My dream has always been to empower others and share my story.
I love inspiring individuals, in particular teens to think BIG!
In short, I was a bubbly girl with big dreams held back by a vicious form of anxiety that held me captive for five years during primary school. I was also a victim of bullying. I loved being creative, playing and performing but my nausea prevented me from being a ‘normal’ kid. However I never let my anxiety get the better of me. At the start of Grade six, I was able to overcome the condition which was a huge feat. It solidified my belief that anything is possible is you have self-belief.
In 2006 whilst I was in Year nine, I won a competition to be a part of Australia’s youngest all-girl pop group, Charmz. I was one of four girls – we were put together by Shock Records, Nickelodeon and Mattel (Barbie). It was an incredible experience, which allowed me to grow as a person whilst creating fun and uplifting music for a young audience. This opportunity opened my eyes to the world of performing arts and media, which I immediately felt drawn to.
During my VCE, I threw myself into musical theatre and also commenced my passion for radio, volunteering at a local community radio station whilst studying Media Industries: Radio Broadcasting. Even though I battled Chronic Fatigue in Year 12, I never allowed the condition to prevent me from pursuing my dreams. I just pushed through.
I then went onto study a Bachelor of Journalism. During this time I continued volunteering as a Friday Drive announcer at my local radio station. This opened a new on-air opportunity at Australia’s biggest community radio station at 89.9 LightFM in Melbourne. I began as a Weekend Announcer. This then led to me being their Breakfast Radio Producer (Lucy & Kel). During this time I was also their Traffic and Weather Reporter. My time at LightFM also included me hosting the station’s Saturday Best of Brekky Show and co-hosting their Saturday Night Party Mix, alongside radio virtuoso, Jimi Love.
During my time at LightFM I developed an auto-immune condition, Vitiligo. I’ve learnt to live with the condition and not let it bother me.
After LightFM, I embarked on a new opportunity, being a part of a start-up, where I was Deputy Editor of a bi-monthly online women’s magazine, I AM WOMAN. I worked alongside the team in creating themes, scouting talent, commissioning writers and of course editing all incoming content.
I AM WOMAN was a great experience and opened up a brand new door – enter digital communications and marketing. In September 2016 I became a freelance digital creative. One thing led to the next and I became the Creative Director of Miss Savvy, a boutique creative agency with clients in both Melbourne and Sydney, ranging from government bodies to sensational small businesses.
In April 2017 I launched The Promenade With Me Podcast. An offshoot of my blog, it’s a weekly show that aims to entertain and empower women. To discover the full story behind The Promenade With Me Podcast, you can hear it’s back story by tuning into my first episode.
My dream has always been to inspire others and share my story.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Gianna Lucas xx