Lydia is a freelance writer working between Sydney and Vancouver with a focus on feature writing, copywriting and content creation. She graduated from the department of Communication and Creative Industries at Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Communication: Theatre and Media.

With 10 years of working in various corners of the arts and entertainment arena, Lydia possesses an enduring enthusiasm for creativity. She’s frequently found writing about theatre, film, music, fashion and literature and also fervently covers pop-culture, current affairs, travel and lifestyle. With her primary career in pretending to be other people, Lydia has always been interested in the big ideas - our societies, our liberality and what it means to be human - you’ll be the first to know when she figures it all out.

In addition to her often anecdotal and (hopefully) humorous feature articles, Lydia produces focused and complementary brand contributions.

She’s also very good at writing in the third person.

For writing commissions, please contact lydiasarks@gmail.com


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At last! An Instagram account dedicated to 00s style staple, “jeans and a nice top”

It’s fail safe. Fool proof. Positively unimpeachable! For decades we have depended on this outfit recipe; the age old pairing of denim jeans and a going-out-top. And in my humble opinion, never has this formula flourished more than in the noughties. 2003 to be precise. Because I'm nothing if not passionately/weirdly meticulous about random topics that bear little to no consequence. 

I know what you’re thinking, “Sarks, why that year?”, “what happened that year that makes it your beacon of reference for this think piece about Levis and camisoles that nobody asked for?”

I’ll tell you why! Two words - no wait - one word, two letters - no wait… Never mind.

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#METOO: Year 2 - An Actor’s Perspective | www.audreyjournal.com.au | March 1, 2019

After a year of the mass movement to fight abuse, discrimination and the imbalance of power in the workplace, we are moving beyond marches, and hashtags and statement dress codes into a burgeoning era of respected workplace principles. It’s not in perfect working order just yet but we are well and truly on our way. Driven largely by the #MeToo and Time’s Up campaigns, we’re seeing this sweeping shift occur across all occupations. As an actor, I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time.

Thankfully, I’m within respectful, nurturing and safe workplaces now. I make it my priority to ensure this. But it was not always the case.


Imperfectly Perfect. A Mental Health Movement. | www.theatreartlife.com | January 21, 2019

Mental health has long been a sensitive and nuanced topic worldwide and with its devastating prevalence, it’s a subject that’s too close to home to ignore. While we continue to learn more about mental health every day and collectively work to dissolve the stigma that comes with it, we know the positive impact awareness can make. In order to spark conversation and connection, The Imperfectly Perfect campaign is using the faces and stories of well-known personalities.

The success of the campaign hinges on the idea that when public figures open up about their own challenges with mental health, it can help neutralise the inherent, albeit antiquated, shame attached to the issue and ignite important discussions. The campaign primarily focuses on well-known people within the entertainment industry and when its founder Glenn Marsden asked me to be involved, I didn’t hesitate.


Actor and Influencer: Do we have to be both? | www.theatreartlife.com | December 4, 2018

The internet is excellent. So excellent, some days, I’ll consume the entire thing twice. But, when it came through with the most game-changing vehicle for sharing content – social media, many of us whose works exist exclusively in the public eye were immediately implicated. In film and television, when once social media played a supporting part, lately it seems the marketing medium is on a steady rise to a leading role. Often the social media platforms of a project’s cast become key to the overall promotional strategy. So, just how important are “followers” to an actor?

The short answer is they’re not. Not if we’re looking at the pure craft of the profession. Sure, we need an audience – but if the work is good, they’ll come. We don’t ever need Instagram or Facebook or Twitter to do what we do. But, by the spirit of Shakespeare, in 2018 – it helps.


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Travel in The Upside  |  The Upside Life blog  |  December 16, 2016

We all know The Upside cater perfectly to life on the go and that doesn't stop at the day-to-day. At this time of year, many of us are packing a bag and beelining for family, friends and well-earned holidays. Recently, I took a little half work/half leisure trip overseas and with the help of The Upside, I was sitting pretty on board the hassle-free transit train with pieces that not only look good, they're easy to care for, comfortable and versatile enough to take you to different destinations and occasions with ease. As your (self-appointed) expert travel wardrobe road-tester, here are some reasons why I'll now pack my passport, activewear, rest of my wardrobe - in that order. 


 

How to mix up your Swimwear with The Upside  |  The Upside Life blog  |  October 31, 2016

At this time of year, we’re all in hot pursuit of Summer and if you’re like me, you’ve already started thinking about your swimwear collection. Residing in the Bondi bubble, I live in swimwear and I’m always looking for new ways to mix it up. In the warmer months, I’m out of the house early and I usually don’t return until dark. A lot of outings are multi-purpose; brunch with friends, a workout, grocery shopping, a few appointments and of course, a swim (or two) in the ocean. But suiting up for all occasions can be tricky and while the concept of beach to street dressing isn’t a new one, it can still be challenging.

Enter THE UPSIDE, with some fresh pieces to take you effortlessly from beach to Barre Body to brunch to the beautician all in the one outfit. Here’s two big reasons The Upside scores an A+ in versatile, practical and stylish active wear.


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Why a Paddleboard Is The Next Spring accessory  | The Upside Life blog  |  October 6, 2016

Spring is here. The sun is beaming and seducing us to get out and enjoy the rays. If you’re like me, you love nothing more than an active sunny day by the ocean. And if, like me, you’re a total daisy when it comes to diving in to cold water, some days swimming is on standby for warmer water temps. So, in the meantime, a great way to get out on the water and in to the sunshine without the chill factor, is to take to a paddleboard.

A combination of surfing and kayaking, stand up paddling (SUP) is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world. It’s been around in some form or another for centuries, with ancient echoes of very traditional forms of ocean locomotion. Humans have been paddling watercraft while standing for eons but the Hawaiians pioneered stand up paddling for fun. It was made popular in the ‘60s by the Waikiki Beach Boys of Oahu and it’s been on the rise ever since.

In addition to being fun, social and satisfying our ocean cravings, stand up paddling comes complete with a side of full. body. workout. The sport summons core-strength, cardio fitness, balance and flexibility with very little impact. Couple these benefits with the fact that it’s suitable for all ages and fitness levels, and you can see why it’s so popular.

I visited Terry McDermott from Watsons Bay Stand Up Paddling (WATSSUP) for a morning paddle and to get 5 hot tips on how you can become just as addicted as me to this booming beachside craze.


R U OK? Day with Ambassador Tanya Hennessey  |  The Upside Life blog  |  September 7, 2016

September 8th is R U OK? Day. Almost eight Australians take their own lives every day. It’s a devastating statistic. Mental health and suicide is a sensitive and nuanced topic worldwide. But as complex as the issue is, so many of us have been touched by it in our own lives. Whether it’s concerned ourselves or someone we know, this subject is too close to home to ignore. R U OK?  encourages us to take the time to ask someone if they’re ok and listen as a first step to combating this epidemic.

R U OK? aims to create a conversation movement. Through the simple act of meaningful communication, we can unlock the immense power of connection. It’s here that we’ve taken a big step to helping someone in need and it can mean more to them than you’ll know.

I sat down with radio host, comedian and R U OK? Ambassador Tanya Hennessy to discuss the cause and what it means to her.