Janna Richert

Janna Richert

When I’m not at work I spend my time… Being Co-Mum to our cheeky 1 and 3 year old girls.

The person that most influenced my decisions in life when I was younger was… I’m pretty sure I’m so indecisive that EVERYONE had some influence on me! However, creatively, I was definitely influenced by my high school photography teacher. She was the coolest, craziest woman I had ever met. Yes, she taught me to see the world differently, but what I now appreciate most is that she didn’t let me get away with anything and pushed me out of my comfort zone.

The last interesting book that I read was… ‘Where is the Green Sheep?’ You have to understand, I greatly dislike reading for my own pleasure. I do however read to the kids and this book kicks ass! It’s got really good scansion and rhyme, a thing that far too many kid’s books are lacking today.

My first job was… I started at 12 as kitchen dishwasher (boring). At 15 worked at my local movie theatre (now we’re getting somewhere), and then at 19 I got a gig at Universal Studios as a crowd controller on the tram tours. (Yippie I made it to Hollywood!) They paid me $5 an hour to wear the nastiest 100% polyester red and beige uniforms and safely load and unload star struck tourist. I only slammed 2 guest’s fingers in the door… and only one needed medical attention.

My guiltiest pleasure is… Watching baseball… man if I can get in a whole game – even in fast forward I am happy.

At school, I was known for… Primary school, I was the super shy tomboy. High school, I was the sporty girl who got on with everyone. Uni – ha! Didn’t go.

My favourite movie of all time is… It would have to be Star Wars. I was 8. It was the first big screen flick I can remember and it blew my mind. I’ve wanted to be Han Solo ever since.

I know it’s not cool but I love… Biting my nails. Very bad habit, almost as addictive as smoking but without the harmful side effects.

The person I most admire is… Anyone with children. Being a good parent is really bloody hard.

My friends say that I… Don’t see them enough… I blame the kids!

My hope for the future is that… The 3D movie phenomenon doesn’t last and my children learn to sleep in past 5am!