Twenty Questions with Imogen Ling


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.

Imogen Ling, 24

What is your full name?

Imogen Jane Ling.


How old are you?


How old do you feel?

Around my age, but I think my soul is closer to 75.


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

I was born in Auckland and I’m extremely lucky to be living in beautiful Queenstown.


What do you do for work?

I’m an Air Traffic Controller – getting paid to look out the window and tell people what to do all day is pretty cool.


What do you do for fun?

I’m obsessed with being outdoors, and preferably in/near water – you’ll often find me jumping off some form of cliff/tree/rope swing. I also enjoy experimenting with new vegan recipes with my boyfriend.


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

I did, I lasted less than a semester studying biology before I left to learn how to fly planes instead.


What is your favourite movie of all time?

I genuinely don’t have one. I’m really not a film person at all – people are always horrified by how few films I have seen!


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

Making the decision to stray from the “mainstream” and what everyone else my age was doing and pursue a career in aviation.


Hardest moment of your twenties so far?

Fainting while flying a plane when I was 21 and thus losing my pilot’s medical certificate.


Best moment of your twenties so far?

Back when I was flying planes in Auckland and flying my friends to the Coromandel for a beach day.


Who do you miss?

Friends and family in Auckland and around the world, and my boyfriend. We’re doing long distance and it’s the worst.


What do you like the most about yourself?

My integrity, my work ethic and the fact that I’ll basically give anything a go.


 What do you like the least about yourself?

That I can be stubborn to a fault.


If you had to get a tattoo, what would you get and where would you get it? If you already have tattoos, which is your favourite and why?

I have a tiny tattoo of a plane on the outside of my wrist.


How would your friends describe you?

This came from my darling friend Olivia: “You are introverted in the sense that people need to earn your character and once they do you are incredibly open. A girl who defies stereotypical standards and marches to the beat of her own high standards and expectations of herself to satisfy her ambitions.”


How would your parents describe you?

Independent, strong willed, hardworking, “just a bloody good chick”.


When was the last time you cried?

The day after Boxing Day when my mum called me at work to tell me my dad had been involved in an accident.


What are you afraid of?

BIRDS, cripplingly so. Also being misunderstood.


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

Stop giving your energy to shit that doesn’t actually matter.