Name: Laura Ann Bell

Position: Associate Editor

Year started: 2005

What was your first day like?

It was Halloween and I really considered showing up in costume. But I didn’t want Tina to think I was completely nuts. (At least not on the first day!)

Last thought before you get to work in the morning?

“What day is it?”

Best day ever at work?

Any day the magazine finally goes to press after many weeks of hard work, thought, creativity and exhaustion.

Worst day ever at work?

When the magazine arrives and there is a typo on the FRONT COVER! I will never live down our “commorative” issue.

Favourite part of the job?

Getting to be creative every day in all kinds of different ways. The job is always evolving and challenging me to be better in my chosen career.

Worst part of the job?

Never being satisfied.

What’s your best day?

Any day I get to sleep in past 6am.

What is one thing that people would be surprised to learn about you?

That I have a second-degree black belt in karate. And I once rode in the back of a police car. Wait, that’s two things…. But both are kinda surprising!

What was your first job ever?

Fixing lawnmowers. Paid $20 per motor. I was pretty good at it too!

What was your career ambition as a child?

When I was about 4-years-old my mom came down with the flu. To cheer her up, I coloured every page in my colouring book then glued them to all the furniture in the living room, thus creating my first art exhibit. I guess I was always meant to be an artist! Sorry Mom…

What type of student were you?

Complete overachiever. Getting a B was devastating.

Who was the most influential person in your life?

My college professor Jack Turnock who’s voice I can never seem to turn off in my head (“push it further”, “more contrast”, “keep going”). He’s the reason I’ll never be satisfied with anything I create. So, yeah, thanks for that.

What are you best known for?

I would love to say being an artist, but my sorority sisters would say being a terrible speller!

What’s your nickname?

Webster. Like the dictionary. See above.

What’s the best advice you have ever received?

“Believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see.” Thanks, Grandma. That one has served me well over the years.

What can you not live without?

Coffee.

If you had the political power, what would you do to improve Bermuda right now?

Make all education privately run but free and hire at least one professional counselor in every school who’s sole job is to seek out any child that is at risk for going off the rails and get them the immediate help they need. That and free Internet island-wide. It really bugs me that we have to pay for it.

 

What is your pick for BEST:

Restaurant: Flanagans for a casual family dinner, Harbourfront for great sushi

Coffee shop: Juice & Beans

Sweet treat: My sister’s chocolate truffles

Politician: Ha! I’ll have to get back to you on that one…

Local hotspot: My house. With a 3-year-old son all the action happens there.

Local tradition: Codfish cakes and hot cross buns on Good Friday

Local fare: Lobster at Blackhorse

Local character: My boss—have you met her?

Beach: Whale Bay—a hidden gem! Probably should have kept that one a secret…

Deal in Bermuda: Real estate

Thing about living in Bermuda: That I have childhood friends I can see whenever I like and my entire extended family are always only a short drive away. (Or is that the worst thing?)