Meet the Interchangers: Courtney Mason
Our in-house designer Courtney Mason applies an unprecedented sense of creativity and wit to the Interchange team.
With a desire to experience all things creative, Courtney packed up her life on the Gold Coast and called Melbourne home in 2014. She continued her studies at Swinburne University and graduated with a double degree in Communication Design and Marketing.
At Interchange, Courtney assists in the execution of creative concepts throughout the business and is responsible for the visual representation and styling of client programs. Courtney is also a member of the marketing team, contributing to content creation and distribution.
We sat down with Courtney to discuss her proudest achievements, what she likes most about her job and how she can still do The Worm to this day.
What is your favourite part of your job and why?
My favourite part of my job is knowing that our work does truly have a positive impact on organisational culture and employee wellbeing. It is an incredible feeling to be able to do what I love (design), know that my work is contributing to something much greater than simply selling a product.
Courtney’s office essentials: Rose flavoured water, cuticle butter and ColourPop highlight.
What do you think makes Interchange so unique?
Interchange is like no other place I have ever worked. The creative environment encourages unique ways of thinking, allowing us to produce solutions that are one of a kind. Everyone in the team has a different set of skills and are willing to share their knowledge in the field. I love working alongside such a talented and diverse group of people who are equally as passionate about what we do.
What are you most passionate about?
I feel most passionately about gender equality. I wish to one day live in a world where women are truly treated equally, and traditional gender roles and stereotypes are no longer cemented in our culture.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
If I’m not at work, there is a large chance that I will be in the gym, training for powerlifting, practising pole fitness, brunching around the inner north with my dog or watching RuPaul’s Drag Race with a spectacular cheese platter.
Courtney training for powerlifting.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was a very young child, I always wanted to be a vet. I was (and still am) obsessed with animals. However, I came to realise that simply possessing a love for animals probably wasn’t enough to get me through medical school. Especially since I didn’t have a speck of interest in biology or science in any way, shape or form.
What is your proudest accomplishment and why?
Well, I think I have two. My proudest professional accomplishment would be when I had about 4 months of experience working as a full-time designer and applied for a 3-month contract with NewsCorp. I thought this would be a fantastic opportunity, but I almost didn’t apply due to my lack of experience. After going back and forth, I finally submitted my application. I was invited to an interview and then was offered the job. I worked within the marketing team and designed ads for many national publications. I gained so much knowledge during my time there, and I am proud that I took the leap, despite my insecurities.
The second one is when I competed in my first sanctioned powerlifting competition, just a couple of months ago. For 3 years, I toyed with the idea of competing, but I never followed through with it as it required so much dedication. The idea of competing in front of so many spectators was also terrifying. After a lot of deliberation, I committed to the comp date, completed all of the training sessions leading up to it, and finished the day with PB’s on every lift. I couldn’t have asked for a better result.
What is one thing that you would never do again? Why not?
I would absolutely never EVER participate in a chilli eating competition again. I love chilli, I put it on absolutely everything I eat, even my dog’s name is chilli, but I severely overestimated my chilli eating abilities. I had no idea that it was possible for your vision to become temporarily blurry due to spice consumption.
Courtney’s dog Chilli, working hard at the Interchange office.
When you want to relax, what is your go-to?
My go-to relaxation method is to have the most luxurious bath on the planet. I always pick up a beautiful bath bomb from Lush, set up a TV show and sip on a glass of wine as I bathe my way to relaxation.
Do you have any hidden talents? How did you discover you had them?
Actually, I do! I can do The Worm from a handstand. I’m not sure how I discovered I could do it, I think I just tried it when I was a kid, and somehow I have been able to keep the skill. My other (not so hidden talent) is to attract parking fines.
Courtney checking the parking restrictions in Fitzroy, ahead of her inevitable fine.