Twenty Questions with Imogen Wilson
Welcome to Twenty Questions!
Every week I invite a twenty-something onto the blog and share their responses to twenty quick-fire, intimate questions. No one featured on Twenty Questions is a 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.
What is your full name?
Imogen Mary Wilson.
How old are you?
How old do you feel?
Sometimes I feel 19, sometimes I feel 30. Depends what situation I am in.
Where were you born, and where do you live now?
I was born in Canberra, Australia, and shortly after that moved to Wellington in New Zealand. I spent 17 years there before relocating to Auckland, where I have now lived for 8 years. Crazy!
What do you do for work?
I currently work across a handful of different roles; photography, styling, booker and casting director, management at The Others agency, and marketing.
What do you do for fun?
I work…haha! I’m lucky that I get to work with really exciting clients and often my friends are involved in one way or another; within the creative team or my casting choices. It’s the best. Other than that, I go out with my friends a lot, go to gigs, art shows etc.
Did you go to university? If so, what did you study? If not, why?
I didn’t. I kind of wish I did but at the time there was no gut feeling pulling me towards studying. I didn’t know what to study. At 17 I decided I wanted to pursue styling and you don’t need to study to be a stylist. That was the first role I stepped into, and I still do a fair bit of styling to date. Everything else like marketing, photography and casting has all stemmed from styling. There has been a lot of self-teaching, taking risks, asking questions and interning.
What is your favourite movie of all time?
Damn that’s hard. I’m a sucker for trashy films and shows. Last week I watched You Got Served, Legally Blonde and The O.C. I love coming-of-age movies; films like Wassup Rockers, Crazy Beautiful, Kids and Ken Park are some of my favourites.
What is the biggest risk you have ever taken that has paid off?
Travelling, often out of my own pocket, to produce work overseas.
Hardest moment of your twenties so far?
Other than difficult personal life shit, I’d say learning how to deal with the IRD and run a payroll system. That was a total head spin for a minute, lots of big words and paperwork. Also learning the hard way to never really count on anyone for anything.
Best moment of your twenties so far?
Becoming a mentor and support system for so many of the young kids I manage, cast and work with. Giving them the support I didn’t have at their age. I finally have a decent amount of personal experience, connections and advice to help them on both a personal and professional level.
Who do you miss?
My family; they all live in different cities and countries so we don’t see each other much, however we speak most days. Not having that support network in real life sucks a lot.
What do you like the most about yourself?
I love that I take pride in being a really honest person, being fair, friendly and non-judgmental. I help others out a lot, which a lot of the time can go unappreciated, but when you are acknowledged it’s so rewarding and an amazing feeling.
What do you like the least about yourself?
I think about others a lot more than I think about myself but I’m slowly starting to shift my head into focusing on myself in a positive way. Becoming more in tune with how I feel, what I need and what I want for myself – especially on a personal-life level.
If you had to get a tattoo, what would you get? If you already have tattoos, which is your favourite and why?
My favourite tattoo is a fairy on my left arm, based off a design by Anna Sui.
How would your friends describe you?
Work hard, play hard.
How would your parents describe you?
Hard working. Scruffy. Social butterfly.
When was the last time you cried?
Maybe three weeks ago.
What are you afraid of?
Lack of clarity. I hate it so much.
If you could start your twenties again, what would you do differently?
Live and think more consciously. It goes so fucking fast.