Monday, August 31, 2015

Loud Lady of the Month: Interview with Blog Contributor Kerry Hishon

1. Please start by telling us a little bit about yourself, your blog and your job!

My name is Kerry Hishon and I blog at about all things theatre and travel-related, with a dash of personal posts mixed in. I love all things theatre – acting, directing, stage combat, playwriting, being an audience member – and I even got married in a theatre. I have been working at Original Kids Theatre Company for the past five years as a youth theatre director, and I’m also the office manager during the day. I am passionate about youth theatre and education, and I love teaching in a way that makes concepts accessible and fun.

2. Can you tell us what your favorite things are about your part of Ontario, and what we can expect if we visit you someday?

Southwestern Ontario has a lot of great culture and fun things to do, and most are within a two-hour drive. There are lots of great professional theatres in the area, including the Stratford Festival, the Shaw Festival (Niagara on the Lake), the Grand Theatre here in London, Port Stanley Festival Theatre, and of course all the great professional theatre in Toronto. There’s also a wonderfully thriving community theatre scene in London, with new companies and shows popping up all over the place!

Summertime in Ontario is particularly great because there are lots of beautiful areas to go camping (Grand Bend, Rondeau Provincial Park, Wildwood… there are TONS more), beaches, and lots of touristy things to do, like Canada’s Wonderland, which is a big rollercoaster theme park. I also like going to Toronto to watch the Toronto Blue Jays play baseball. It’s not all igloos and hockey up here in Canada. ;)

3. Do you have any tips for your fellow bloggers? What's your favorite equipment to use for your projects?

Keep at it. Do something every day for your blog, whether it’s taking new photos, planning a new post, tweeting archival content or fixing a spelling mistake. Don’t expect to be an overnight success – those “overnight successes” you hear about are the result of SO MUCH hard work.

To be honest, I’m a very low-tech blogger – I don’t even own a proper digital camera. I definitely need to invest in one. I take all my photos with my iPhone 4S (I know, right?) and edit them on my phone using the app PicLab, which I love. I also like making cute photo montage videos with the Flipagram app. Buffer is useful for pre-scheduling social media posts to go live whenever you want.

4. What are your other hobbies and passions outside of blogging?

Well, if you couldn’t guess, I like theatre a lot! I also love crafting (particularly knitting), travelling with my husband, watching movies, reading, journaling (I’m obsessed with notebooks), and being a sword geek. I love nerdy stuff like Renaissance festivals, Medieval Times, Star Wars and pirates. My husband bought me the sword of the Dread Pirate Roberts (from Princess Bride) for my 30th birthday, and it was one of the best gifts I’ve ever received!

5. What are your future plans in business and in life?

In business – wow, I have so many. Ultimately I would love to travel for a living, or at least be location-independent. I want to write and publish a book. I want to publish my youth theatre plays. I want to make YouTube videos (well, I should probably start with just making one!). I definitely want to travel more, and I want to have a family someday too!

6. What's your favorite thing about the internet world? What's your biggest challenge?

I love the community and the ability to make and maintain friendships with like-minded people around the world, as well as the instant access to so much information! My biggest challenge is getting sucked into endless surfing and over-consumption of time-wasting content, like gossip websites and viral videos – they’re great in small amounts, but it’s so tempting to “just watch one more video” or “read one more Buzzfeed article” and then you realize that three hours have passed and you’ve gotten nothing done. It’s also really easy to get caught up in negativity – it’s so easy to be anonymous and nasty and that doesn’t benefit anyone or anything.

7. What's your personal philosophy or belief system?

Work hard and be a good person. Treat others the way you wish to be treated. Every experience in your life, whether positive or negative, is an opportunity to learn.

8. What do you love most about being part of the Loud Ladies community?

I love the energy and enthusiasm of the ladies in the community, and the willingness to help you out with what you need, whether it’s honest feedback, encouragement, pointing you in the right direction, cheering you on, or a (metaphorical) kick in the butt!

9. What's the most important lesson you've ever learned in life?

I’m still learning every day. But an important one would probably be, don’t worry so much about what other people think of you. They’re all too busy worrying about what other people think of them.

10. What song do we all need to listen to... right now!?

Right now I’m really into Taylor Swift’s 1989 album, Kim Boekbinder’s The Infinite Minute, and basically everything Pentatonix has ever done. I’m obsessed! Their cover of “Cheerleader” just came out, and it’s awesome.

Check out our other interviews here and say hi to the rest of our team here.
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