In this weeks Face to Face, Rachael Everett tells us about her career to date, TV shows she’s bingeing on and how she became a cheerleader for the Sapphires.
Q1. Tell us about your journey into the media industry…
My journey into the media industry started when I was studying my Bachelor of Entertainment Industries at QUT back in Brissie. During my time there I got the chance to intern at Queensland Rugby League, presenting and producing a small show called ‘Living League’ with segments being posted onto their website and social media, and worked at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games as a Floor Manager for the Gymnastics event.
After graduating in 2018, it took me a while to land my first job in the industry however Seven decided to take a chance on me and I moved down to Sydney in April 2019 to start my first role as a Sales Coordinator. I’ll be coming onto two years on 29th April and I can definitely say it’s been a wild ride thus far.
Q2. What do you enjoy most about working at Seven?
What I most enjoy about working at Seven would be learning about all the behind the scenes action that takes place. From the programming to the client integrations, there is so much that goes on that doesn’t usually gets shown when bringing everything to life and witnessing that has been the best part about working here.
Q3. What’s the most exciting project you’ve worked on during your time here?
I would say the most exciting project I got to work on thus far was selling the AFL Grand Final back in 2019 when the GWS Giants were making their first appearance in the big dance. The sales floor was absolutely buzzing with deals to get as many clients possible to be a part of the action and we had the GWS Giants theme song playing to shout out any wins we had during the lead up.
I’m very much looking forward to the Olympics this year. To feel that excitement again this time on a much larger scale, cheering on our Aussies to get as many Gold medals as they can and get as many clients a part of the action as possible.
Q4. Are there any ad campaigns (any format) you’ve seen recently that have particularly stood out to you and why?
The MLA Summer Lamb Ad for this year I thought was very clever. Now that hopefully all the border closure wars are behind us, we can finally start looking back and laughing about what we had to go through during COVID last year. After all, the best medicine is laughter don’t you think!
Q5. A little birdy told us that you’re a cheerleader. How did that come about? Tell us more!
I grew up dancing from the age of three. Fun fact, I actually got the top mark in the state of Queensland back in 2016 for my Grade 8 CSTD Theatrical & Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) Exam and I also currently hold a Teacher’s Certificate in CSTD Jazz.
When I was 14, I took part in the Broncos Junior Cheer Squad (when they had one) and absolutely loved it. So, when I moved to Sydney, I was looking for something I could do to keep me fit and not cost a lot of money doing it. That’s when I thought about joining another NRL Cheer Squad to do just that, plus I get a free game of NRL nearly every week. I’m an avid NRL fan so to get the chance to be near the game in this capacity is the best experience you could ask for.
I auditioned for the Sapphires (Cheerleaders for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs) back in January 2020, right before the world went mad and after four hours and running well into the night, I got in! I’m currently in my 2nd year now and am considered a veteran and loving every minute of it. I managed to get on TV very briefly back in round two of this year when they were showing the Doggies run out (my starring moment if I say so myself).
Q6. What TV show are you currently binging on?
I’m currently re-watching ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ for the 10th time but I did love Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime. I sat and watched all two seasons in a weekend.
My other binge worthy shows include ‘The Office (US)’ and ‘Friends’ as well as watching ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ weekly ‘cause yes, I love my musicals.
Q7. Finally, what does a day off look like for you?
When I can, I like to go home to Brisbane and catch up with my friends and family up there.
If I don’t have the time (or budget) to fly home I’ll either usually use the day to catch up on my adulting jobs like cleaning and food prepping with a bit of couch relaxation time or I’ll use the opportunity to go out and about with friends and continue to explore Sydney and make the most of living here!