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Cork Profile: Stefanie Preissner, screenwriter/author

Wednesday, 11th October, 2017 4:34pm

Name and position: Stefanie Preissner, screenwriter/author

Age: 29

Lives: Dublin

Pets: Allergic

Favourite thing about Cork: The English Market

Least favourite thing about Cork: The dampness

One thing you’d change about Cork: The amount of traffic lights. 


When you were small, what did you want to be as a grown-up?

When I was younger I wanted to be the first female Garda Commissioner.

Tell us about your career progression to your role today:

I studied drama in UCC, then trained as an actor. When I realised people weren’t queuing up to cast me in their films and plays, I started to write for myself.

What is the most enjoyable aspect of what you do?

Being alone at my desk at 5am when everyone is still asleep. The fact that by 9am I’ve had my say at a time when I don’t have to shout too loud to be heard.

What motivates you?

The fact that I’m never satisfied. I’ve pushed happiness onto the horizon of success, so I’m always chasing the next thing… I guess it’s just ambition.

What advice would you give your 15-year-old self?

Oh I wouldn’t waste my breath. My 15-year-old self hated being given advice by anyone.

If you weren’t in the job you have, what would you be doing?

Not trying to be the Garda Commissioner anyway!

Who has had the biggest influence on you in your life?

My mam and my nana. I’m acutely aware how fortunate I am to have been raised by such strong women.

How do you switch off?

I kickbox.

What is your favourite Cork memory?

Saturdays in Waterstones, being allowed to get a book so my mam could get her hair done in Darcy’s without me annoying her.

What is your favourite place in Cork?

My mam’s sitting room, in Mallow. Fireside and roast chicken in the oven.

Do you have a favourite quote or motto?

‘What other people think of you is none of your business.’

When are you at your happiest?

When I get into bed in the evening and I look back on the day and think ‘well that went well'.

Any regrets?

Doing higher maths until February of sixth year. What a waste of my time.

What is your hidden talent?

I can say the 32 counties of Ireland in under nine seconds.

What might we be surprised to know about you?

I have beautiful penmanship.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I’ve written a book which I’ll be signing it in in Philip’s Bookshop, Mallow from 2-3pm on Saturday 21 October - if you want to come and see if I’m lying about my penmanship then that’s where I’ll be so pop along!

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