Interview with Benjamin Maio Mackay (@benjaminmaiomackay)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

When I was very young my parents took me to see Phantom of the Opera starring Anthony Warlow. I was riveted from the overture and from that moment knew I had to pursue a career in the arts.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

Interesting is a funny word, I’m not sure what I’d define as an interesting moment. Lots of very special and unique things have happened to me. Some of the most special moments have been interviewing people I admire, either on the radio or on stage. I think the most grateful I’ve ever felt was interviewing Elijah Wood on stage in Perth in front of hundreds of people. 

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?  

You have to pace yourself and know your limits. I’ve definitely overcommitted in the past and it’s not worth the repercussions. Make sure you use your diary well, learn to value your time, and become really good at estimating how long things will take to complete.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

Both my parents have been hugely supportive of my career and I’m very thankful to them. I have a wonderful support group of close friends who help me through the more difficult moments too – without them, I would’ve definitely struggled a whole lot more.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

During these COVID times, I’ve been doing some workshops and teaching younger people about various aspects of the creative industries. It’s been a joy to impart some “wisdom” (if you can call it that) onto younger generations and I can’t wait to see how they develop their own creative projects.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

My favourite quote is, “No, I don’t believe a life lived perfectly is the goal. A life that has produced scars and wrinkles and a heart open enough that’s bound to get broken a few times, that’s what I’m after.” – Armistead Maupin

I think it perfectly encapsulates how I want to live, I have so much respect for Maupin’s works.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

I’m on Instagram (benjaminmaiomackay), Twitter (@BenjaminMM_), Facebook (search Benjamin Maio Mackay and look for the verified checkmark) and you can also book me on Cameo!

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