Maria Hackemann is a Creative Producer, Performer, and freelance Marketing Consultant. From Head to Toe in Berlin is a stand-alone cabaret show, bringing new life and humour to the traditional European cabaret chanson, ideal for intimate venues and studio theatre spaces. This sell out show featured at the Brighton Fringe Festival.
In your professional life, what is the single best thing about what you do?
As a worker with a portfolio of work I love the flexibility and the variety of creative activities, from training in personal and professional skills, freelance marketing, creative production and performing in cabaret. The areas I work in all complement each other and provide a great work-life balance. This year I have been able to put together a show for the Brighton Fringe festival in May and use my marketing skills to promote it, variety is the spice of life.
Do you have a creative hero / heroine and if so, why?
An interesting question. There are many people I admire including friends who also work in the creative industries. But most of all my hero is my father who has amazing and endless creative integrity. He has been a freelance sound recordist all his life and strives for excellence and quality in his work no matter what the odds.
What piece of advice do you wish you had been given at the beginning of your career?
Don't be put off by yours or other people's doubt and anxieties. Fear eats the soul.
If you hit a creative block, what is your top tip for getting through it?
Go for a run, play some favourite music, meet a friend for coffee, bake a cake or do some yoga.
And finally, for fun, if you were a shoe, what type of shoe would you be and why?
Ideally a comfortable one that didn't hurt my feet with an inner cork sole, but that still looked elegant and stylish. Perhaps something from Clark's (my favourite) and it would have to be red (my favourite colour).