My name is Jen Mackie, but on the internet, I choose to go by the alias of Incredijen. I probably could have gone with Jencredible, but I didn't think of that until much too late.
I'm hitting the road for the next twelve months, or until my money runs out - which ever comes first. Or if I change my mind. Stay tuned to my blog for updates - anything from my thoughts on being 30 and staying in hostels, to what's keeping me up at night (Mosquitos the size of greyhounds? Explosive diarrhoea? The fear of failure?). I'm expecting mainly just my mum will read it, and possibly heaps of luxury resorts that want to pay me to stay there and write about them. But mainly my mum. (Seriously though, feel free to get in touch if you'd like me to write anything for you.)
Before deciding to leave Sydney, I spent two and a half years working for CX Lavender, a customer focused advertising agency. In my time there I came in the top 10 of Award School. I mainly worked on clients in telecommunications, government, banking and not-for-profit.
Through my study with Improv Theatre Sydney, I've established myself in the thriving improv community as both a performer, as well as the helping ITS develop their corporate programs. With my troupe Boy Girl (and my comedy partner Mikey Fitz), we hit the big time in 2017 making the ITS Smackdown Finals. I'll be heading to iO for the 5-week Summer Intensive Improv Comedy programme in July 2018- keep an eye on the blog for updates on how that's going!
In 2015 I graduated from QUT with an MBA majoring in Strategy. Getting my masters in 18 months was a challenge, but it allowed me the time to think about what I'd done in my career so far, and where I wanted it to go. I love making big changes, and throwing myself into the deep end.
I have turned my hand to several different crafts over the years. I've pursued many creative paths, from performing on stage in Butoh shows, devising award winning clown promenades, to getting through to the state semi-finals for a national stand-up comedy competition. I was also selected to be part of the Traverse 50, a world wide search for outstanding emerging playwrights.
I decided that I while I wanted the creative arts to always be a part of my life, I wanted something else to be my bread and butter. I craved a structure, at least so I had something to push against. So I moved into working for some of the best performing arts festivals in the world.
I have worked at Melbourne Fringe, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Adelaide Fringe and Sydney Festival, in all kinds of capacities. I have lead teams of Arts Industry associates, planned and delivered events projects, worked in box offices, managed artist relationships and experiences, as well as overseeing marketing campaigns in both the digital realm and IRL.
But for now, it's just roaming the world until I'm ready to stop.