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Monday
May112015

q&a with Cathy Martin

It is delightful to welcome Cathy Martin to the Salt and Sparkle q&a.  Cathy is dynamic, powerful, inspiring and interesting, not to mention very glamorous.  

The director of Belfast FASHIONWEEK and owner of CMPR, a media relations and events company. I first met Cathy when I interviewed her for a film I made for Channel 4 News several years ago, and since then it has been a pleasure to watch her success.  

During a lunch several years ago Cathy said to me, 'Nicky what are you doing for you, with your talents? You're doing a lot for others, but what are you doing for you?' At the time the comment slid into my head, and then stayed in my memory, gently nudging me to remember, I need to do things for me, with my talent.  

This short comment, during a quick lunch has been one of the most profound things anyone has said to me in my career. Thank you for that Cathy, and it is wonderful to interview you.

Cathy will soon be speaking at the Belfast Tedx at Stormont, she is a person worth listening to.

 

1.     Who are you, what’s it like being you ...

First and foremost I am a mummy to Valentina, a daughter to my lovely mum Mae, a sibling to six and a cousin to many. I’m also a colleague to Lucy, Leeza and Chris and a friend to quite a few people who are my rocks and my laughing partners in this wonderful thing we call life.

2.     Where are you from, where are you based ...

I’m from the Lisburn Road in Belfast, but I now live and work in Holywood, which I absolutely love. It is a wonderful community and a pretty place to live.

3.     Talk about your work ...

I have quite a few hats. First and foremost I am a PR consultant and advise clients across many sectors on promoting their businesses and projects. Secondly I own and manage Belfast FASHIONWEEK, which has been running for over ten years now.

4.       What are your future plans ...

I just want to be happy. Workwise, I have no ambitions for a massive company, I quite like being small and manageable – as well as personal.

5.     How do you find inspiration, who you are inspired by ...  

I find inspiration in hard working people, honest people, those who are respectful and those who are creative. I love nature and music as well as a well written piece of poetry or prose and I am a big fan of art and nature.

6.       Describe your space ... 

My workspace is very modern and fresh, open and contemporary, with bright artwork and lots of light and mirrors. My home is grey and more traditional with a large fireplace and lots of art and photographs.

7.     How are you feeling today ... 

I always feel happy and blessed. I have a lot to be thankful for.

8.     A non-negotiable in your life is ...

I dislike lies and thieves, secrets and disrespect.

9.       Most encouraging words you have ever heard ...

It’s nice to be nice.

10.    Your work life philosophy is ...

Work hard, play hard.

11.   What is your favourite smell ...  

I have many! Coffee – although I don’t drink it, and bread – although I don’t eat bread! I also love a rich chocolatey smell, and the cinnamon smell of Christmas, plus, lastly, I love the smell of faint aftershave on my other half’s neck.

12.   Who do you like to listen to, what’s playing just now ...

I listen to a lot of opera and classical music which would probably surprise people.

13.   Best meal and your favourite three ingredients ...

I love sea bass in butter and rock salt with fine green beans, broccoli, courgette or any other greens done in butter with a tiny bit of garlic. I could actually eat that most evenings for dinner!

14.  Three things or products that have changed your life...

Having my daughter Valentina has changed my life. But losing my daughter Rosie to stillbirth a few years before Valentina came along changed it much more. I had a very serious infection and in years gone by, probably would’ve died giving birth, so I am grateful for every day I’ve been given on this earth and have made some decisions recently to allow me to live this wonderful life to the full.

15.   How do you relax ...

I love to laugh in the company of good friends. We eat, drink and dance usually!

16.   What makes you happy, where’s your happy place ...

I love having fun with Valentina – at the park, in our home, wherever. But equally, I love being alone on a beach, reading a book and enjoying the warm sunshine, the breeze from the sea and the noises of nature.

17.   What is your favourite journey, where in the world would you like to visit ...  

I’d love to visit more of Asia… The mountains and cherry blossoms of Japan, plus the beaches and islands of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. I’d love to go back to Australia and sail the Whitsundays or snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef.

18.   What do you most value in your friends ...  

Loyalty, a sense of fun and adventure, plus they need to have a good ear. I talk a lot! And they also need to understand that my job means I won’t make every social occasion, but it can mean some fun ones for them!

19.   What are your favourite words, what are you reading, just now ...

I used to read at least a book a week, and then I became a mum. It’s harder now to read even a magazine at home, so I look forward to holidays and a blast of literature.

20.  Share some words of wisdom ...

Never cut what can be untied…

 Thank you for spending time at our place Cathy.  You can connect with Cathy on Twitter, Facebook andInstagram or check out her website.

That's it for now ...

Nics

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