Danielle has just started at Jumbla and has already hit the ground running as a producer. We love her enthusiasm, her lively personality and her tolerance for our sometimes questionable office music choices. Here’s a bit about our newest member of the Jumbla family!
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST EVER JOB?
Checkout attendant at Woolworths – many moons ago. In fact, it was so long ago that Woolies was still called Safeway.
WHAT JOBS HAVE YOU WORKED MORE RECENTLY?
I was the PA to the director of a video production company, and in my most recent role worked in account management and client services for an advertising agency.
WHAT DOES A PRODUCER DO
A producer holds the entire project together, ensuring everything runs smoothly; which gives the client the best bang for their buck! I’m basically the point of contact between client and creative. I make sure all the necessary information is communicated, that any hurdles are addressed and that all the client’s objectives are met.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT THIS GIG?
I love following the evolution of an idea: from its early formation right through to its final execution. I love that we’re able to help create something special out of thin air.
I also love that with Jumbla, there are a lot of concepts and briefs that come to us which might lack real zest – but then we get to help clients take their project to the next level, creatively. They may come to us with the simple desire to present information, but then the actual final product we deliver ends up being highly imaginative, as well as still being very informative.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR STRENGTHS?
This may sound weird, but I think I suit this job because I like being organised and ticking off boxes. It applies to my social life too. I already have a dress and playlist for my birthday party, which is in October. I started planning that in January.
THAT’S JUST WEIRD. SPEAKING OF WHICH, WHAT ARE SOME OTHER THINGS PEOPLE WOULDN’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I’ve been doing dance for 23 years! I do classical ballet, jazz and tap. I still compete with the same girls I’ve been dancing with since we were little kids – and I also do the occasional amateur dance production. It’s a great way to wind down and have fun. Winning trophies is also fun, although I’m not competitive in the Bring It On sense. At least, not since my teenage years…
Another fun fact is that my nephew is well-known AFL player Adam Treloar. He signed on to play with Collingwood this year, after 4 years with Greater Western Sydney. This is super exciting for me, as I’ve been a serious Pies supporter since childhood!
In 1990, at a function the day after they won the grand final, I touched the Premiership Cup with my hand and was spontaneously called on stage to sing the club theme song! I’ll never forget it. Nikki Webster, eat your heart out.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE JUMBLA WORK?
I really loved Polished Man. While the story is very sad, it raises awareness to such an important topic so effectively. I loved the use of the ‘storybook’ style. It really draws you into an innocent, fantastical environment. Then, when the darker elements are introduced, the stark contrast really makes the message hit home: that violence against children has no place in this world – a world that is meant to be magical, wonderful and safe.
Both the concept and execution of this video are brilliant: it really takes you on a journey. I was pleased to see it’s collected a whole bunch of awards.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR
I just really love black and white. Perhaps it’s a subliminal thing, given my footy club.
THAT’S NOT A COLOUR, AND EVEN IF IT WERE THAT WOULD BE TWO ANSWERS – THAT’S CHEATING.
Ok, maybe green.
Thank you Danielle for successfully answering all our questions! You have passed! (Since you love winning, we will we print a certificate you can hang next to your dance trophies).
Next time you’re in our studio, please say hello to Danielle and pass your commiserations regarding her choice of AFL team.