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'Travel writing would be my alternative job'

Q&A: Jannine Waddell

Q: What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given?

A: Don't sweat the small stuff.

Q: What piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in business?  

A: You must have passion and then more passion, and offer to make the tea and coffee!

Q: What was your best business decision? 

A: To launch a television career for Irish national treasures, hoteliers John and Francis Brennan.

Q: If you weren't doing this job, what would be your other career? 

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A: I'd be a travel writer.

Q: What was your last holiday? Where are you going next?

A: At Easter I went to check up on my daughter who is currently on a gap year in Costa Rica.

It is a fabulous country and I now need a gap year.  Next holiday is to the Greek island of Lesbos with active holiday specialist Neilson (top tip for people with teenagers). Last year year there were 24 of us from Northern Ireland, and this year - 15 and counting. I could be a tour operator.

Q: What are your hobbies/interests? 

A: Food and wine, then the gym and yoga to make up for the food and wine!  

Q: What is your favourite sport and team? 

A: I get behind national events such as the rugby. I have two sons and with my husband they rule all the sport in our house and are avid Chelsea supporters.

Q: And have you ever played any sports? 

A: Not since school but I love boxing with my trainer - it's very good for stress. 

Q: If you enjoy reading, can you recommend a book?

A: The Minaturist by Jessie Burton.  I recently went to the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam to see the dolls' house the book was based on.

I belong to a book club which I attend when I can and it makes me read, which is very important.

Q: How would you describe your early life?

A: Happy - I had great parents.

Q: Have you any economic predictions?

A: With Brexit looming, who really knows...

Q: How would you assess your time in business with your company Waddell Media?

A: It is like being on a roller-coaster with lots of ups and downs and on balance more ups than downs.

I also have an amazing team of people who I work and laugh with.

Q: How do you sum up working in the TV/film production sector?

A: It isn't easy, you have to be prepared to work long hours and multi-task but you do get to meet some amazing people - and if you are lucky, travel the world.