How do you start your day?

I start with a stretch (to hit the snooze button a couple of times) just in case I’m in the middle of a really good dream, then I’m regimental with my fitness regime of one sit-up out of bed. I work shift work so I need to be up by 5am if I’m working dayshift so I pack fruit and snacks for breaky on the go and on my days off I have a mixed vegetable nutribullet and a cup of tea then I’m ready to combat emails, writing and pimping my paperback.

What quotation influenced your life?

I describe myself as a die tryin’ kinda gal so it would have to be:  “Never, never, never give up” Winston Churchill

How did you start your career?
My first job was as a drive through attendant in Mt Isa so I used the opportunity to try out my one liners on my captive drive-through audience.  One one-liner per shift! I only got caught out if someone returned for more stellar service. Sprung! Fast forward 8 years’ worth of dabbling and disillusionment in an array of dodgy jobs & a move to Townsville where I finally secured a job with a future. I’m sure it was the one liners I told in the interview that got me over the line. Even though the role wasn’t ideal, I could see opportunity and a career path and I figured I didn’t leave work smelling like a cooked chook. It gave me a foot in the door of the operational side of the male dominated mining industry and I was not giving in no matter what was thrown at me. At the time, the management team at work were incredibly supportive of me and the skills I learned became the foundation for my next role which would be in Perth a decade later working 6 days on then 6 days off allowing me to pursue my dream and goal of writing a book.

What was a defining moment of your life?

I was never big on public displays of affection when I was interested in someone, the only desire I had was for my man to walk beside me. I will never forget the day my now husband held my hand for the first time when we were dating. I knew at that very moment that I never wanted to let it go. We hadn’t even been dating a month and I knew he was the one for me.

How did you pick your career?
I was born in a mining town and saw men doing jobs that I knew I could do but wasn’t being given the same opportunity so I moved and created an opportunity out of the job I was offered. I also knew I wrote things that amused myself and made others laugh too so after years of collecting a portfolio of pearlers, I used the natural momentum and stress of moving interstate and leaving everything behind creates and I put that energy into writing my first book The Friday Night Debrief.

What inspires you daily?
Modern day David and Goliath victories, self-made success stories, people who take hold of opportunities that present themselves and the belief that anything is possible; except time travel …. and dreaming yourself skinny.

What was the hardest day of your life?
The day I moved from Townsville to Perth; seeing Mum cry at the airport plus my girlfriend had made me a slideshow of memories we’d shared that showcased all the highlights in my life while I lived in Townsville. I was silly enough to watch it that day. While I don’t recommend a 3kg weight loss via your eye ducts I’ll take whatever I can get!

How do you pass through stressful situations?
I try and assess things logically to find a solution to the root cause of the stress. Then I work out a timeline of when the shit-uation will end because there’s nothing like a light at the end of the tunnel, with or without a torch. I will always try and find a way to turn that negative situation into a positive one. For a final whoopatang moment of “Hoo-wahh! Take THAT stress!” I’ll make a joke up about it and cackle like a cartoon witch to myself.

What people influenced you the most?
Bethenny Frankel: Reality TV star, Author, self made mogul and creator of the “Skinnygirl” brand.
Paul Hogan: once a rigger on the Sydney Harbour Bridge to a comedian and independent film writer/actor/all round likeable Australian larrikin.
Deborra-Lee Furness: An internationally successful actress, passionate Australian and humanitarian for children worldwide.

What is the best book that you have ever read?
The best AND funniest book I have ever read is The Friday Night Debrief by Kylie Asmus. I recommend everyone with a pulse should own a copy. (In all honesty I’m not a book reader so out of the five books I’ve ever read and been made to read in my life, I chose mine because it still makes me laugh.)

Favourite Movie?
Crocodile Dundee for it’s down to earth Aussie sense of humour and the fact that it is the largest grossing independent movie of all time. A phenomenal achievement! Plus filming scenes at the Walkabout Creek Hotel was only 3hours away from my home town of Mount Isa so it was like Hollywood was within reach!

Best advice you would give someone?
Run your own race (preferably wearing the shoes you love), make yourself laugh as often as possible (especially at yourself) and tell ‘doubt’ to bugger off.

What advice would you give your younger self?
Independence is a strength and peace that money can’t buy.

Your friendship and time is wasted on those who will not offer the same in return.

Go with your gut when it tells you to make a dream a reality.

Amuse yourself whenever possible, because you can and because it’s contagious!

And instead of buying googley eyed glasses to share laughter, buy Google shares!

Kylie Asmus – Author


Twitter handle: Kylie Asmus @KylieFND