Spotlight on Kimberley Ellis
Cinema duty manager and proud MEAA member Kimberley Ellis describes her role at Greater Union as like "spinning plates". She chats to us about why she loves her role and why she feels so strongly about supporting unions.
What is your current role?
I’m a duty manager at Greater Union Cinemas.
Take me through a full day for you at work.
It can be so varied. We can go from cleaning cinemas, to hosting functions, to dealing with first aid emergencies in a few hours. Generally we open in the morning, deal with that first rush of customers and any issues involved with that, and once all the different areas are running it's a bit like spinning plates. I handle all the issues as they come in and in between, do the everyday administration.
How did you get started in the industry?
I saw Greater Union were hiring and thought it looked like a really interesting job. It has worked really well around study and has provided enough challenges to keep me interested through the years.
What are some of the best things about your job?
The staff. I get to work with over 100 different personalities from all stages and walks of life. I've met and befriended people I wouldn't have known otherwise and shared some really important life events with them.
What would be your advice for people wanting to get into the industry?
Be persistent. We have a huge foundation of entry level jobs so it's not difficult, you don't need years of experience or qualifications, but it is massively popular as part time job. If you have a good attitude and keep trying, you will get through and your work ethic will be recognised and appreciated.
Why is being a MEAA member important to you?
I've always been a union supporter. We would not have the working conditions we enjoy these days without the hard work and perseverance of all of our unions. I believe very strongly in supporting the system that supports the workers.