He’s fresh from the kitchen with a recent turn on Masterchef, and Adam Mizzi is looking to bring his passion and creativity from the hotplate to the hotdesk as he takes on the WorkSpace Manager role at our new WOTSO in Adelaide.
Having worked in various industries and with experience of creating his own startup, (as well as appearing on Masterchef and driving straight across country to deliver a boat for a mate before he started with us….don’t ask) Adam is no stranger to multitasking and understands more than most the highs and lows of going for something and working to make it happen.
We caught up with him (he didn’t cook unfortunately) to get the low down on how he saw us initially and what it’s like to be on the other side of the desk now.
WW: Adam, what led you to WOTSO and how does that fit with the cooking?
AM: For most of my career, I have worked in hospitality and service based industries, it’s something I enjoy and I prefer being around people to working alone. I’ve always loved cooking but my interests range beyond this to extreme sports, rowing, education and travel and I started my own adventure travel business to take a couple of these interests to the next level.
I think my range of experience and the challenges that have come with each one suit themselves to the WOTSO community because I’ve been there so I get the triumphs and the failures, the frustrations and the 3am ‘eureka moments’.
WW: Tell us something we’d never guess about you!
AM: Well, I was an extra in ‘HeartBreak High’ back in the 90’s does that count?
WW: Weird, ok now to the three questions we ask everyone;
1. Why did you decide you wanted to work at WOTSO WorkSpace and what do you like most about it
In 2014, I attended a business accelerator event at WOTSO Canberra and shortly after used an office at WOTSO Pyrmont during its very early stages. Naturally, when I saw the advert for a WorkSpace Manager in Adelaide, I jumped at the opportunity knowing full well what the end WOTSO product would look like and the kinds of awesome people that are attracted to the WorkSpaces. My favourite part is the variety and autonomy of being a WorkSpace Manager and that I get to be around passionate and engaging members who use the space.
2. What’s the one thing about starting a new business that you wish you’d known at the start?
When you’re starting out, unless you’ve got a tonne of money to spend on outsourcing jobs and paying other people to help realise your dream, be prepared to do EVERYTHING yourself! You need to be the marketer, receptionist, accountant, the IT person, your own chief cook and do all the dishes because it takes a lot of hard work to be successful and for most people it doesn’t happen the way you plan.
3. If you were a member instead of a WorkSpace Manager, what one thing would you ask for in a workspace
A cinema room for private movie screenings.
As you can see, Adam’s already been busy transforming the Adelaide space into what could possibly be our most epic WOTSO to date!