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Chrisanthi Demos is the Managing Editor at The Weekend Edition, an experienced Publishing Editor with a established history of working in the marketing and advertising industry.
Tell us how you chose your profession, or did it choose you?
A little bit of both! I have always loved to write and I studied advertising with a dream of becoming a copywriter. While I was studying I discovered map magazine and instantly fell in love – I knew I wanted to be part of creating it. I was fortunate to get a job in the magazine’s advertising team not long after graduating. During my early time at map I took every opportunity to contribute to the editorial team and when we launched The Weekend Edition my role evolved to predominately focus on editorial.
How would you describe your style?
Laid-back, simple and classic.
If you had friends visit from out of town, tell us how you would spend the weekend?
We’d consult The Weekend Edition, of course! The weekend would definitely revolve around eating, with perhaps a show at The Fortitude Music Hall on Saturday night and ending with beers in the sun at Howard Smith Wharves on Sunday afternoon.
If you had the chance to redesign any building or landmark in the world, what would it be and why?
I wouldn’t necessarily redesign anything, but rather rebuild something that once existed. I would love to see a revival of some of Brisbane’s lost treasures, such as the Cloudland Ballroom, the Regent Theatre or the Bellevue Hotel.
What’s your favorite suburb of Brisbane and why?
I love West End – it’s a melting pot of cultures, styles and people.
What’s the strangest job you have ever had?
I worked as a medical receptionist – my tasks consisted of anything from filing patient records to assisting with minor procedures.
What is your favourite place in Brisbane to chill out and waste an afternoon?
Anywhere by the water, such as New Farm Park or River Quay Green, sprawled out on a picnic blanket
with a bottle of wine and a good cheese.
What building, anywhere in the world, would you most love to see inside?
Al-Khazneh in Petra.
If you were the “Boss of Brisbane”, what would be your first priority?
Where to start? Outside of the obvious environmental and economic issues our country is facing, it would be encouraging the people of Brisbane to get out and experience the exceptional city we live in, especially during the week and after 8.30pm. Our climate is perfect, our local produce is incredible and we are lucky to be home to some sensational restaurants … but they are empty at 9pm. It’s time to stay up late Brisbane!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Ten years older with a few more stamps on my passport.