Meeting Georgia Van Cuylenburg

The door clicked open and we had a ‘Honey, I’m home!’ moment. Only, I didn’t walk in through the door, but was sat in her sofa, cuddling her dog, having just landed in LA and came face to face with G coming home from the office – for the very first time. From this moment on, we have been friends. From this moment on we actually knew each other. The weird thing though, before this moment, it had felt like we’d known each other for years.

I first talked with Miss Cuylenburg when I interviewed her for my MA Dissertation (for which she was a major help; Thank you again, darling G) in July 2014 and we quickly realized we were more similar than we ever could have imagined and thus stayed in touch. Georgia, like me, once wished to move internationally to move up in the entertainment business so that she could make a name for herself and be able to inspire even more people through all her philanthropic work. From the day of the interview, Georgia Van Cuylenburg was one of my idols.

Australian Miss Cuylenburg moved to Amerika in 2005 and has built on her career as a credited Comedian, TV-host, actor, voice-over artist, and a loud voice for the Alopecia community – did I miss something? Of course I didn’t – she is also the founder of various businesses such as her very important non-profit Arts Bridging the Gap. To be honest, the list of her achievements are pretty long and would not be done justice if they were to be listed in this tiny little blog article. You can therefore rather find more information on what she has accomplished here:

If you have read the links already, you will know that G might just be the epitome of perfection: An angel on earth; a humanitarian soul leading the way for so many and helping even more. This is G in a humanitarian positive setting (a.k.a. the non-profit world and volunteering). It’s a setting she’s comfortable in. I met G in a different setting; the tough Hollywood business world; in a professional setting where Positivity and Empathy often gets trampled upon; where she juggled more tasks than what most would be able to handle and at the same time kept doing so much for everybody else. Do you know what I discovered?

G is also just human (power-hulk-machine-immortal-human, but whatevs) and she rocks at it. The funny thing with role models is that you put them on a pedestal like the epitome of perfection. When you meet them you often learn that they have their own imperfections and it may ruin your image of them more than it would with someone you had no expectations to. I learned that G has her struggles, opinions and imperfections such as everyone else. That did not change my image or opinion of her, however. It’s easy for someone to remain impossibly upbeat, focused and goodhearted to those around them when they’re in an environment they’re molded by. When they’re not in their regular comfort zone, however, and still manage to remain the same while taking care of a stranger – that’s saying a lot. To me, G is still pretty perfect and a tough role model to have, but a role model I’ll always treasure nonetheless. I weren’t allowed to, but she used to joke around the office that I was like her daughter. It’s funny: I’m so grateful for everything she did for me; from letting me come and stay with her; join her at work and meet so many new and amazing people in an industry I’m smitten by; to letting me raid her closet, drive me around and looking after me. Yet, having her behave as a motherly figure around me – the orphan and the lost girl – meant more to me than she can ever realize.

My experience with G changed and added something to my life (however short the time may have been) and that’s what she does: Georgia Van Cuylenburg changes people’s lives…for the better.

Today’s interesting note: 

Hear about my E3 experience in the next post!

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