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In the Hotseat with Amanda Ferrier!

Amanda

~on her Updated Status~

Amanda Ferrier is a go-getter, who utilizes both of her degrees on the island. She is on the SIMARC board and was heavily involved in the recent IACA-AIAC Congress (International Association for Caribbean Archaeology). Let's get to know more about Amanda Ferrier in this week's Hot Seat!

Where did you go to school?

Dumbo Playschool and Learning Unlimited in St. Maarten; then continued middle school, high school and college in the United States.

What did you study and what was it like?

I studied marketing & advertising and then anthropology. My college experience was amazing! Even though writing papers and doing research until the wee hours of the mornings were not easy, but with responsibly, time management and a whole lot a coffee I came out successful. Surviving college takes a lot of hard work and dedication, but at the end of it all, I came out with my degrees and no one can take those away from me. How cool is that!

What is your current career/profession?

My social networking company Updated Status.

How did you get started with a career in social networking?

Right out of school, I was the marketing director of a magazine. Noticing the growing trend with social networking, I suggested, "Why don't we be the first to go digital?" That was a few years back at the very beginning of social media. So that worked out very well with the magazine and for me. So much is needed on the island where social-networking is concerned and with Updated Status, it's as close as face-to-face communication as you can get.

What do you love most about what you do?

The benefits everybody gets out of it. This is my home... With my business, a big part of the joy is the outcome of helping to boost tourism on the island.

What kind of people do you try to reach out to with your business and why?

Everyone! Once it is explained, and once I show them what social media can do for them; they get it!

What motivates you?

Trying to live as much of my day as possible; that's something passed down to me in my family. I'm very healthy. I juice every morning. I wake up very early in the morning. I have such a passion for life itself.

What are your hobbies?

I enjoy swimming; I try to get to the beach and make sure I swim in the saltwater. Travelling has always been a hobby of mine; it comes back down to anthropology. For me, it's more about experiences. Ice-skating was always been a hobby of mine growing up... I won four gold medals. I wish I could really get back into it.

What hidden skills or talents do you have?

Ice-skating; I'm super funny; I'm a bone-collector (anthropologist); I also have something I call musical Tourette... by this I mean that if someone mentions a word or a line that reminds me of a song, I'll repeat it or finish it in song. I've gotten better at it over the years so I coined the term "Musical Tourette."

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I always try to come up with something new. I am always looking for new challenges and adventures. I really want to establish myself here; I love being back home. I would like to have something under my belt (another degree or business) before I'm 30. In 10 years, I'd like to be established, comfortable, career-oriented and have a family. I'd also like to travel. I want to see this island blooming again and I would certainly like to see the youth taking advantage of opportunities.

We know it's hard, but narrow down your top three happiest moments.

Holding my anthropology degree in my hands... somehow, in a stadium filled with hundreds of people, I was able to spot my brother and father and make eye-contact with them; that connection was amazing. My second happiest moment was when I returned to Florida after leaving it three years ago... I had left behind my brother and his kids – my niece and nephew – who mean the world to me; I hadn't seen them in a year and when I returned for the first visit back, I thought they would have been sleeping, but they surprised me at the airport and I felt pure joy! My last happiest moment was when I started my company and received my business license ...I knew I was taking a big step towards investing in myself and in my future.

What is your biggest fear?

I don't have one thing in life that I truly fear. I think life is a winding road of ups and downs that all make us who we are. If you decide that something is really worth fighting for and is an important factor to make you who you are in life, then make a commitment to achieve it or die trying. We can't let fear control, preoccupy or consume our thoughts.

What would be your alternate choice as your ultimate place to work and live?

I would love to go either to Europe or somewhere in Australia.

Describe yourself in three words.

Creative. Loving. Funny.

If you could invite three famous people dead or alive to dinner, who would they be and why?

Celine Dion (I'm a huge fan), Bob Marley and Audrey Hepburn.

If you could ask each one a question, what would you ask?

Celine: Would you sing at my wedding please? Bob Marley: What was your most memorable time on stage? Audrey Hepburn: What are the necessities for a woman's wardrobe?"

What would you serve them for dinner?

I would serve them a bunch of tapas from every country; I'm a "picker" ... I like a little of everything!

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