My Melbourne with Tracey Claire

October 14 / 146

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Welcome to My Melbourne

I’m Daryl Holland and joining me today is Tracey Claire. Hi Tracey.

Hi Daryl. How are you?

Good thanks. What is your role at the University?

I’ve had a few titles over the years but I’m an administrative officer in the Film and Television School at the VCA.

How long have you been here?

I’ve been here 15 years.

That’s a long time. What does your role involve?

It’s very interactive with our students. We have a lot of sessional staff, including very important film industry people who are available perhaps one time during the year and we’ll contract them to come in and give a talk to our students. We have a rotating base of industry professionals all coming in – about 300 of them, I think. I’m busy looking after all of them.

Is it possible to describe a typical day?

There’s no typical day. You start your day trying to figure out what’s happened overnight. Have the police arrested any of our students for running around in the streets with guns because they forgot to get the correct permissions? Or has the fire brigade come because they’ve been filming in the studio when they forgot to isolate the fire detectors. It’s kind of fun. You never quite know what’s going to happen.

What is your favourite thing about working at the University?

I like being inspired by our students. Because I’m down at the Southbank campus it’s a bit like the movie Fame. There’s an arts school, there’s a music school and there’s a dance school and everyone meets together, and the cafeteria is a bit of a hub. It’s always exciting. There’s always a performance or an exhibition on every night of the week. It’s a pretty stimulating place to be.

What is your favourite place to go for a coffee or a bite to eat?

We don’t have a lot on our campus but we’re nestled right in the middle of the arts precinct so you don’t have to go far too find a whole lot of things. We recently had a new development on campus, called Lionel’s, and that’s in our Grant St theatre, and that’s my favourite place.

What is something that your colleagues might not know about you?

It’s funny you should mention that. I’ve just created an exhibition called Hidden Talents, and it’s about the thing that people don’t know about you. It is professional staff of the faculty at the VCA and MCM, and they all do something that’s a bit hidden. The exhibition, which is online, shows, perhaps, the guy from finance who plays guitar, and the lady from the student centre who’s a Lithuanian choir leader. There are people who do gardening, crochet, knitting, and painting, but they are all a bit hidden. You wouldn’t know that they do that. I’ve put together an exhibition. It is online. Search for  VCA Hidden Talents to find it. We had a celebration on Friday night and we all had a fantastic time.

That’s really great. We always like to find out what everyone’s up to and you’ve done it all in one hit.

Yes, I think we had about 20 staff participate and 50 people at the launch.

Thank you very much for joining me, Tracey. 

And that’s My Melbourne.

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