Gorkana Notes From Basecamp – April 10th 2014

1. What is your role at Gorkana?
I’m currently a Social Media Executive within the News Teams although I am also a Freelance Social Media Analyst. I just love Social Media!

2. What does your role entail day to day and what do you like most about it?
My day to day role varies a lot. My main aim is to maintain and update the database with blogs and bloggers alongside Ebun Adenipekun. What I like most about the job is talking to the bloggers and coming across really random blogs such as “Ginger and Proud”. Ebun and I have assigned sectors so it’s interesting to learn about things that I didn’t know about before such as Politics, Environment, Sport and Motor.

3. How would your colleagues describe you?
I’d imagine firstly it would be loud. It’s quite hard to answer what other people think about you so I asked them and they said that I’m flamboyant, theatrical, musical, bubbly, fun, happy, a ray of sunshine and entertaining.

4. What are your main passions outside of work?
Other than work, I like to enjoy life. It sounds like a cliché but it’s true. I like to be doing anything from drinking a cocktail in a bar to having a picnic in a random park. I love listening to music, I love to sing, I love to watch films and I love to write. At the moment my main passion is trying to learn the dance to ‘Let’s Have a Kiki’ by the Scissors Sisters, however as I have no rhythm at all except for a slightly bizarre Shakira-esque hip movement , it’s very hard.

5. What are your favourite films? Do you have any favourite directors?
I have a wide range of favourite films. My all time favourite film is Hairspray (I think I relate to her…a big girl trying to dance!) I could literally watch it on repeat for hours. Whereas my favourite serious film is Vivre sa vie (My Life to Live) by Jean-Luc Godard. I studied French and Spanish at University and had a few film modules so I really got into Jean-Luc Godard, Christophe Honoré, Jacques Demy, Pedro Almódovar and Jean-Pierre Jeunet films. I’ll be honest, anything that is either in French or Spanish or has a gay theme I’ll love. I’ve also recently enjoyed ‘Stranger by the Lake’ (L’inconnu du lac).

6. As well as working at Gorkana, you write freelance in your spare time. Which publications do you write for and are there any particular topics you write about?
I currently write for GT (Gay Times) in a section called ‘Letter From’ where I have gay men explain what it is really like to be gay in their country. I’ve been doing this since September 2012 and I love it. I love reading about the guys and learning new things about the countries they talk about. I also do some freelance work for TheGayUK where I interviewed Lewis Hancox who featured in Channel 4’s ‘My Transsexual Summer’. I’m trying to not be a one trick pony as I’m trying to build my portfolio, so if you know of any publications that are looking for freelancers, let me know.

7. You also like to sing. The last I heard you were about to find out whether you had joined the London Gay Men’s Chorus – did you make it?
I love to sing – anything from Celine Dion to Jay Z. However I particularly like disco classics like ‘Young Hearts Run Free’ or ‘I Say A Little Prayer’. I luckily did make it into the London Gay Men’s Chorus where I am a Tenor 2 and recently I was lucky enough to perform at the Southbank Centre where Sandi Toksvig renewed her vows. In the future we are performing at an event in June in Dublin called ‘Various Voices’, which to my understanding is a gay men’s chorus’s example of Eurovision. I’ve already been in contact with men from the New York Gay Men’s Chorus. Additionally I was also on Channel 4 for the ‘Our Gay Wedding’ show.

8. You are also an avid reader. Describe your favourite book to me.
I do love to read but I’m much more of a book collector. I love to have a book on display with lots of other books. It makes me feel smart! However some great books I’ve read include Mikey Walsh’s Gypsy Boy as well as Alan Carr’s autobiography. At University I had to read some French and Spanish literature and I really enjoyed La Vie Devant Soi by Romain Gary and Les Inséparables by Marie Nimier. However as I said, I much more enjoy having the book on display than read it. Yet, I’m trying slowly to get through my collection.

9. What is your typical weekend like?
At the moment my weekends are very busy. I tend to go out Friday night after work with friends from back home and then Saturday night I go out with my friends from the Chorus usually in Soho. On a Sundays, I usually spend my time at a Chorus rehearsal trying to learn the dance to Freedom which is harder than I initially thought. I also do my freelance social media analysis at the weekend.

10. What is your motto for life?
I don’t really have a motto but more of an outlook. I instead try to take any opportunity (within reason!) I’ve started to try and do things that scare me because in the end it is never as bad as I thought it initially would be. However I do have a quote on my phone that I like and it’s in French so it makes me feel clever: ‘L’homme n’est rien d’autre que ce qu’il se fait’ (Man is nothing other than what he makes of himself) which I think basically encompasses my ethos in life.

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