For­mer TV boss shares top ad­vice

Vic­to­ria Spack­man has some strong the­o­ries about meet­ings.

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FOR­MER Gib­son Group chief ex­ec­u­tive Vic­to­ria Spack­man has spent more than 15 years work­ing in film and tele­vi­sion and has been in­volved in theatre her whole life.

In 2016 she was made an Of­fi­cer of the New Zealand Or­der of Merit for her ser­vices to film, theatre and tele­vi­sion. We’ve re­cently opened the doors of Te Auaha New Zealand In­sti­tute of Cre­ativ­ity in Welling­ton and I’m lov­ing how our stu­dents and staff seem to be lov­ing it.

We’ve got dancers and bar­bers and jour­nal­ists and writ­ers and mu­si­cians and film­mak­ers and more all hang­ing out in the same build­ing, learn­ing and cre­at­ing. There’s an in­cred­i­ble buzz around the place.

We have a mid-year in­take of some cour­ses, so there will be still more peo­ple to join us through­out the year. Fab­u­lous friends, amaz­ing food and high-qual­ity sto­ries (not al­ways true sto­ries). If it’s not too cheesy, I’d say my part­ner Stu­art Coats.

He’s been a pro­fes­sional singer and per­former for 20plus years now. It’s a hard road and his cre­ativ­ity, per­se­ver­ance and pro­fes­sion­al­ism in­spire me every day.

He’s taken noth­ing for granted and he gives ev­ery­thing to his work. Re­cently I fell over on The Ter­race in Welling­ton on a de­cep­tively flat piece of foot­path. That was pretty em­bar­rass­ing. Do cats count? It’s prob­a­bly more ac­cu­rate to say that I am their pos­ses­sion.

My cats make me very happy. They hang out when I need them and they are al­ways there for a snug­gle and a purr.

They are quite chatty too, which is fun. In terms of tak­ing a leap of faith, buy­ing the Gib­son Group with a cou­ple of my col­leagues was a big step into the un­known.

We’ve done re­ally well with it and I’m super proud of all the great work the fan­tas­tic peo­ple there do, around the world in the screen and ex­hi­bi­tion sec­tors – they re­ally are ge­nius sto­ry­tellers. I’m full of life lessons. There is al­ways some­one who be­lieves in you, even when you don’t. Es­pe­cially when you don’t (it’s prob­a­bly me.)

This one is for when they’re a bit older: Never go to a meet­ing that can start with­out you. Most im­por­tantly: The only thing you can change is your­self. I’d be a full­time theatre direc­tor. It’s the best job in the world.

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