A Beautiful Stewardess Who Is Going Places…..
THERE’S a lot more to the beautiful and talented Katie Wilter than meets the eye… Continue reading to find out more.
Where are you working at the moment: M/Y Solaia in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
What is your start sign: Taurus
Where do you come from: Cape Town, South Africa
How long have you worked on yachts: 1 year, 3 months (relatively green)
What did you like/dislike about your last job: Loved the crew, great parties but disliked the complete mismanagement and horrific HR treatment of crew
How did you get into the industry: I have a few friends who have done it and needed a break from 9-5 office job
What are your biggest accomplishments: My degrees: Bachelor of Journalism (Hons.), awarded an MTN scholarship to complete a post-graduate Diploma in Media Management with Distinction (both Rhodes University); completing 5 half marathons, proudly exploring many countries (still lots more to see), completing the Inca trail, and still having the same best friends from high school (love and miss you guys)
Can you work under pressure: Yes of course, I’m a stewardess and a graphic designer which is all about meeting deadlines
What is the most difficult situation you have faced: As a “yachtie” – being stuck in horrid storms with extremely rough seas. In life – death of friends and family and of course, everyone has their own personal struggles
What are your pet hates: People constantly sniffing (tissue?), narrow-mined perspectives, cynical people
Tell me about the last time you felt anger on the job: I guess it would have been fueled by lack of sleep. On my current yacht, I haven’t really felt anger. On my last yacht, I got really angry at the mismanagement and ill treatment of crew – we were known as the red-haired step child.
What do you do in your spare time: Blog, yoga, run, explore the place I’m in (with my camera, of course), party with friends, visit art galleries, wine and dine, try do something different, read magazine, books and blogs
What would you like to be doing five years from now: I would love to have a successful travel blog/ website running which offers me flexibility to have a family life, to continue to do some freelance graphic design and writing. I would also like to have more time to paint and travel. I hope to be inspired by everyday beauty I discover in various places, people and creative creations.
Where would be your favourite holiday destination and why: I am currently daydreaming of a yoga / surfing holiday in Costa Rica. I would love to be outdoors in the sea and sun, meditating and working on my body in yoga while chilling out, meeting new people and experiencing a new culture. A little slice of heaven that would be!
Where do like to shop? In Europe – H&M, Pimkie, Zara, USA – Gap, Victoria’s Secret, Apple Store, ROSS and little boutique stores that I discover in tiny towns along my travels
Can you recommend a service or product that may be helpful to other Stewardesses: I am a fond user of Seventh Generation cleaning products as they are environmentally friendly, gentle on the skin and scent-free. The washing liquid and dish washing liquid are great! I also like using wet Swiffer cloths for the crew mess floor which are quick, easy and smell great. Domestic goddess much!
Have you met any famous people and what were your thoughts: No-one really famous, just wealthy and well-known in their field. I admire such successful people and enjoy chatting to them about their success. However, I did serve a famous model who was a complete ditz. You win some, you lose some!
What do you enjoy most about your job: The travel and the salary which is easy to save!
Any advice for “newbies” in the industry: Stay positive, stick it out as it takes a while to get into the industry and, most of all, follow your instinct!
Finally can you tell me about your blog, what inspires you, how do you find the time to write etc.. I write whenever I have something great to share – be it my favourite song of the week, some recent photographs of what I have experienced or just my thoughts in words. I love all things travel, art, and beauty so those are my main categories of inspiration. I start thinking up phrases that I have to write down ASAP and then flesh it out from there. My blog content is quite varied from wake-boarding to cooking lobsters!