In 2004 a bold and generous decision to acknowledge initiative and passion saw my career rapidly change gears. At age 24, I was very fortunate to be Melbourne Fringe’s Creative Producer, working alongside some real legends of the Melbourne arts scene: Esther Anatolitis, Beau McCafferty, Ella Hinkley and Lucy Day, not to mention Richard Watts who was Chair at that time. The role allowed me the capacity to really define and explore my artistic interests, and I was able to curate some fantastic contemporary artists over a number of high profile interdisciplinary projects for public space. My 2010 collaboration with Martyn Coutts to produce Visible City was a definitive highlight: 11 exceptional artists working during and inside the Festival to create live art that made the city visible to its inhabitants. The project pushed everyone (including poor City of Melbourne staff who had to turn around events permits in less than a day); I look at it now and I am in awe of the far-reaching vision, the commitment to dialogue and the sheer volume of ideas that sprung forth. Melbourne Fringe is a very special organisation, that celebrates the value independent ideas bring to a city and its culture. It allows anyone inside it to define its primary meaning. What a brave, contemporary and provocative thing.