I’m Sonya Nemec and my Girl with the Edinburgh Tattoo blog contains views and reviews of all things cultural and political – local and international – with words of inspiration and encouragement posted regularly as well. There’s also health related stuff – so keep visiting, you may just find something you like.
I work as a creative partner and consultant with Lone Head Records. I specialise in independent publishing and advise on the whole process from artistic creation to promotion. Examples of my own work can be found on Amazon Kindle.
My other job is teaching English as a foreign/second language here in Edinburgh; mainly one-to-one but I do some volunteer classroom work as well. I’m currently working on a website dedicated to presenting my own Edinburgh-related ESOL material which hopefully will be useful to students and teachers alike.
I’m a great advocate of the Free Fringe which first came into my life five years ago; and in the years following I went on a bit of a Free Fringe viewing frenzy (you can check out my reviews elsewhere in this blog). I’ve scaled back considerably in 2017 though – due mainly to having other commitments but also suffering a touch of ‘Fringeschmerz’!
My heritage is Scottish/English on my mum’s side and Czech on my dad’s. She was born in Edinburgh, became a dancer and toured with ENSA; he was a mime-artist, contortionist and general clown who came from a long line of Czech Variety artists. They hooked up and toured the world in various shows. They also did their take on The Princess and the Frog – my mum was the beautiful princess and – yes – my dad was the frog, but he also turned into the handsome prince! After they settled down and raised me I took the opposite route of running away to join the circus or the theatre and instead embarked on a series of grey jobs and various paths of study.
However there is a happy beginning (not end) to my story as a few years ago I embraced my own motto: ‘Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think’ and started working for myself. Not always easy, but – like life – it’s better than the alternative!