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On the road: Travel tips from creative leaders

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For those in the creative industries, regular travel is often simply a part of life. Travelling well is a skill that's elusive for many, so we asked some leading Australian creatives to share their top tips.


Paul Cutter, cinematographer

Paul Cutter ACS is an award-winning cinematographer, the director / DOP of Cyclops Films and Managing Director of the TV show The Healthy Chef. He's worked on campaigns for Sony, McDonalds and Qantas – to name a few, and has been the recipient of the prestigious Cannes Lion awards.

How do you avoid common work travel pitfalls?

I'm kind of lucky because most of my work these days is shooting with our company The Healthy Chef, so I get to travel with a chef and eat the food from the shoot, which is awesome. For those not shooting food, planning and preparation is key – travel with your favourite snacks, nuts, seeds and fruit, because it will help you get through until you get to sit down and have a decent meal.

What's your top tip for packing professional equipment?

I think most cameramen and photographers are quite particular about how they look after and pack their gear. But I did learn a good tip from a professional ice skater who was on tour with Disney on Ice some years ago who was a big fan of the rolling method. It seems to keep my clothes in order rather than just thrown in all over the place. It works for me.


Kat Elizabeth, actor and singer

Kat Elizabeth is a singer and actor who has starred in the musicals Jersey Boys and Hairspray, as well as a number of TV and films, including the upcoming show The Beta Testers, which will air in early 2018.

You have to move frequently for work – what's your top tip for a painless relocation?

I used to have to put so much in storage or pay for a removalist if I was moving long-term which is way too much effort and costs a lot. This year I've been working on downsizing so I have more of a 'capsule lifestyle' – meaning I live with the basics no matter where I am.


Harley Durst, stuntman

Harley Durst has been in the stuntindustry for over a decade and was a core stunt team member for the blockbuster films Wonder Woman and Thor: Ragnarok. Most recently he was cast as a creature in the upcoming Star Wars film, Solo.

How do you avoid common work travel pitfalls?

When on a touring show, take advantage of introductory offers from yoga studios and gyms. My favourite is Bikram Yoga because they will usually give you a week of use for the cost of a single session. My most important rule when travelling for work is to take the family wherever possible, whether it is for a week or a few months. It's always worth keeping the family together.

Any tips for packing your professional equipment?

I've used companies such as Pack & Send to transport my pad bag or any excess equipment, which isn't required immediately but was over my check-in allowance. It works out a lot cheaper than paying for excess baggage and is fully insured door-to-door.


Jody Lee Harris, actor

Originally from London, Jody has starred in leading independent films. Jody's credits include the Logie award winning show Utopia, as well as the films Desperate Pursuit and Evil of the Vampires.

How do you avoid common work travel pitfalls?

Stay hydrated and get enough sleep. Drink plenty of water before a shoot, on set and before bed. Making sure you get enough sleep not only keeps you feeling fresh and looking your best, but it will keep your memory sharp for delivering your lines.

Do you have any tips for packing regularly?

Think about the things you need to look, feel and be your best on the day or duration of the shoot. If you're flying long haul I recommend taking a little bottle of mist toner with you. Not only does it stop your face from drying out, it's a nice refresher when you're feeling a little hot and bothered.


Adrian Thomas, musician

Adrian Thomas is a Cairns-based country singer and musician who tours regularly across Australia. He was awarded Gympie Muster Emerging Artist in 2016. He is also an Indigenous Community Youth Coordinator graduate of the Australian Academy of Country Music.

What are your top tips as a muso frequently on the road?

Pack light. Boots for gigs, runners for hiking and thongs for everything else. Always bring a warm jumper regardless of the weather, as some places can be over 30 during the day and drop way down at night. Always have a jerry can in the boot, spare strings for your guitar and plenty of water. Loads of places in inland Australia get their water from bores and if you're not used to the taste it'll be painful!


Written by Drew Turney