In her younger years, Rhonda Tulk-Lane would take the CN bus between her hometown Grand Falls-Windsor and St. John’s.
Leading up to those trips, she would practise asking to get around people on the bus, should she be placed in a window seat.
As she sought to overcome her fear of public speaking, Tulk-Lane joined groups like the Toastmasters.
They helped her gain the confidence she needed to overcome it.
Fast forward to the present day and Tulk-Lane is the new executive director of Music NL. She’s been on the job for a little more than a month.
“I love it,” said Tulk-Lane of her Music NL position. “I was ready to take on a new challenge.”
Previously, she was with the St. John’s Board of Trade for seven years where she served in a variety of roles.
But earlier this year, she felt it was time for a change and made the move to Music NL.
Although she’s only been in the position for four weeks or so, Tulk-Lane has an idea of what she would like to accomplish in a five-year plan for the organization.
Among those goals, the pillars of her plan are building a firm foundation for the organization, creating a culture steeped in good board governance and helping musicians and industry professionals succeed every day.
1. What is your full name?
2. Where and when were you both?
I was born in Grand Falls-Windsor in 1976.
3. Where do you live today?
4. What is your favourite place in the world?
My favourite place that I’ve been, I would have to say, is Beaumont Hamel in 2016.
5. Who do you follow on social media?
I wouldn’t be able to tell you. I don’t pay attention to who I follow. I’m starting to love using LinkedIn. I’m using that more than anything else.
6. What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I think that I was petrified to speak in public as a teenager and a young adult.
7. What has been your favourite year and why?
Definitely 2015 and the reason why is I got to be a part of one of the most amazing conferences that, I think, exist in Canada. It’s called the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.
8. What is the hardest thing that you have ever done?
For me, it is fitting in a balance lifestyle. I love my job and I work so much, I’m a workaholic, so my physical fitness has always been the hardest part for me.
9. Can you describe one experience that has changed your life?
I have to go back to the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. Just meeting all of the different people from across Canada and all of the experiences that were jam packed into those 15 days.
10. What is your greatest indulgence?
Chocolate and red wine.
11, What is your favourite movie or book?
My favourite movie of all-time is "Patch Adams" with Robin Williams. My favourite book is a monthly magazine I get called "The Director’s Journal."
12. How do you like to relax?
By reading or with chocolate and red wine.
13. What are you reading or watching right now?
A couple things that I am watching right now and they’re with my kids, who are awesome — "The Babysitter’s Club." They like kid’s shows and I’m enjoying everything I watch with my kids.
14, What is your greatest fear?
Not talking about death. I think we need to do it more and it is always avoided. When it does come, it is always uncomfortable. The fear is not talking about it.
15, How would you describe your personal fashion statement?
I don’t think I have one. I just wear what I want to wear and do what I want to do.
16. What is your most treasured possession?
It’s just my memories. I’m not a stuff person. I don’t like things. It is definitely memories.
17. What physical or personality trait are you most grateful to a parent for?
Both of my parents showed me hard work and that it pays off. They definitely taught me that.
18. Who are three people you would invite to join you for the dinner party of your dreams?
Mother Theresa, Oprah and Michelle Obama
19. What is your best quality and what is your worst quality?
My best quality is empathy and being able to put myself in the other person’s shoes. (My worst quality) is I have no patience.
20. What is your biggest regret?
When I make a decision, I make the decision that I’ve made ... the right one at that time. I don’t have (a) should have or a would have because I’ve made a choice — that’s it. I made that choice and we’re going with it.
Nicholas Mercer is a local journalism initiative reporter for central Newfoundland for SaltWire Network. [email protected]