‘Travel writing would be my alternative job’
Qwhat’s the best piece of business (or life) advice you’ve ever been given? Adon’t sweat the small stuff. Qwhat piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in business? Ayou must have passion and then more passion, and offer to make the tea and coffee! Qwhat was your best business decision? ATO launch a television career for Irish national treasures, hoteliers John and Francis Brennan. QIF you weren’t doing this job, what would be your other career? AI’D be a travel writer. Qwhat was your last holiday? Where are you going next? AAT 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 there were 24 of us from Northern Ireland, and this year — 15 and counting. I could be a tour operator. Qwhat
are your hobbies/ interests? Afood and wine, then the gym and yoga to make up for the food and wine! Qwhat
is your favourite sport and team? AI 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. Qand have you ever played any sports? Anot since school but I love boxing with my trainer — it’s very good for stress. QIF you enjoy reading, can you recommend a book? Athe 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. Qhow
would you describe your early life? Ahappy — I had great parents. Qhave you any economic predictions? Awith Brexit looming, who really knows... Qhow would you assess your time in business with your company Waddell Media? AIT 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. Qhow do you sum up working in the Tv/film production sector? AIT 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.
Jannine Waddell is going on an active family holiday to the island of Lesbos