Posts Tagged ‘QT gold coast


It’s Opening Night! (It’s West Side Story but not as you know it!)


After just two preview performances, Sam’s West Side Story opens in Noosa tonight!




I’m excited! And exhausted! I’m even more exhausted just thinking about the rest of the day now, packing fabulous, comfortable gear ie (but sadly, no Harry Potter leggings in my collection yet!) and catching up on some things before I attend opening night, and then getting up before 5am to head to the Gold Coast for the Problogger Training Event (#PBEVENT) at QT GOLD COAST. Yes, I got me my roomie and we’re coming down! Of course, all the other delegates have been talking/blogging about this event for weeks but I haven’t had time to think about it! This morning I took a look at the schedule and planned to attend the following sessions, although who knows what will happen once I’m there and flitting about! It’s supposed to be all about brand, direction and monetisation at this stage…




Keynote – Darren Rowse


Launch Your Freelance Writing Career

Sunset Lounge 9:45am – 10:40am



Valerie Khoo and Kelly Exeter

Informal Q & A session focusing on using a blog to launch your freelance writing career. Opportunity to talk intimately with Valerie Khoo and Kelly Exeter. Bring along your questions and get ready to learn from the experts as well as attendees.


Morning Tea



Sunset Lounge 11:15am – 12:10pm


Informal Q & A session focusing on how to begin monetising your blog. Opportunity to talk with Tsh Oxenreider and Darren Rowse. Bring along your questions and get ready to learn from the experts as well as attendees.


The Step Changers

Pipeline Room 12:15pm – 1:10pm


Three successful bloggers share the turning points in their blogging journeys, from starting out to garnering large followings, site redesigns and making money from their blogs

  • covering different niches of travel / fashion / beauty / lifestyle – information will be relevant to all bloggers
  • content ideas that gather the most traffic
  • product design and learnings from launches
  • how to manage your time effectively on social media – knowing which platforms to focus on
  • Diversifying sources of income on your blog
  • how to work with brands
  • Networking – why networking in real life is so important




Creating Your First EBook

Pipeline Room 2:15pm – 3:10pm



The Fortune Cookie Principle

Sunset Room 2:15pm – 3:10pm



Reinventing Yourself

Pipeline Room 3:15pm – 4:10pm


What happens when you want to change direction?

Sometimes it feels like the Internet changes faster than you can blink. But sometimes you also feel like you’re stuck in a rut with your online presence. How do you know when it’s time for a change? Yes, change is risky—but it’s essential if you want to keep loving what you do. Tsh will share what she’s learned this past year when she massively changed her well-established brand, along with practical tools, ideas, and inspiration to help you reinvent your online space.


Afternoon Tea


Keynote – How to do What You Want – Clare Bowditch

Pipeline Room 4:45pm – 5:30pm

Hilton drinks and networking



Keynote – Living in the Now – Trey Ratcliff

Trey Ratcliff is a photographer, artist, writer and adventurer with over 10 million social media followers. Each day, Trey posts a new photo to his website,, which receives over half a million monthly page views. While those attributes now define who Trey is today, that wasn’t always the case. Trey will share some of the more traumatic and embarrassing stories from his past that helped shape his perspective on art and life; and how photography changed everything for him. You will be encouraged and inspired to make the most of your talents and passion right now.


Affiliate Marketing – Darren Rowse

Sunset Room 10:30am – 11:25am



Affiliate marketing – Darren Rowse will take you through the basics to earning revenue through affiliate marketing, then talk with a panel of experts on how to best make money with affiliate programs via your blog.


Morning Tea


Blogging to build your small business and your Brand

Sunset Room 12:00pm – 12:55pm


Blogging is a powerful yet low-cost way to position you as a leader on your industry, convert more customers and generate more revenue streams. This session will help you:

  • Map out a blueprint on your blogging strategy (depending on what stage you are at in business – new, growing, established)
  • Determine what your blog can achieve for your business
  • Find your “brand” voice
  • Tell your “power stories”
  • Figure out whether you should include video or audio podcasts (with clear take-away instructions on how to create them)
  • Leverage opportunities to write books and speaking opportunities
  • Build your audience and brand by connecting with other bloggers and influencers.




Video: Create, Edit, Publish

Sunset Room 2:00pm – 2:55pm


How to make video content on your iPhone / iPad and the key ingredients to making something people want to watch!
From filming tips to editing you can make something moving and informative with just your iPhone or iPad.


Google Analytics

Sunset Room 3:00pm – 3:55pm


If you’re not tracking it you can’t improve it. Google Analytics is more than page views, unique visitors and referral links. Find out how to setup your Google Analytics to track conversions, measure “assists” and work out how to make more money from your blog through science.


Afternoon Tea


Closing Remarks – Darren Rowse

Pipeline Room 4:30pm – 5:00pm



So. There you have it. My big plan for #PBEVENT! I’m hoping I can make some decisions about this blog and The Other Blog and be better able to schedule time for each, although that is something maybe no one can help me with! As long as there’s also some time over the weekend to settle poolside for a while…


If you missed a ticket you can attend VIRTUALLY (I’m not an affiliate, just thought you should know).


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Anyway, there’s a heap to do before that! We’ve enjoyed lots of local publicity already for West Side Story and for good reason – this show is something different! I saw the first preview on Tuesday night and I’m looking forward to seeing it run faster and slicker tonight! If you can still get a ticket (the season is more than 90% sold!), go see some of our newest talent taking to the stage alongside some of our most respected Sunshine Coast performers, including Frank Wilkie, Stephen Moore and Ian Mackellar. This is the most exciting Noosa Arts Theatre production since Influence and when everybody else is talking about it too you’ll be glad you didn’t miss it!


West Side Story opens tonight. Season continues 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28 at 7:30pm. Matinees 15 & 22 at 2pm and 28 at 1pm.Bookings online




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Grease Media Launch

Meredith spoke with Rob Mills, Lucy Maunder and Anthony Callea on Monday night! Sorry, it’s taken a couple of days to let you know…


What a start to the week! Poppy and I haven’t been 100% so this week turned into early holidays for her (poor honey, not much of a holiday so far!), and on Monday our dear friends, Min Swan & Grant Goodrum, brought their darling baby boy SMITH into the world! At home! With Midwife Mary! I tell you what, I met Mary and if any further baby craziness ever happens in our house, Mary will be the first second third to know! I know, it sounds like I was totally there but I didn’t meet Smith (or Mary) until 2pm this afternoon (and then I couldn’t leave!). And yes, I did mention Samantha’s SMITH (you knew I would!), which was a reference I hadn’t dared put across social media in case it was taken by others to be an insensitive, shallow comment! Yes! Judgement! On Faceboook! Yikes! If you’re a BIG fan (see what I did there?) of Sex and the City, you’ll understand that this reference is a compliment and, well, IF ONLY there were more SMITHS in the world!



Anyway, you know that life gets in the way sometimes, of deadlines and shows and press launches, etc so on Monday night it was our pleasure to send Meredith McLean to the Grease launch event at QPAC. I’m just going to take this opportunity to thank Meredith and Michelle, who between them, get to everything we don’t! What an amazing couple of gals, to be studying, working, teaching, keeping up with family and friends, taking time out for themselves AND taking the time to share with us their thoughts about what they see! THANK YOU GIRLS! Also, a big thank you too, to Andy, Matty, Emilie and Reb who have covered so much for us.


Look, it might seem like yesterday’s news here sometimes but as we continue to cover as much of the arts industry near us as we can, and work towards creating a website that looks the way we want it to, and works the way we want it to, we are still working. That’s right. If you’ve found us already on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest (with Pinterest currently proving to be the other other other work-in-progress), you may have noticed the occasional clue about our day jobs, and a heap about where we like to hang out and what we eat and drink too, because we are living, as much as we can, the entertainment lifestyle we love so much!


I was thinking about it again today, holding the baby and chatting away with Min for several hours; I was thinking, “Min, omg, you could totally blog all of this!” and at the same time I was thinking, “Or you could enjoy being with your brand new baby! Idiot!” (me not Min, obviously). If you’ve been with us for a while now, you will have noticed that we’ve lived this philosophy far longer than it’s taken me to realise it! Even if it’s a bit hit and miss, even if I feel guilty for delaying posting something that the girls have filed right after an event (sorry, girls!), I usually choose to live – and sometimes to sleep – first. That’s why you’re not seeing at the top there yet. That’s why you’re not seeing a full story about something here, despite the fleeting references about it via Twitter, or photos on Instagram. Seriously though, how good is Instagram?! (Social media is why I don’t have a manuscript yet!). But it’s all happening, eventually, and sometimes it’s when too much is happening that we feel nothing is getting done. WELCOME TO MY WORLD. I struggle with the focus part (and prioritising), but I’m trying harder to focus (and prioritise) here.


I’m excited about this year, not least because I’ll be attending Darren Rowse’s Problogger event (#PBEVENT) in September. I can’t wait to meet and to hear from a heap of the country’s best bloggers, at QT Gold Coast, where I have an OCEAN VIEW ROOM waiting to be shared with another blogger. Check this place out! Awesome! Of course, without a roomie I’ll need to do a few more days teaching or copy writing. Don’t get me wrong, I love the teaching and the writing, I’ll take it! But I’d love a roomie too! If you’ve snapped up an early bird ticket and no accommodation, or if you know you’ll secure a new release ticket in May and you’re interested in sharing a funky room with me that weekend (the same weekend as Sam’s West Side Story is opening at Noosa Arts Theatre… Sorry, honey!), let me know! I figure I have a few more weeks to play around with the website, and get serious about what the hell else I’m doing (monetising it, starting a new blog, writing a book, writing a thesis, whatever) before the conference in September. What do you think? Is that fair?


Otherwise, dear roomie, please give me a good shake and tell me, “NO! NO, NOT GOOD ENOUGH!”



Right. I’m glad I told you that. Actually, that’s just the half of it. But now here’s Meredith’s sneak peak at Grease as promised!




Exciting things are coming to QPAC this August! I’m sure you’ve heard the word but I just love saying it – Grease is the word. When the cast sang that number I couldn’t help smiling.


With a stellar and versatile cast coming there are some old favourites as well as rising stars. From the King of Television Bert Newton to the young (and cute) Anthony Callea. Legally Blonde’s Rob Mills is set to the play the lead of Danny Zuko. This is his first chance in a lead role too but I have a good feeling about him. Gretel Scarlett is rising in her first leading role too as Sandy. But see, I’m not surprised they’ve cast mostly new stars.



The way I see it, theatre is moving forward and it needs some new energy.



The new generations are stepping up the stage and I’m glad for it. Grease is such a classic and well-known musical that they simply can’t rest on the laurels of the show. The actors need to give it new life, and I think they will.


After seeing the promo and hearing the tunes I got to speak with some of the cast too. Anthony Callea was beaming when he talked about playing the role of Johnny Casino.


He mentioned at the press launch that he didn’t do much theatre and was actually rather selective of his roles. I asked him to elaborate and tell me why Grease made the grade. Anthony said, “I grew up with Grease…who hasn’t heard of it? The show is just so much fun. I get to play such a great role, and it’s really easy too (laughs) don’t tell anyone I said that.” (Sorry Anthony!).


Lucy Maunder gets to have the real fun as Rizzo in this production of Grease. Her main reflection on the show was that she can’t wait to dance again, even if it means getting fit. I asked her if she’s getting on with such a versatile range of stars and she replied “It’s been a great crew. Don’t you think Rob?”
Rob, who had been intently listening instantly jumped in and said, “I hate her.” Before laughing and kissing Lucy on the shoulder.

It’s easy to see there’s already a family unit growing with these guys. I hope that energy comes out on the stage. The night was so relaxed and welcoming. Champagne went around as well a costume contest for the best Pink Lady and T-Bird.


I was too shy to dress up but I did take note that there will be some fun group discounts for the show.


The premiere is not until 27th of August 2013 but the early bird specials are rolling out so get excited and get ready to book!



It’s time to dust off your leather jacket and your poodle skirts because Grease is on its way to Brisbane!