#Powerwives is a monthly column where we feature women who inspire us. Marital status is completely irrelevant. The title is inspired by our founders November 2013 Toronto Life cover story. This month’s #powerwife is Lucy Eveleigh.
Originally from the UK, Lucy has lived in Canada on and off since 2001. She is an actress, an improviser and now the GM of the Toronto Fringe Festival with a life coaching business on the side.
Name: Lucy Eveleigh
Title: General Manager of the Toronto Fringe Festival
Handles across social media: @eveleigh_lucy on Twitter
Who is in your tribe? (family members, friends, partners)
My partner Faisal, our daughter Sloane, our two cats; Cledwyn & Lola and our gecko, Jackie. My family in the uk and my friends around the world.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I’m currently on maternity leave so my day is run by my new boss- a 3 month old.
What’s in your clutch?
Diapers and wet wipes! but if I am going out sans baby I always have lip balm, eye drops and hand cream.
Five things you can’t live without?
My family, books, theatre, trees and water.
How did you get your start?
I got a job as an assistant to the executive director at the pleasance theatre in London and Edinburgh and that’s when I realised I could have just as much satisfaction behind the scenes as I had done on the stage.
What sacrifices did you make?
I don’t think I have or maybe I just don’t think of life in those terms.
Tell us about a time you were challenged and you learned a lesson…
When I created and ran a festival in Montreal – it was one of the hardest times of my career but I learned the value of teamwork and how if you really want to achieve good things you have to surround yourself with great people.
How do you balance work and life? How do you feel about balance?
It’s one of my favourite words. As I got older I started to realize that it is the key to a happy life. Work hard and play hard – it’s crucial. I take my breaks when I can and I know how to relax but I work my ass off when I need to.
What inspires you?
I’m writing this from my home in somerset and I have to say I am inspired by the nature that surrounds me. Also conversation with good friends – I get most of my ideas that way.
What are you excited about right now?
So much, watching Sloane grow, developing my career and building my life coaching business. Getting back into running!
How do you unwind? What do you do on the weekend?
Go for brunch, hang with friends, watch Netflix!
Who is your hero?
I don’t have heroes – lots of people I admire but I think I am my own hero. I love my life!
What are you reading?
Her by Harriet Lane (it’s with my book club).
Most interesting people to follow on social media?
Comedians usually – I like a bit of Ricky Gervais.
Personal Mantra: Always be authentic.
Advice for women trying to get to where you are:
Keep asking questions and try everything.