1. Why the Shark Tank?
The show has been in the USA and 24 other countries for over 10 years and is a huge success. What I love about the show is that it gives some of our most amazing inventors and entrepreneurs a chance to show what they have done. I was blown away by the talent of Australian inventions. We will see some of the most innovative and interesting products. I can’t wait for you to see it.
2. How do you feel about being labelled a ‘shark’?
Not that keen at the start, but I must say, sharks are beautiful, powerful creatures so it could be worse.
3. What’s involved in a day of shooting? Any behind the scenes goss?
The other sharks are great and very funny. I get to sit next to Andrew, who loves his daggy dad jokes, and Steve who is tough but very honest and down to earth. Naomi is a great chick and then there is John who is considered one of the good guys. The crew are some of the nicest people you could meet. The day starts with makeup and hair by my beautiful makeup artist Mimi, a quick breakfast and then you are straight into it. I get fussed over all day, so I do pity my husband when I get home as I am expecting the same treatment… I think I will get a reality check! The pitches each go for about an hour and we get to see their invention which is great. You’ll get to see just the interesting bits though. After taking their concept into consideration, we either make a deal or not.
4. What do you love about young entrepreneurs?
It is our future. Australians have invented the most amazing products in the past and we need to encourage the continuation of that.
5. Have any ideas that have been presented surprised you?
Heaps! The show has loads of surprises… you will just have to watch.
6. How do you juggle running Australia’s most loved juice bar and being on TV?
I have the best executive team who do all the heavy lifting. This allows me to focus on the branding and working with the digital team to grow this part of the business. The objective is to work smarter not harder.
7. What would your advice be to someone heading into the Shark Tank?
Know you numbers. If you are asking for someone to invest in your business, you need to do the research. Always be yourself.