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September 13, 2016

10 q's with Nicolle Hodges

Name: Nicolle Hodges
Work Title: Fashionable wordsmith, content creator, social media strategist, freelance writer, broadcaster and producer for CTV, Guest PR Coordinator for Jelly Marketing...I might be forgetting something. 
Hometown City: Grew up in Abbotsford, currently living in Vancouver

Work Life: I speak on TV, sometimes about the weather and sometimes about different events around the city. I write script for other people who also speak on TV. I write stories for print and online. I write press releases to pitch to other people to write stories for print and online. I help companies strategize how to optimize their social media or utilize influencer marketing. I participate in influencer marketing campaigns, occasionally. I work with brands to tell their story. I maintain a blog to tell my story. I sit alone in coffee shops for hours.

Q. Are you a Chai or Coffee kind of chick and why?
A. If I had to be a chick of anything, I suppose it would be coffee. Not necessarily out of choice, but more so based on survival and the need to stay awake for 13 hours a day. 

Q. If you were on a jet plane right now, where would you be headed? 
A. Probably somewhere with an abundance of pasta and an endless sky of stars. Maybe Tofino during storm season, with a personal chef and someone to read to me while I drink wine and wonder if I'm doing enough with my life. Or Italy. Italy is nice. 

Q. If a genie could grant you three wishes, what would they be? 
1. To never shave again.
2. To be refunded for all the money I've spent on phone bills.
3. For more wishes, obviously.   

Q. Tell us something that not everyone may know about you. 
A. That my goal is to own a hairless cat named Brain. 

Q. If you won the lottery at this very moment, what would your next move be?
A. Buy a well-diversified portfolio constructed primarily of blue-chip, North American equities, sprinkled with some exposure to emerging markets and a decent allocation to bonds. I would allow the magic of compounding to take effect over the next 30 years while I live off the interest. Maybe I'd buy blocks of gold and hide them away to hedge against the rampant inflation that I see coming over the next decade due to all the quantitative easing that's been going on.

Q. What motivated you to take on the world of broadcast journalism? 
A. I get restless if all my days look the same. I think this is where I'm supposed to say things like "I want to make a difference," or "tell stories," or "have a voice." But I think I would try to do those things in whatever occupation I chose, and you certainly don't have to be a journalist to do those things either. The honest answer is that I'm good at it and I figured that out when I was a kid. When I wrote I felt like I could hear music in my head, and it sounded wonderful when everything else sounded like blah, blah, blah. So I kept writing. And here I am, I guess. As for getting into broadcasting? It just seemed like the logical choice when forecasting the progression of the industry. Plus, it's a rush.

Q. If you could tell something to high school Nicolle about grown up Nicolle now, what would you say? 
A. You end up exactly where you're supposed to. Now finish that drink and stop talking to yourself in the mirror.

Q. What is one moment in your life that you're most proud of?
A. Any moment where I've completely followed my instincts and didn't think twice: volunteering in Africa, moving to New York to nanny, going to Greece to help with the refugee crisis, moving to Vancouver. Those are just things I did, though. I'm proud of letting myself fall in love, being a good sister, a good friend, accepting all that it means to me to be a woman.

Q. What is your all time favourite inspirational quote?
A. I'm highly impressionable so this changes often. For awhile it's been, "trust the timing of your life." But this quote was sent to me this week and I think it's hilarious: "Don't stay in bed unless you can make money in bed." 

Q. If you had to eat one meal consistently for the next week what would it be? 
A. Sushi, because I pretty much already do. 

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