Introduction to vegoutt-travel and me, Gemma Winchester
Dear Steemit friends, Gemma Winchester here, I have been apart of the Steemit community for about a month now. It is about time I share with you who I am. My name is Gemma Winchester and I was born and raised in Singapore, I lived there for 15 years before moving to my current home of Brisbane, Australia.
Growing up in Singapore, I was a water baby, always in the pool
Growing up in Singapore exposed me to a world diversely rich in culture from an early age. I had friends from all corners of the globe and it sparked a strong desire in me to travel. I love to learn about different cultures and experience them first hand. I have had such an incredible life of global travel so far and I have no intention of slowing down.
In primary school
When I first moved over to Australia, I pursued a career in hairdressing and makeup for television and film. The Australian migration act is designed in such a way that you have to choose between certain careers in order to stay in the country, a plumber, a mechanic or a hairdresser. As a girly girl, there really was only one option so I went with hairdressing. I quickly excelled in my career as a hair and makeup artist and won Hairdresser of the year in 2007 at the age of 17. I believe everything happens for a reason and working in the entertainment industry behind the scenes gave me a desire to be on stage.
I applied for a job at Movieworld, a theme park on the Gold Coast and started my journey as a performer. I absolutely loved entertaining and this is where my confidence really developed. After 4 years at MovieWorld both performing and doing hair and makeup, I applied to work on international cruise liners. Carnival Cruise Line accepted my application and I soon thereafter joined the company on one of their smallest ships sailing out of Tampa Bay, Florida as an entertainment host. I sailed across the Caribbean, Bahamas, South America and the USA. By this stage the travel bug had bitten and bitten hard. As a bonus since I enjoyed entertaining so much, I was promoted to comedy club manager on one of Carnival's most prestigious ships while getting to travel to some of the world's most exotic locations. It was an absolutely fantastic experience, an amazing company to work for and I would recommend anyone who has a desire to travel to try out a career on ships. After being at sea for 2 years, it was time to come home to Australia.
I started working as an on-stage performer at Aussieworld. One of the greatest things about this was that I learned how to sword fight. Learning choreographed performances was something new and exciting. The show was called "Pirate's Revenge" and how fitting after spending 2 years at sea. I performed there for a year then moved onto flying. I applied for a job as a flight attendant in 2016, this was sure to provoke the travel bug. I have since been travelling the world till this day.
A hairstyle from my winning collection
My name tags from my global travel jobs
So besides a deep seeded passion for travel, what else is there to know about me? I absolutely love watching the NFL and the WWE, seems a bit odd for a girly girl doesn't it? I did grow up with brothers so I attribute that to them. I love the Marvel universe and vintage muscle cars, the 67 Impala in particular is my favourite.
My brother Wayne and I
So, why is my account called vegoutt-travel? You're probably wondering. My love for animals has always been a defining trait. Every time I saw an animal, I just wanted to get to know it, they seemed so beautiful and loving. My bestfriends as a child were my dogs, now even as a 27 year old woman, my 3 dogs, Mango, Remy and Monkey are my bestfriends.
Lucky and I
Mango, Monkey and Remy
So it was no surprise when I grew up and became a Vegan, not just any Vegan but a Vegan activist and animal rights advocate. It was not until I rescued my chihuahua Monkey from a dog fighting ring in Brisbane that pushed me to actually do more than just rescue animals, but to start my own Vegan Animal Rescue Organisation, Vegoutt. To find out more about Monkey's story click on the video link below.
A link to Vegoutt's facebook page
Since launching Vegoutt officially just this year on July 8th 2017, I have been apart of some incredible Vegan events such as being a model for Farm Animal Rescue Australia and doing a live cooking demonstration and talk at Sea Shepherd's Stand Fast Festival. At Sea Shepherd's Stand Fast Festival on October 7th 2017, I launched the first of a 7 book series of Vegan cookbooks called "Vegoutt Monkey Bites Tastes of Asia" The book is available now on amazon.com on this link below
Wayne, myself and Monkey at Vegoutt's Launch
Modelling for Farm Animal Rescue
The artwork that was created from modelling for Farm Animal Rescue
Live cooking demonstration at Sea Shepherd's Stand Fast Festival
Link to purchase Monkey Bites cookbook
My vow is to do as little harm as possible while I occupy space on this incredibly beautiful planet. I am very lucky to share my passions with my brother Wayne Davies the founder of Spectrum Economics. He does talks and is in the process of currently developing a book with the working title of "Vegan Economics", please check him out in the links below.
Introduction to Spectrum Ecomomics on Steemit
I want to share with you my travels all across this incredible planet. I hope you enjoy my travels as I share them with you. Hopefully this blog has given you an insight into who I am and whats important to me. Thank you for reading and until next time Vegoutt Everybody!!