THERE ARE MANY REASONS WHY ABBY WAS INCLUDED IN MY ‘TOP NOVOCASTRIANS OF 2017’ LIST, WHICH YOU'RE ABOUT TO DISCOVER. HER PASSION FOR CREATING, WHETHER IT'S HER PODCAST OR HER MUSIC, IS A TRAIT THAT MAKES HER STAND OUT FROM OTHERS. COUPLED WITH HER AUTHENTICITY AND GENUINE DESIRE TO EMPOWER OTHERS, ABBY IS UNSTOPPABLE.
Tell me a bit about the Sisterhood of Soul podcast...
Sisterhood of Soul is a podcast that was created to empower young female-identifying folks and inspire them to be engaged in the world around them. We talk about issues ranging from Rihanna to the refugee crisis and everything in between, with guests from all over the place!
What made you want to start it? Where'd the idea come from?
During the monotonous train trips between Sydney and Newcastle, I began exploring the Podcasts app. I ended up falling in love with true-crime based shows like My Favourite Murder to more topical ones like Pretty For An Aboriginal and The Guilty Feminist. A lot of my friends were beginning to get into podcasts as well, but we found that there weren’t many that were created by young women, so I did it myself!
Can you explain your role in the Youth Parliament and what it was that sparked your interest in politics?
In 2016, I was the Member for Newcastle and the Premier of New South Wales in the NSW Youth Parliament. I was so lucky to be a part of such an incredible experience and met the most inspiring and interesting young people in NSW during my time. I was definitely more interested in the advocacy side of things for sure – there’s a really calculated side to party politics that I’m not interested in engaging in too much. We are so lucky in so many ways to be young Australians and are in an incredible position to make tangible change if we combine our unique skillsets with our passion and enthusiasm for issues we care about.
You're a Newy local but recently began studying and working in Sydney. What is it you're doing there?
I bloody adore Newcastle (to the occasional annoyance of my Sydney mates), but I was really keen on moving to Sydney after I finished school. I’m about to get into my second year of Media at UNSW in Kensington and also doing some work for Channel 7, moderating their social media pages, which has been an incredible experience.
On top of all of that you make music. What do you have planned for your music path?
Two of my favourite things in the world are going to see live music and writing my own songs. I’ve realised that in 2018 I want to put my heart and time and energy into the things that make me happiest, and that’s podcasting and music. At the time of writing, I am super terrified but incredibly excited because tonight I’m releasing my first original, ‘Skin Deep’, on triple j Unearthed. The ultimate path would be to keep working on putting out my own original music and performing it live to people who like it!
And when you do have time to spare, how do you spend it?
Going to the beach! Eating good food with good mates! Seeing live music! Watching Full House reruns on Netflix! Planning podcast interviews or trying to write songs!
Favourite podcasts (other than your own)?
Definitely My Favourite Murder! You can really tell that the hosts are genuinely passionate about true crime and they are so witty and hilarious. I just put it on in the car and drive around listening to it/wasting my money on petrol.
And lastly, what's your favourite thing about Newcastle?
Over my eighteen years living in Newy I’ve definitely compiled a pretty hefty list of nice places to eat good food (my personal favourite is a Harry’s Schnitty looking over Burwood Beach). But there’s just something about the people, how proud we are of living here and how much we love the place that makes Newcastle so bloody special.