Twenty Questions with Alicia Reid


Welcome To Twenty Questions!

Every week I’ll be sharing a new twenty-something on the blog and their responses to twenty quick-fire, intimate questions. No one featured on Twenty Questions is a celebrity or public figure, and most of these people I don’t know very well, or at all. My hope is that by taking a peek into someone else’s soul you will realise that, despite our fundamental differences, we still have similar insecurities, make similar mistakes and have fought similar battles to become the people we are today.

Alicia Reid, 22

What is your full name?

Alicia Jane Carter Reid. Also known as Ali. But I will answer to anything including smelly, smell, Al, Alisa, Alisiya and Aliska (the last three are my Russian names).

How old are you?


How old do you feel?

Around 25?

Where were you born, and where do you live now?

I was born in Auckland but I currently live in St Petersburg in Russia.

What do you do for work?

I’m a professional ballerina at The Mikhailovsky Theatre.

What do you do for fun?

I recently started loving arts and crafts! But I also love cooking, shopping, fishing, swimming, going to the movies, drinking coffee and eating out.

Did you go to university? If so, what did you study? If not, why?

No I didn’t, or haven’t yet. But I did go to The Australian Ballet School in Melbourne for five years. It’s like university for ballerinas where you just dance all day and do dance-based subjects like music, drama, ballet history and dance psychology. It prepared me well for future dance auditions for jobs.

What is your favourite movie of all time?

It’s so hard to choose a singular favourite movie… but I really loved Whiplash.

What is the biggest risk you have ever taken that has paid off?

Knee surgery. I had reconstruction surgery on both of my knees four years ago and now they are fabulous! But it took at least a year for me to feel like I could really dance again.

Hardest moment of your twenties so far?

Moving to Russia. This career takes you all around the world, which is awesome, but it also means you could end up in the furthest possible country from home. The language, food and culture is so different to New Zealand that it made it really hard to adjust to the lifestyle. A lot of the time it was very lonely and it still can be.

Best moment of your twenties so far?

I’m not sure if it’s the best moment but it was definitely significant for me: I went to London for two weeks to get my visa (good excuse for a holiday) and the family I stayed with invited me to talk to their daughter’s primary school class about being a ballerina. I’ve never felt so awesome in my life. They were so in awe of what I do, and it gave me a new energy at work. I inspired them but they probably don’t know how much they inspired me too.

Who do you miss?

My family, my friends, and New Zealand.

What do you like the most about yourself?

I think that I’ve become a really strong and resilient person because of what I’ve done. There isn’t a lot that people could say to me that I’d get upset about and I’m never afraid to voice my own opinion.

What do you like the least about yourself?

Sometimes I think that I’m too independent.

If you had to get a tattoo, what would you get and where would you get it?

Well I would never get a tattoo but I’ve seen a few that I like. A small phrase in Japanese or a simple illustration.

How would your friends describe you?

I talked to a few friends and this is what they said… That I’m not afraid to be myself. I’m never trying to be something I’m not – just doing what makes me happy. Someone you can always depend on to make you smile. Always trying to see the good in others. Genuine, bubbly, dedicated and passionate. (They’re pretty cool friends.)

How would your parents describe you?

“Gutsy”. It’s their new word. Even Nan has caught onto it.

When was the last time you cried?

Two days ago for no apparent reason.

What are you afraid of?

I really don’t like the sensation of falling, when you’re stomach feels like it’s in your throat. Maybe I just need to go sky diving to get over it.

If you could start your twenties again, what would you do differently?

Watch less TV and read more. My mum will laugh at this answer because she’s always trying to get me to read.