Sam Town

Sam Town

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Samantha Town, a.k.a. Sam, is a valued member of the Senior Leadership Team in the UK, holding the position of Business Development and Account Director. With an impressive three-year tenure at Newgen and nearly 25 years in the publishing industry, Sam's experience speaks for itself. Based in the picturesque county of Kent, UK, she resides just an hour away from the bustling city of London, where she enjoys the company of her husband Nathan, stepson Oscar, dog Jessie, four cats, and eight marine fish.

Sam's vibrant personality shines through her responses to various fun questions, where she reveals her preference for teleportation if she could have one superpower. She feels this would save time and the environment. Her admiration for the talented Kate Winslet is very evident and that is who she would like to play her if ever there was a movie made about Sam’s life. A great admirer of the Oscar winning British actor, she’s been Kate’s fan since she played Rose in the film Titanic.

The farthest that Sam has ever been from home is Hong Kong. In fact, this was actually her home for two years when she was a child and she has some beautiful memories of the place. She would love to return there one day to revisit the place and to see what has changed. Visiting Hong Kong also happens to be on the top of her bucket list. Though this is a physical place, one fictional place she would like to visit is Narnia from The Chronicles of Narnia book series. The kids going through a wardrobe into another world has always kindled Sam’s imagination and she is adventurous enough to want to meet and cuddle Aslan the Lion.

But coming down to reality, her love for animals and wildlife has kindled in her a desire to do a safari in South Africa, and if she were never to sleep, she would spend all her time caring for animals. Having said that, Sam loves her sleep, which relaxes her, but to recharge, she practices Iyengar yoga for an excellent body and mind balance, loves having a Thai massage and finds Reiki healing quite amazing because of the benefits of a ‘non-contact’ therapy. Other than this, some small things that make Sam’s day better are a nice cup of coffee, a cuddle with her dog, being told something funny, or making someone else laugh, and the best of all – a chocolatey dessert! She does have a long-term plan of learning Spanish to add to her repertoire of skills.

Speaking of her dog, who’s a Beagle called Jessie, Sam could talk on and on about her, her pranks and her adorable nature. She confides that she could you give a 40-minute presentation on Jessie with absolutely no preparation. She loves being in the company of people who have a sense of humour: ‘Life can be serious and tough but we should try and weigh that up with some humour, even if it is black humour – which has often helped me get through tough situations,’ says Sam. However, what irritates Sam the most is bad manners – people who don’t say please, thank you, etc., and especially discourteous drivers when she is on the road; people who don’t indicate at roundabouts are particularly annoying to her. Another real pet peeve of Sam’s is her kitchen tea towels disappearing or if they aren’t hung up and it is usually because her husband is using them for something to do with their fish tank! Well, this really ‘grinds her gears’ (a delightful expression indeed).

Sam loves an active lifestyle, and if time and money weren’t an issue, she would keep dancing, really apply herself to learning it properly – probably Ballroom styles – the Tango, Jive and Foxtrot. A musically inclined person, she has also completely memorized a fair few songs but her favourite is Estelle and Kanye West’s ‘American Boy’. She has a funny story to go with this: when on a jaunt to France with her best friend, her friend had set a task for them to learn the song – specifically the rap, and so they spent hours viewing French tourist attractions rapping under their breaths. How cool is that!

We asked her a wacky question as to what’s a favourite piece of clothing she owns/owned. And why. She said, ‘When I was in my late teens/early twenties I was obsessed with the colour red, including red flowers – particularly poppies. I had these white bell-bottom-type trousers covered in red poppies on them from Kenzo, and I thought they were the bee’s knees!’

Moving on to some serious topics, her take on women’s place in today’s society is indeed very logical, heartfelt and real. She says, ‘For the most part it is still a work in progress in terms of equality – greatly dependent of course on where in the world the woman is and in what environment. Women can “do it all” but is it realistic or fair to expect only them to? America Ferrera’s monologue in the recent Barbie movie is somewhat how I view the complicated and difficult experience of being a woman in modern society.’ Here Sam quotes from the movie:

‘It is literally impossible to be a woman. You are so beautiful, and so smart, and it kills me that you don't think you're good enough. Like, we have to always be extraordinary, but somehow we're always doing it wrong. You have to be thin, but not too thin. And you can never say you want to be thin. You have to say you want to be healthy, but also you have to be thin. You have to have money, but you can't ask for money because that's crass. You have to be a boss, but you can't be mean. You have to lead, but you can't squash other people's ideas. You're supposed to love being a mother, but don't talk about your kids all the damn time. You have to be a career woman but also always be looking out for other people. You have to answer for men's bad behavior, which is insane, but if you point that out, you're accused of complaining. You're supposed to stay pretty for men, but not so pretty that you tempt them too much or that you threaten other women because you're supposed to be a part of the sisterhood.

‘But always stand out and always be grateful. But never forget that the system is rigged. So find a way to acknowledge that but also always be grateful. You have to never get old, never be rude, never show off, never be selfish, never fall down, never fail, never show fear, never get out of line. It's too hard! It's too contradictory and nobody gives you a medal or says thank you! And it turns out in fact that not only are you doing everything wrong, but also everything is your fault. ‘I'm just so tired of watching myself and every single other woman tie herself into knots so that people will like us. And if all of that is also true for a doll just representing women, then I don't even know.’

Such powerful words indeed!

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