musician and actress Esther Stephens
Growing up I wanted to be… I had a brief period where I thought I might like to be a painter, but then my mother pointed out that I would have to sit alone in a boring studio all day and I realised she had a very good point. I think for most of my childhood I knew that I wanted to do something in the performing arts. My family was really musical and I grew up singing. The person who inspires me the most
is… My mother. She just continually exhibits such generosity, love and strength. I also admire her passion for adventure. She really exhibits that quality of living life to its fullest and making the most of her time. If I could change one thing about the
world it would be… I would love to see greater respect and tolerance for people’s differences across the board –
our religious freedoms, our different genders, and our different values. Respect and tolerance absolutely. My ideal winter night in is… An open fireplace, a roast cooking in the oven, my husband by my side drinking a good glass of red wine. Winter is my favourite season. The quality I admire the most in
others is… People who have a can-do attitude, who go out there and make things happen. I have a tendency to procrastinate and be a bit of a dreamer, so I really admire people like my husband who will just get on and make things happen. I’m not much of a daredevil, but…
I think the craziest thing I’ve ever done was up and move to Melbourne for four years. I spent most of my time travelling across the Tasman working in both New Zealand and Australia while still trying to maintain a relationship with the person who is now my husband. It was a rollercoaster and it was hard, but would I do it again? Absolutely. I am fortunate to have an amazing man who understands I have to do these things to work in a job that I love.