Introduce us to Lisa; talk to us about your career in the media and what lead you to where you are now.
I began my career in women’s lifestyle publishing at ACP Magazines (now Bauer) in magazines. I worked for many years as a beauty and lifestyle editor before moving over to Allure Media to launch the U.S. digital media brand Byrdie in Australia as the site's editor. From there, my focus has shifted to Call Time On Melanoma as well as consulting and content creation. Every job experience I’ve had, has in some way, shaped what I do now.
Particularly in Australia, with one of the highest rates of diagnosed Skin Cancer In the world, the topic of sun safety is always prevalent; talk to us about Call Time on Melanoma, how did it start and what is the philosophy behind the initiative?
My friend Natalie Fornasier was diagnosed with advanced melanoma in 2018 at the age of 24. (It was her second diagnosis, having been first diagnosed at just 20. She has since been diagnosed a third time.) Learning about what she was going through, coupled with my shock at discovering that melanoma is the single most common cancer in young Australians, prompted me to create CTOM. It is a resource for young women (and everyone) to find what they need to practice sun safety. So far, there have been more than ten women who have found in-situ melanomas through professional skin checks booked after discovering @calltimeonmelanoma. The CTOM community are the most brilliant, engaged group of individuals, and together we're driving real change in sun safety attitudes and behaviours.
What is your hope for Call Time On Melanoma in the future?
Ultimately, that it will contribute to achieving zero deaths from melanoma in this country.
As a busy working woman and mother of a young toddler; I appreciate that you have a lot to juggle; what does a typical workday look like for you?
There is no typical workday! Depending on what my husband and I have on respectively, we might drop our son off at daycare then grab a coffee together or do breakfast at home as a family. After that, I could be styling and shooting, attending an event or working from home. I try to find time to go for a walk with a podcast when I can to get some exercise in. When it's time to collect our son, we take him to the park, the pool or the beach to play most days. Then it's home for dinner and bed. When he's asleep, my laptop often comes out again.
How would you describe your personal style?
Tomboyish. I favour oversized shapes, lots of shirting and a fairly neutral colour palette.
Whose style do you most admire and why?
At the moment I am very into Pernille Teisbaek, Chloe Sevigny and Harry Styles.
Two for the road
- What are you reading right now?
- What are you listening to right now?
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