The Last Word with Emer Dooris, marketing officer (digital), Grand Opera House Belfast
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS ROLE?
I’m just a newbie, five months, but I’ve been working in the entertainment industry for eight-plus years.
DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY?
Every day can vary so much when you work in theatre, but my typical day consists of lots of coffee and inspiration. I write copy, build webpages, compile marketing plans, track trends and review analytics. My job feeds both my creative and business drive. Some days I get to attend the shows (perk of the job). Outside of work, I blog on entertainment, lifestyle and arts, writing for my own blog emerdblog.com, Gigging NI and Culture hub. I’m very lucky to have some fantastic experiences. So basically, I have no such thing as a typical day.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?
Part time sales assistant in a local corner shop.
FAVOURITE TV SHOW: The Handmaid’s Tale/Game of Thrones (sorry I can’t choose one)
FAVOURITE FILM: Wizard of Oz/Gone with the Wind (sorry again)
FAVOURITE ALBUM CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: More a Spotify list person but I’m looking forward to the new 1975 album.
FAVOURITE BAND: Green Day
LAST BOOK READ: Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling, Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen
FAVOURITE CELEBRITY: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
FAVOURITE FOOD: Chocolate
FAVOURITE RESTAURANT: Hard to choose so many great restaurants at the moment, but Fratellis is my go to.
LAST HOTEL YOU STAYED AT: London House Hotel (highly recommend)
LAST BAR/NIGHTCLUB YOU VISITED: The National
FAVOURITE PLACE IN THE WORLD: Santa Monica
INDOOR CONCERT OR FESTIVAL: Festival
LAST HOLIDAY: Weekend in London
FAVOURITE HOT DRINK: Vanilla latte
FAVOURITE SOFT DRINK: Diet Coke
BEER OR CIDER: Cider
WHITE OR RED WINE: White wine
WHISKEY OR BRANDY: Whiskey
GIN OR VODKA: Vodka
COCKTAILS OR BUBBLY: Bubbly
WHAT FOUR PEOPLE WOULD YOU INVITE TO A DINNER PARTY?
Audrey Hepburn, Oprah, Billie Joe Armstrong, Joseph Gordon Levitt
ONE ITEM YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE OF YOUR LIFE?
Helena Bonham Carter
WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL JOB?
Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn!
THE MOST IMPORTANT LIFE LESSON YOU’VE LEARNT?
When you hit rock bottom, there’s only one way to go. When it rains, look for rainbows. When it’s dark, look for stars.
INSPIRATION IN YOUR LIFE?
My mum and dad; hardworking, honest, loving.
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