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Anjali Burnett

 

M A D D Y B U D D - if you don't know, now you know. Her own tweet sums up her spirit perfectly: I love it when bus drivers wave to other bus drivers 👋😊💛

What do you do 9-5, any side hustles?
My job is basically to do social media and Instagram. Haha. I help people create great content and manage their social accounts. It's weird because it's a job that didn't exist when I was at school or uni but now it's all I do all day. 

Because I'm a freelancer I have lots of time to work on other fun stuff too. Like writing and podcasting. I did wardrobe for the new Male Gayz talk show a few weeks ago (if you haven't heard their podcast then you haven't lived). 

My podcast will be coming out soon I'm really excited about that. We talked to amazing women from all different ages and professions. Hopefully it will be inspiring and fun to listen to. 

Who is a woman who inspired you to be your best self?
My friends are my inspo, and basically my whole life. I am chronically extroverted in the way that I need to be with friends all the time. Katherine is one person who always pushes me and helps and motivates me to do things even I don't think I can do. Also my big sis Laura is so supportive and awesome. 

Who's the most interesting or inspiring person you've ever interviewed?
Tyler Haney is pretty inspirational for me too. I got to interview her when I worked at Bazaar. She was super nice. All the women I interview inspire me and are so interesting. 

How do you stay so woke? What are you reading/watching that we should be?
I love podcasts. I like The Guilty Feminist, Womens hour and Call Your Girlfriend at the moment. 

What's the best advice you were ever given?
This is hard. I guess my dad always just says enjoy being young and do all the things you want to do while you have the freedom. I do that as much as I can.

 

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Anjali Burnett

 

Katherine Lowe my kind, funny, fitspo mate. I coached her on the basics of treadmill running and now look at her!

What do you do 9-5 and what do you do outside work hours?
From 9-5, Mon - Fri I am a model agent in the office. I manage and develop Clyne's new face division. It's an interesting and challenging job - because you're dealing with people (and often quite young people) so closely, you face things you would never usually. You kind of become a sort of mother, it's very strange.

The rest of the week I am also a model agent because being an agent isn't limited to office hours, but I also sometimes write posts for RALLY, which is a little website that Leilani Momoisea and I do together. Outside of that, I am really just a woman trying to get a grip on life, lol.

Who's the most interesting or inspiring person you've ever interviewed?
Yikes, I haven't interviewed anyone in a while. I did Lorde's first ever interview which was cool, not only because she's smart and interesting, but also because it started a really great friendship. It was before she blew up, we met up at Little & Friday in Newmarket and did it there, it was cute. I haven't properly interviewed Kirsty Godso before but I have asked her lots of questions and seen her speak a few times and she is incredibly engaging and positive. She's very motivating and inspiring to me.

How do you stay so woke? Anything we should be reading/watching/listening to?
Honestly, I don't feel that woke so this is a hard question. I am trying to make an effort to read more and to listen to and learn from the smarter, more informed people than me!

I don't know about specific thing one should be looking into to stay woke but hey, hop on the internet. It's a vast place, you can learn a lot out there.

Who's a woman who inspired you to be your best self?
There are several women that I'm surrounded by that help me be a better me - including my mum :)

What's the best advice you've been given?
This isn't really advice, but ever since I got told I think about it fairly regularly: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”.

Supplier sessions

Anjali Burnett

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    Behind every piece of twenty-seven names clothing is a long list of people who helped to bring it to life. With our TSN supplier sessions, we're going to be sharing some images from the people and companies who help us each season, so you can learn more about our supply chain.

    First up we have Des and Nick - the beauty and brains behind Wall Fabrics. Wall Fabrics allows a small-scale producer like ourselves to reach up to the top shelf by sourcing us small runs of high quality end-of-line fabrics and surplus stock from the big guys. 

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    Anjali Burnett

     

    Zoe Walker - that friend you rally back and forth via an email with the subject line YES, and a link to an article on how to navigate your relationship with Fashion and Feminism...

    What do you do 9-5?
    I’m a writer with a background in newspapers, magazines and fashion.

    Who is a woman who inspired you to be your best self?
    In the past I probably would’ve said someone well-known and successful in their career. But watching my nana live her life as an adventurous and curious 80-year-old - still travelling, working hard, lots of hobbies, caring for herself and her family - is much more inspiring to me now.

    Who's the most interesting or inspiring person you've ever interviewed
    Serena Williams.

    How do you stay woke? What are you reading/watching that we should be?
    I loved Eva Wiseman’s column about the commercialisation of feminism, and this insane expectation for women to all be strong, fearless, ambitious. This idea of ‘strong women’ and ‘Girl Bosses’ is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately - it feels like a very narrow, and privileged, definition of success and empowerment. Eva nailed it: “We don’t all have to be incredible, or inspiring - most of us just want to be accepted as equal”.

    What's the best advice you were ever given?
    My mentors taught me to never apologise for having high standards and integrity. I also love this from Grace Coddington: “Have fun even if you are working hard”.

     

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    Anjali Burnett

     

    The definition of a dream weaver - 'Rebecca Lawson'

    What do you do 9-5, and what's your side hustle?
    I work in lifestyle & beauty PR, with a side of feel good. I love helping people with projects - whether that's being a wannabe PTA member helping out with the local school fundraiser, or doing what I can to support the Women's Collective. I love getting amongst good ideas

    Who is a woman who inspired you to be your best self?
    My mum absolutely inspires me in all facets of my life - she (along with my dad!) have instilled a strong work ethic in my brothers and I. Mum is one of the hardest workers I know. We have always been very close, but it's since having kids that our relationship has found a new level - I literally could not do this parenting thing without her.

    Professionally, I am so lucky to be surrounded by incredibly driven, capable women who inspire me. It blows my mind how many of my friends own their own businesses, speak out about things that matter to them, and generally sass it up daily.

    Who's the most interesting or inspiring person you've ever worked with?
    I feel lucky to have worked with so many inspiring women - from my first bosses, to female clients in male-dominated industries, to performers at events. But one stand out would have to be my dear friend Kathryn Wilson. We met when I was doing her PR, and became great friends. I have always admired her courage to pursue her dreams, her absolute sass as a businesswomen, her ability to run a company and juggle her family life - all while staying incredibly humble and somehow always finding time to grab a glass of wine.

    What are you reading/watching/listening to that we should be?
    Where do I start! Currently binging 'Shameless' which I was very late to the party with, but that has paid off as now I have 8 seasons to watch!

    I have a few books on the go, current fave is 'F*cking Apostrophes' from my mum (we are grammar nerds), 'Spark Joy' because I'm an amateur hoarder, and 'Dear Ijeawele' from my friend Alice.

    What's the best advice you were ever given?
    In conversation, be present and truly listen to people

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    Anjali Burnett

     

    Another Woman of Note: Anny Ma, definitely making her mum proud. 

    What do you do 9-5 and what do you do outside work hours?
    I'm an Integration Manager in radio promotions. I basically do marketing-type stuff, so have an equally marketing-type title. Outside of work hours I like cooking (not just because it leads to eating), writing, reading non-fiction books/biographies/articles, watching trash TV, and doing fitspo things like going to boxing or on long walks for the 'gram. 

    We've been reading you around the internet - what's the piece you've been most proud of lately?
    Every time somebody says they've read something I've written I'm very surprised, so thank you! I would have to say it's the "Asian fusion, with a side of racism" story on RNZ. My mum said she emailed it to all of her friends because she was so proud that I was speaking for people that wouldn't feel comfortable speaking up, and wouldn't have the platform either. Making mum proud is my number one priority in life. I also received a lot of really kind messages afterwards from Asian people who knew exactly what I was talking about, and validating how they felt about those experiences. 

    How do you stay so woke? Anything we should be reading/watching/listening to?
    I think being part of marginalised groups I'm more attuned to seeing other social injustices, but I've always been very vocal when I see something I don't like, and aware of the fact that you should use your privilege to support those with less. To do this, I always try to speak up for those who can't without speaking for/over them. It's important to use your voice but it's more important to listen as well. I see a lot of people who think they're helping, but really they're just further disenfranchising people by taking away their opportunities to speak. Like, if you're a straight person, you're just not the right person to be representing LGBTQI causes - you can and should support them, but you shouldn't represent them when their community already can. Same goes with feminism, race relations, mental health etc. Performative allyship is SO 2016. On Insty, I like to follow anybody who feels like they will enrich my mindless scrolling experience, such as @lalalaletmeexplainblog for feminist empowerment and sexual agency, @activistbitches for a breadth of social issues (also a NZer is one of the admins! woo!), @jahrager who is a dear friend and creative not of this world who will destroy your soul and world view in her captions, @raquel_savage who is a working sex therapist and sex worker who also has incredibly informative captions. tbh the list goes on and on. FAFSWAG are the collective of my dreams and I can't do justice to describe them, so just check out their online presence - they've got a Vice doco, and an interactive documentary website created in collaboration with Taika Waititi's production company. Snacks and Chats by Lani and Ben is a great podcast and shares stories in an NZ lens as well. Lani is well worth a follow too, her interviews on RNZ and columns for Metro are so beautiful. She also posts loads of yum food content. In 2018, Jess B will be NZ's greatest export, sorry dairy industry. Her energy and spirit is incredibly inspiring and her music and the accompanying videos deliver an incredibly empowering message, as well as being bangers to bop along to. For 'media', Teen Vogue is pushing content boundaries and is more socially relevant than most traditional print media. The Huffington Post has a great section called 'Voices' too which highlights different groups that mainstream media's narrative has excluded so far. Basically, I would say just follow people and media that make you feel uncomfortable in your privilege and listen to what they have to say without expecting their emotional labour in return - google your questions before you ask them.

    Who's a woman who inspired you to be your best self?
    My mum has always been my number one and the person I want to be my best self for. Aside from her, the first person I would usually say is Beyoncé, cos Bow Down, but recently I was lucky enough to meet Yvette Noel-Schure, her publicist, through my friend Taryn of the Women's Collective. She made a seriously lasting impact on me, as she is a woman who knows her values and doesn't stray from them. She's incredibly kind, intelligent, caring, thoughtful, humble, honest, and the career woman of my dreams. From meeting her, I've learned better stress and people management skills, and see the world through a happier lens. Also, Rach and Anjali are the sweetest women in NZ fashion and I've seen them in the most stressful situations the fashion industry can throw without throwing their toys. Their genuine spirit makes me happier than my TSN cat sweater and matching socks. On the other hand, I also feel like every woman in my life is an inspiration. Seeing women succeed when all the signs and political climate say they shouldn't - that's badass.

    What's the best advice you've been given?
    "Never forget to say thank-you" - that's one of Yvette's gems, and it's so applicable to every situation you're in. Every exchange you have with another human is one to be grateful for - they gave you their time, and even if it wasn't pleasant you learned something from them, even if it was 'how not to behave'. I also feel like manners and respect aren't afforded to many, and simply using your manners and being respectful can make people feel on top of the world even if they think they're well below it. Also, I can't stand people who don't thank the bus driver. Ugh!

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    Anjali Burnett

     

    First up in this season's Women of Note series: Leilani Momoisea. We'll definitely be taking this Extraordinary Machine's advice on how to stay woke... 

    What do you do 9-5, and what's your side hustle(s)?
    I work at Radio New Zealand as their acting community engagement editor - which is a fancy way of saying I do social media at RNZ. 

    I very occasionally - much less than I'd like to at the moment - write over on our RALLY website. I really love the lil site that Katherine Lowe and I started together. I've interviewed a bunch of amazing women and artists for the site, and Kath is always writing really great, honest and relatable pieces. 

    I also do the podcast Snacks and Chats with my bud Ben Lawson. We describe it as a serious podcast with a silly name. It's based around that loaded question some of us get: "Where are you from? No, where are you REALLY from?" 

    Who is a woman who inspired you to be your best self?
    My Mum, my sisters and my friends are always inspiring and supporting me to be my best self.

    Who's the most interesting or inspiring person you've ever interviewed?

    My last interview on Snacks and Chats with Jahra was so interesting and inspiring because I learnt so much. I really loved my Snacks and Chats interview with Nate Nauer who does the Breakfast Show on Mai FM, a super thoughtful dude with some crack up stories. The images that went with my interview of my cuz Olivia Laita are so beautiful. One of my all time fave interviews is this one with Tongan Ozzie rapper Turquoise Prince, because it was so candid and unexpected.

    How do you stay so woke? What are you reading/watching that we should be?

    Lol. I follow a bunch of people on twitter who are way more woke than me, and I just try and shut up and listen and learn from whatever they're saying.

    I love watching sports docos like Last Chance U and the 30 for 30 series. I need to finish The Leftovers - which is my fave recent TV series, and Peaky Blinders - and when I'm not watching anything new I just re-watch Mad Men and The Wire x infinity.

    What's the best advice you were ever given?
    If there was a better way to go then it would find me
    I can't help it, the road just rolls out behind me
    Be kind to me, or treat me mean
    I'll make the most of it I'm an extraordinary machine 
    - Fiona Apple.

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