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April 2, 2017

Happy April Fool’s Day!

Yesterday the Bolster crew pulled an April Fool’s PR prank that, um, didn’t work. We put up social media posts and a blog post about starting a new arm of the business… specifically a doggo club in Collingwood, by the name of WALKIES.

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I thought our pun-filled blog post made it pretty clear that this was a pisstake. Come on, ‘Courtney Barknett’? Apparently not.

A whole bunch of mates and clients messaged us to tell us how utterly excited they were. Sorry guys. It’s not real.

But not all of the blog post is wrong. We are moving office very soon, and the Collingwood converted warehouse in that pic is where we’ll be setting up shop very soon (albeit minus the Photoshopped WALKIES branding). Update on new office digs shortly!

2016 Year In Review

December 27, 2016

2016 was a very weird year for everyone involved. Hey there, Brexit/Trump/Bowie/Snape/Malcolm Turnbull! On a more personal level, I had some shit things happen to me too (i.e. having my flu misdiagnosed as meningococcal and getting sent to the ER) but otherwise, some pretty sweet things happened to, including:

  • Celebrating an entire decade of calling the world’s most liveable city home.
  • Running a BIGSOUND Conference workshop with Alex for Bolster that ended up being the most popular workshop at the whole conference by far.
  • Getting to play five shows at Canadian Music Week with Darts, and successfully navigating LAX with 22kg of music gear.
  • Back on home soil, getting the chance to play some amazing Darts gigs this year, including opening for Tiny Little Houses, Bully, Bleached and Polish Club, plus playing Volumes Fests in Syd.
  • Finding a FREE HAT.
  • Figuring out what I sound awful why I try to sing. (It’s to do with my breathing, apparently.)
  • Heading over to Singapore in November and eating all the foods.
  • Successfully doing a webinar on digital advertising.
  • Speaking at the 8 Percent conference panel around the place of record labels in the current music climate.
  • Watching The Cure play Splendour In The Grass.
  • Completing a 100-day healthy challenge where I had to eat cleanly for 100 days. I accidentally found out that not eating processed food for over 3 months cures adult acne. The more you know.
  • Learning to knit!
  • Getting the chance to work with some absolutely phenomenal clients at Bolster, including Iggy Pop, Adele, Flume and more.
  • Finishing an online course in best practices for copywriting for web and learning some new things too.
  • Travelling more than I ever have in my entire life, with a record of 22 flights over 12 months. No flights booked for 2017 though and that makes me so happy.
  • Learning that I will never be satisfied with whatever headphones I own. (Currently on the Aiaiai TMA-2 Studio Presets which are okay, but HMU if you know something better.)

Happy New Year, guys!

This Is Why I Can’t Have Pets

July 2, 2016

So happy to announce that Darts will be heading over to Sydney next month for Volumes Festival. Looking forward to watching Nicholas Allbrook, Royal Blackouts, Rainbow Chan and Terrible Truths.

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And from there, my year will be Splendour In The Grass (yes, hello, come at me), BIGSOUND in September, and then Queensland again in summer. This is why I can’t have nice (furry) things (with names and feelings and expensive vet bills).

If you’re also flying to the east coast for SITG or BIGSOUND, hit me up so we can share a coconut water and secrets. Or just coconut water.

Valentine’s Day craziness

February 15, 2016

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We’re a bit wacky so we sent Valentine’s Day bouquets to a handful of our clients, complete with cheesy puns… One of our clients had them sitting pretty next to an ARIA Award but Remote Control takes the cake with this gherkin jar. Happy V-Day, y’all ;)

P.S. Oh yeah, Bolster got an Instagram account.

P.P.S. Also happy six month Bolster-versary to me!

P.P.P.S. Why are you still reading?

 

2015 in 25 bullet points

December 31, 2015

  • Made it through the year with 17 plants still alive as of December 31. #greenthumb
  • Had a blast working at Shock Records with the best music team.
  • Ate watermelon for the first time in my entire life and didn’t mind it.
  • Darts released an album that we’re proud of and people seemed to not hate it but I still feel a bit awkward about it all.
  • Discovered Star Talk Radio like a good nerd.
  • Started working at Bolster Digital. So happy to have landed a job with an awesome team/work space/sweet treats/clients/campaigns. Ate a cronut at work today.
  • Had lots of fun shooting Two Halves, who absolutely killed it this year.
  • Saw a blue cactus.
  • Started making my bed regularly. Know that’s weird that but my parents would understand how this is noteworthy.
  • Headed over to BIGSOUND in Brisbane for the third time, and the very first time as a performer with Darts.
  • Stabbed myself. And then got drenched in blood.
  • Played at the Corner Hotel. BRAIN MELTING.
  • Bought a pretty new lense!
  • Practised my resting bitch face on camera here. And here. And pretty much everywhere.
  • Went to four weddings and no funerals.
  • Got Google AdWords certified!
  • Have kept a gratitude diary for the second half of the year. Not going to lie – a lot of it is food and I’m okay with that.
  • Played at Paradise Festival again. Highlight was the rave (first floor) cave. Low point was sleeping on a slope.
  • Dyed my hair pink. Again.
  • After a failed attempt at hot yoga with my neighbour (read: not enough coconut water in the world to ever make me do that again), I started doing room temperature yoga at home thanks to the internet. Goal for 2016: be able to do a beautiful downward dog. I still suck a lot.
  • Listened to lots of new music. My top two picks here on Happy blog.
  • Volunteered at Open House Melbourne. Had fun telling people where they could and could not go. Felt like Gandalf.
  • Spent possibly too much time drawing/buying art supplies.
  • Was in Elle Magazine ^___^
  • Drove a car only once this year.

 

 

 

Truly Paradise

December 3, 2015

Darts played at Paradise Music Festival year 1, back in 2013… and we were so stoked to get invited back to play at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort again this year. So rad seeing how much the festival has grown in the three years and hope it continues on until I’m an old lady.

Highlights included watching My Disco against a backdrop of blood red trees, having a bird-size moth chill with us on stage, watching everyone spill their paella (sorry, tiny bit of schadenfreude happening here), dancing with Jessie in Clubland (who insisted on trying to find Andrew every five minutes) and sharing our band bourbon with Leisure Suite. Also having a ridiculously huge crowd of babes watching us (see first pic below) was also very surreal.

Some of my shitty Insta snaps below. Some coverage of the festival as a whole on The Thousands and Poncho.tv.

 

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Some snaps from Open House Melbourne

July 30, 2015

As promised, pictures from Open House Melbourne last week.

Day 1 was a booked tour of the Public Records Office in North Melbourne. Was super interesting to see how the government stores documents. I loved the juxtaposition between the modern facilities (see the first pic below – super shiny shelving) and the actual artifacts being stored.

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The second tour I went on was at Collingwood Town Hall… Photographs for CTH have mysterious gone missing, but here’s a consolation prize image of the police station sign at the back of Town Hall.

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Day 2 was volunteering at the absolutely stunning South Melbourne Town Hall.

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Thank you, Open House Melbourne!

August 10, 2014

OHM_certificate of appreciation_Paige ChoAs you all (maybe) know, I’m a huge nerd when it comes to anything related to Melbourne, architecture, history and any combination of those three things.

I volunteered at Open House Melbourne a couple of weeks ago, and yes, I was one of the girls selling event programs inside the shipping crate at Melbourne Town Hall (check it!). Getting thrown right in the midst of all the activity and buzz was awesome, and I got to work alongside some truly lovely folks. And then an elderly man dressed as a tram inspector gave me a half penny from 1909 for answering a history pop quiz correctly. But maybe that’s a story for another time.

On top of selling books and pointing people in various directions, I also won a building ballot and got to walk on the Melbourne Central roof top and inside the Glass Dome. Can’t wait for next year.

(P.S. To everyone who complained that they didn’t know about the ballots or volunteer sign-up, subscribe to their e-newsletter via their site here.)

 

Open House Melbourne’s most excited volunteer

July 14, 2014

…would possibly be me.

I am a huge nerrrd. I love things about architecture and history, and dinosaurs and space and literature. Unfortunately I haven’t found anything that really ticks off all those boxes, but Open House Melbourne definitely covers off Melbourne’s colourful history and marvellous architecture.

I will be a volunteer on the PR and Program Selling team, and colour me TICKLED PINK. If not for my enthusiasm, then for our amazing and intense volunteer uniform that matches my hair (ahem, Fudge Paintbox Raspberry Beret). Imma give Barbie a run for her money. Not 100% what I’ll be doing, but presumable wandering around, selling the official programs.

Give the Open House Melbourne crew some love on Facebook, Twitter and Insta. The non-profit initiative is part of the wider Open House Worldwide network. The event is over the weekend of July 26 and 27. Following the happenings with the hashtag #Curiocity.

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Professional Pervin’

May 26, 2014

Here’s something to bring out your inner competitor. LinkedIn has just introduced a new feature that allows users to see how they rank against their connections in terms of profile views. It’s a percentile score, and it is quite telling.

The ‘Who’s viewed your profile’ feature is great for seeing who is looking at your profile (and what organisations and industries they represent) as well as the raw number of how many users are having a peep… But context makes a huge difference. If a recruiter who uses LinkedIn to find candidates for work gets 40 views in a week, this isn’t as impressive as a blogger who is still quite small on the scene.

Here’s the official lowdown from LinkedIn’s blog and the TIME Magazine wrap up. LinkedIn’s vid below.

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