Twenty Questions with Sophie Hallwright
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 about themselves. 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.
What is your full name?
Sophie Jane Hallwright.
How old are you?
Just turned 26!
How old do you feel?
I feel my age – it’s been a great 26 years.
Where were you born, and where do you live now?
I was born in Auckland, New Zealand but am currently living in Bondi, Sydney.
What do you do for work?
I produce things. Mainly radio and television but I’m also currently producing a webseries called called ‘Realness TV’.
What do you do for fun?
I do most things for fun, but dancing to a bit of Beyonce or old school RnB is definitely up there…
Did you go to university? If so, what did you study?
I went to The New Zealand Broadcasting School in Christchurch and did a Bachelor of Radio Broadcasting and Communications. I left the degree early for a job offer and finished my thesis by correspondence (thank god).
What is your favourite movie of all time?
I’m embarrassed to say that ‘The Holiday’ was the first thing that popped into my head… the second was ‘Patti Cake$’ – an awesome film festival submission that everyone should watch.
What is the biggest risk you have ever taken that has paid off?
Leaving my job producing The Edge Breakfast Show, to live in Sydney and produce another show. I was literally bawling my eyes out writing my resignation to leave The Edge and for a long time I wasn’t sure if I’d made the right decision. At first I really struggled in Australia; I had a weird flatting situation and hated the job I moved over for. It was TERRIFYING and took a while to work itself out, but it certainly paid off in the long run.
Hardest moment of your twenties so far?
MADELEINE! These are hard questions! Ummm probably leaving the job that I had moved to Sydney for. I was getting weirdly bullied at work by my boss, which spiralled me into an anxious mess. After five months I left the job with nowhere to go and unsure how I would pay rent. That was pretty scary.
Best moment of your twenties so far?
Living and working in Fiji! I was producing the American Survivor for four months and part of a 500 person crew. I met the most amazing people from all over the world (the crew consisted of South Africans, Americans, Australians, Cambodians, Philippino’s, Canadians – honestly every country you can imagine). I felt very lucky to experience that.
Who do you miss?
My grandad. He turns 100 in January. We used to Skype but he keeps forgetting how to use his iPad – it’s hard living so far away from him.
What do you like the most about yourself?
That I’m not afraid to stray away from the norm.
What do you like the least about yourself?
I know it sounds like the cop out job-interview answer, but I honestly put too much pressure on myself.
If you had to get a tattoo, what would you get and where would you get it?
I’d never get a tattoo. Firstly because my Mum would 100% cry, but I also don’t like anything enough. I know I’d end up hating it within a few weeks (or immediately).
How would your friends describe you?
I had no idea so I asked my friend Soph Donovan, she said “ a whirlwind of energy, colour and charm.”
How would your parents describe you?
I asked my Granny since my parents were ignoring my texts… she said “outgoing, intelligent, friendly and caring, quite annoying at times but otherwise a pretty good babe.”
When was the last time you cried?
The last time I REALLY cried was about two months ago. I sat in my car bawling my eyes out to a song that reminded me of my ex boyfriend… who dumped me. LOL.
What are you afraid of?
Rats. I fucking hate them. Also dying. But I try not to think about that.
If you could start your twenties again, what would you do differently?
I would do yoga, journal and meditate every day religiously.