INDUSTRY PROFILES

Melissa Hoyer- Corona Light Speed Round

Melissa Hoyer- Corona Light Speed Round
Q. Have you been glued to the news or do you have corona fatigue? 
Being in the news world I can’t help but be riveted – I think I even know the times of each state premiers media conference off by heart! But fatigue has started to kick in as I think we are all looking forward to trying to regain some sense of normalcy into our work and personal lives. Starting to talk about positivity and how we will address our ‘new normal’ is really important.
Q. What’s the thing you’ve done during iso you normally wouldn’t do? 
Umm, get a dog! I had planned to do that but the timing of lockdown ended up being perfect (ok, there has to be some positive out of a pandemic!). Being able to spend ‘proper’ time with our gorgeous puppy Scout, as she gets the lay of the land and I try to teach her, has been fantastic. 
Q. Not showering for 3 days bingeing on Netflix, working from home while homeschooling a litter of kids or somewhere in between?
A whole lot of all - but I am homeschooling and picking up the poo of Scout (who featured as Fang’s newest friend last Friday!) instead. She certainly has given me a good early morning start routine but I am looking forward to her final immunisation then we can actually go for a proper walk.
Sometimes a shower won’t happen until late in the afternoon usually after all that pressing work stuff (I wish!), a series binge and decluttering another cupboard.
Q. Have you succumbed to Tiger King & banana bread?
I’ve succumbed to Tiger King and every other series possible! The closest thing to a banana is making a banana smoothie each morning.
Q. How many zoom meetings have you done?
Seemingly hundreds. Luckily I’ve bought a ring light extravaganza, which has been great for TV appearances, (really important) zoom meetings and recording video content, to bring some life back into my face, as it’s been a make-up free zone. I must admit, I did a live TV cross for Sunrise the other day still in plane navy QF cotton pyjamas & I just put a jacket on over the top. It’s all smoke and mirrors!
Q. What’s your favourite iso tipple?
To be honest, I’m not a huge home-alone drinker - although you’ve now got me thinking about a nice bottle of champagne or red this eve.
The odd vodka and soda or G&T has been consumed although my son is mastering his margarita technique, so he had to make a run to the bottle store for tequila! Have run out of everything, so that’s perhaps saying something!
Q. Best show you’ve binged on?
You name it, I’ve probably watched it.Loved Normal People & Afterlife2 on Netflix and am obsessed with I Know This Much Is True on Foxtel - but we can only watch one episode at a time which is killing me!
Q. Go-to industry peer who you’ve asked for advice or kept in close contact with to get through it all?
A whole lot of people to be honest, as I work with diverse media and marketing companies, so it has been important for my mental health and state of mind to keep in contact with them.
I love advice from my voice of reason, Sharyn Whitten, who is the Communications Director at News, with news.com.au under her remit.
Hooking into daily news stand-up meetings and talking and contacting people regularly to keep momentum going and not to feel ‘non-essential ’ - as many of us have been feeling like that during such an unprecedented time.
Q. Scariest conspiracy theory?
The Bill Gates and 5G scenario - please, and people actually believe it - and are still passing around these stupid stories on group chats and messages. It’s infuriating!
Q. Thing you’ve missed the most?
Just ‘seeing’ people. Fortunately, I really don’t mind my own company and zoom, WhatsApp groups and phone calls are always there to take the place of the real thing. It was great to see my family (and introduce the new furry family member to them) for Mother’s Day – that really was the happiest day I’ve had for a long time.
Q. Thing you’ve liked the most about it all?
That list is quite endless (see my story here) along with staying in the same clothes all day (sorry, not sorry), test-driving a compact Peugeot that I have been loaned, on quiet roads oh, and my nails have never been better as they have recovered from shellac!
Q. First thing you’ll do when we’re all free to do ANTHING again?
Have a huuuge drink and many laughs with my closest, proceeded by a mega facial at my go-to - Zecca in Alexandria - and some much-needed hair colour, pedi & mani and eyelash extensions. Ok, you asked for it Tiff!