, and looked like a boy for 2 years… it didn't suit me. Sorry, there won't be pictures!
What characteristic do you most admire in others? I really admire a sharp mind. And a quick wit!
If you had 30,000 to donate to StarNow, what would you do with it? Plan an overnight retreat for the whole company – we'd travel somewhere remote, spend some time working on some exciting new ideas to make casting easier and faster, and then do some adventurous team building activities!
If you were stuck on an island, what three things would you bring? Sunblock, definitely number one (#redheadproblems). Mascara, because I'm not me without it! And a sleeping bag maybe? One that was warm and waterproof. I like to think I'm a pretty resourceful person and could MacGyver everything else I might need – I would try and catch my own food, weave a shelter, light a fire, build an SOS sign to get me rescued off the island asap!
If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are living right now? Wow, that's a really deep question! But honestly, I probably wouldn't change much! I think the key to living a good life is purpose – finding something that drives you and contributing to something bigger than yourself. I get a lot of fulfillment through my work, supporting a team who help talent to follow their dreams, and doing Taekwon Do, which is something I really enjoy. If I only had a year left though, I would empty my savings account and go on a trip around the world, and spend as much time as possible with my family and friends.
Taekwon Do - just one of Rosie's many passions.
Enjoying Wellington's rugged coastines.
What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime? Probably the rise of the Internet! I can’t imagine how life would be without it nowadays – although I do remember a time before the internet, when we got our first computer with dial-up installed at my school and were allowed to play on it for 10 minutes each (mostly doodling in MS Paint, offline). To now have Internet access in your pocket, and everywhere you go, is pretty mind-blowing!
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About the author
Maddison Baker is StarNow's Office Coordinator. She's multi-talented and multi-faceted - between answering your questions on social media and keeping the StarNow HQ running smoothly, she manages to pack a lot into her day (think lunchtime gym sessions to after-work netball games). She always knows where the newest, coolest café is, the lyrics to Drake's latest song, and – most importantly for us – where the office supply of coffee is kept.