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The Sydney Morning Herald

Career path

Author: Compiled by DAVID MEAGHER
Date: 12/06/1999
Words: 345
          Publication: Sydney Morning Herald
Section: Employment
Page: 1
Leah McLeod

Age? 28.

Position? Presenter of the (AO) Australian Only show on Foxtel's Channel V. And I'm currently appearing in the lead roles of The Dark Redemption, a short film inspired by Star Wars.

Qualifications?

I started in TV at Channel Nine in Adelaide, and worked on programs such as Out and About and Building Ideas. At the same time, I was on Triple M doing the midnight-to-dawn shift. I've also had a bit of training in acting at C For Casting.

What did you want to do when you grew up?

Basically what I'm doing now.

First full-time job?

A receptionist for an

advertising agency - I was hired because of my voice.

Ever been sacked?

Yes, many times. Once I was sacked from a job in a hotel because I couldn't get a decent head on a beer. Current job description?

I'm out and about filming what's new and exciting in the music industry. I go to see bands, watch the making of video clips and go behind the scenes on the making of CDs.

Your strengths?

Biting the bullet and just doing whatever I want to do.

Your weaknesses?

Without sounding arrogant, I never concentrated on the weakness side. I've always thought you can do anything if you set your mind to it.

Best part of the job?

Working with my mates. Having a stack of fun and learning the difference between good and bad TV.

Worst part of the job?

The hours are long.

Strangest thing you've had to do?

Dressing up like a giant M&M and walking down Rundle Mall in Adelaide.

Mentor or greatest inspiration?

Paul McDermott is pretty cool and so is Jay Leno.

Career ethic?

Work hard. Have fun. Always be ready to learn something new and don't be afraid of criticism.

Where will you be in 10-15 years' time?

Overseas, hosting a cool international music show.

Job you most covet?

MC Trey who is from Much Music in Canada. He has a show called Intimate & Interactive and he's so cool that bands pick him to

interview them.

 
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