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Carving out your creative career

Event Description


Want to get started on your creative career but don’t know where to begin? Come listen to some incredible speakers who have been in your shoes and carved out their creative careers in spectacular fashion.


The BiFrost Creative, alongside the University of Newcastle and the Roost Creative, invites you to a panel event and mixer exploring the first steps you can take towards your creative dream. Listen to some awesomely talented people and learn from their journeys then stick around for a casual chat. Meet the panellists and other audience members in the creative industries as we mingle and inspire each other.

Q Building, The University of Newcastle

16B Honeysuckle Drive Newcastle, NSW 2300

Friday, 3rd November

1:00 PM

Time and Date


Alex Morris


Writer and journalist, Alex uses her interviewing and communication skills to deliver accurate and interesting information to a broad audience. A familiar face around Newy, Alex has written for the Newcastle Museum, the Newcastle Herald and more. She’s also been a part of some giants in Newcastle’s creative industries including Headjam and, currently, Newcastle Afoot. If that wasn’t enough, Alex has made a career of organising and hosting events throughout Newcastle.

Benjamin Mathews

Ben is a Lecturer at the University of Newcastle, Australia, with a focus on transdisciplinary design and emerging technology, and how the two combined can help us respond to human problems. His work in the creative industries includes design planning and strategy; copywriting and editing; creative and brand consultancy; and market research, specialising in focus group facilitation.

Zana Kobayashi

Zana has over seven years of experience in the Arts and Culture sector including work involving event production, marketing & project management. From local grassroots organisations to the state government level. The desire to be a part of the changing cultural landscape of her hometown has been a driving force in the development of her career and she’s been a major part of Newcastle’s creative scene the entire time.

Tom Pahlow (Host)


Tom is a freelance writer and writing mentor. He has a bachelor's degree in Creative industries from the University of Newcastle and is a lover of all things creative. There are so many great creative ideas and businesses out there and Tom loves hearing about them. He loves any opportunity to be a cheerleader for anyone pursuing their dreams. A trait that led him to start The Bifrost Creative to support the creative industries in newy.

The BiFrost is the great rainbow bridge that connects Earth with the realm of the gods. We want to be that bridge and help creatives reach their dreams by providing access to information on the creative industries, facilitating practical outcomes and creating a space for creatives to connect. So that together, we can gather the knowledge of all those who have come before and share it with the next generation of creatives.

The Roost is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to create an environment and culture where creatives can develop their skills, explore new ground and grow their business or passion in the company of other creative minds and seasoned professionals.


Chromatic Festival and The University of Newcastle acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal Nation, Darkinjung Nation, Biripai Nation, Worimi Nation, Wonnarua Nation and Eora Nation. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.


Chromatic Festival and The University of Newcastle recognise that First Nations sovereignty was never ceded. This continent always was and always will be Aboriginal Land. 


We respect their cultural heritage, beliefs, and continuing relationship with the land, and recognise that they are the proud survivors of more than two hundred years of dispossession.

David McDonald


David McDonald is the senior sound designer and audio creative at the ABC's internal creative agency ABC Made. He was a radio producer at triple j for many years, has produced podcasts for the ABC and was also a founder of Jafflechutes the worlds first pop up float down sandwich restaurant. He grew up in Newcastle and started his creative career there in music. He's all for breaking down barriers between disciplines and trying to do things that people say you can't.  He recently became a Fellow of the Founding Lab of a new university in Linz Austria. He has a BA in Communications from the University of Newcastle.

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