Our Sidekick community is made up of people from all walks of life. Their backgrounds, their passions and their stories are part of what makes them so good at what they do. Bruno is an events veteran, worked at multiple Commonwealth games including the recent Gold Coast ones and is a Krav Maga specialist. Here is why he loves what he does.
Where were you working before you started Sidekicking?
I worked the last 4 months as a Venue Accreditation Manager during the Commonwealth Games in Cairns.
Tell us something unique about yourself
I practiced Krav Maga for seven years. This is a self defense technique created in Israel and used nowadays inside some of the most important military and special forces bodies. I spent 2 weeks training in Israel with The Great Masters and was able to visit some historical places in relation to the art including the grave of the creator (Imi Lichtenfeld) and understand how, why and where Krav Maga was created.
What was your first Sidekicking gig?
My first one was greeting guests during a James Bond Themed Christmas Party wearing a tuxedo.
Coolest thing you’ve done at Sidekicker?
For the first time, I learnt how to ‘build’ something in events such as a stand or a marquee, using tools like drills and hammers. I used to manage and coordinate the setting up of huge exhibitions but I have never had the hands on experience. Now, I have a more rounded experience in the event industry!
What was your first job?
I started a long time ago in 2002 as a Flight Attendant trainee for an airline company and my main role was to provide great customer service.
What do you hope to do in the future?
I moved recently to Australia and I’m still learning and discovering so many new skills. The future is a huge ‘question mark’ for me right now which is very exciting!
What did you want to be when you were younger?
I wanted to be a doctor (pediatrician) so I could help people.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone who wants to be a Sidekick?
Keep trying even if the first answer is no. Irregardless of the amount of experience you have here or in your home country, find a way to be accepted. This could mean going to volunteer at places to add to your experience – I always use these two premises for myself;
- 1 step backwards, 2 steps forward
- Be resilient
Why do you love what you do?
I think the first thing to do is love yourself, take pleasure in doing the simple little things and enjoy the ride. I love what I do because Sidekicker allows me to do all of those things!