In my early 20’s, some well-timed career advice from Sir Richard Branson took me away from the friendly skies and propelled me to to produce high profile vintage styled events around the world including The Burlesque Ball, The Ruby Revue, Dr Sketchy’s Sydney and Bijou Cabaret.
During my 10 years as a theatre producer, I also acted as an agent for burlesque, circus and cabaret talent, placing them into as well as bespoke contracts for high-end clients such as the MoMA New York, Pacha Moscow.
In 2010 I formed The Bijou Group with a business partner, and went on to co-found the Miss Burlesque Australia pageant and judged the world-famous Miss Exotic World in Las Vegas.
Aside from my own work with The Bijou Group, I worked in my own time with iconic organisations such as Cirque Du Soleil, Spiegelworld, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras and bought exhibitions “to life” for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, and was Tour Manager for the controversial Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort.
During that time I attended business events, networking events and was bitterly disappointed. The speaker was always boring, the membership too expensive, and I always had to bring a friend, instead of going by myself. I had an obvious idea.
What if I created my own event? This time, focussing on attracting the right women, put them in the right space, and allow them to connect socially. If they hit it off, they would find a way to work together. I called it Business In Heels and after three events I was approached to license the event to another producer in Melbourne.
18 months later there were over 50 branches (now franchised) across Australia, New Zealand, Spain, United States, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Nepal, Canada and Thailand.
After selling Business in Heels in 2014 to a Franchisee, I chased a silly childhood dream to work on the radio. I redeemed every stored up favour, went to numerous courses and within a year commenced my time with Grant Broadcasters as Drive Announcer with Mix 104.9 in Darwin.
During my time in this role, I was soon helping other announcers with blogging, podcasting, social media. so after 12 months with the network, I ended up moving down south to Geelong, to a management role and overseeing the digital side of the business across 15 radio stations and 22 websites in my role as Online Content Manager VIC/SA.
Between 2014-2017 I completed a Diploma in Digital Content at AFTRS, numerous announcer courses and currently am completing my Bachelor of Digital Media at UniSA. I recently acquired my Google certification too.
Fast forward to today. I am working part-time for NewsCorp in a role I am loving and I run three businesses – Soar Collective (a professional women’s network), Darling Don’t Panic (a boutique wedding planning business) and also share my digital media knowledge via this business, Jac Bowie Digital, in a training, coaching or consulting capacity.