Q&A with Ali Darrington, Healesville High School work experience student

What is something people don’t know about you?

I play more than one instrument and I sing. I play a little guitar, violin, keyboard and the saxophone.

I always try to practice my singing whenever I can. When my dad comes and picks me up as soon as I’m in the car I put the radio on and we sing to every country or rock and roll song we know.

I also used to help my dad out in the shed with our 1928 A-Model Ford Roadster.

What has been your most memorable moment?

When I was around five or six I used to want to play soccer. I had never watched soccer – I just wanted to play it and I’m not sure why. I can remember my dad chasing me around the yard while I kicked the ball everywhere thinking that was how you played soccer.

I now know that it’s not, but after a while I didn’t want to play anymore.

What would your final meal be?

Pancakes with Frootloops with a lot of fruit and chocolate. A LOT OF FRUIT!

What event, past or present or future would you like to witness?

There is more than one event I would like to attend: Princess Diana’s death is a day I would like to have witnessed; the JFK assassination as well as the death of Marilyn Monroe; the hanging of Ned Kelly – and not just the hanging the whole lot; and Ted Bundy’s execution.

What is your favourite television show?

Friends. When I was around five or six I had a stay-at-home mum and my mum introduced me to the TV series.

What is your favourite book?

Last year in Year 9 I was reading a booked called Love, Simon and it’s about a guy coming out gay to his friends and family after being blackmailed. I loved the book so much that I read the second one called Leah on the Offbeat, which is about one of his best friend’s coming out bisexual. Both are really amazing books.

What is something you are looking forward to in the future?

Hopefully becoming a journalist, moving out and becoming independent are the three things I’m most looking forward to in the future.

Why did you choose to do work experience with the mail?

I knew I wanted to do something that involved journalism and what better way to do so then to contact your local Mail? My dad’s friend suggested I try the Mail News Group and my mum mentioned it a few times so I thought ‘why not?’

I thought it would give a good insight on what it means to be a journalist and what I would need and not need in school and what skills I’d need to be on this career path.

Which object that you’ve lost do you wish you still had?

My Hoodlums beanie! When my dad moved from Healesville he put my beanie in a bag of hats and while I was up at his house on the weekend we couldn’t find the bag. No bag, no beanie.

What have you learnt about what it takes to be a journalist?

A lot! You have to have people skills and be friendly for when you go meet people and interview them. You have to have the confidence to just show up, ask questions and take a few photos and people don’t realise that takes a lot to do. At times you go on a touchy subject and kind of have to go with your gut on if it’s a good time or not and if it’s a good question or not.

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