This week’s person to know is Bianca Teixeira – a freelance writer who co-hosts Sportsnet 360’s Drafted aftershow and appears regularly on Proud FM.
Your major career influence?
There are so many writers that I look up to and I love finding their work in a number of magazines and online outlets. They all influence me because I see them working on incredible things and it makes me want to work harder to try and get to their level.
You’re in the worlds of print, radio, and TV – which medium is your favourite?
It’s hard to pick a favourite. I love print because I’m able to get all my ideas out on paper and then edit them down as I see fit. Radio is so much fun because I get to gab about interesting topics and celebrity drama with one of my best friends. And TV is incredible because every episode of Drafted’s aftershow was live and I would be excited/nervous all day. Plus my makeup was done professionally every week. How’s a girl to choose?
If you weren’t working in writing game, what would you be doing?
I would have really loved to become a makeup artist who dabbles in nail art. I’m always blown away by their skills and would love to have their expertise.
What’s up next?
I have a weekly makeover column with View The Vibe that’s going to start in February, a couple of beauty pieces with The Kit (which run early spring), and I’ll be co-hosting the morning show on Proud FM for a week in February. And there’s talk of a sex column but that’s a secret… for now!
A place in Toronto you’d be proud to take people?
The CN Tower for the Edge Walk. I did it last summer and it’s bananas.
What’s your favourite restaurant?
Insomnia (Bloor/Bathurst) has simple dishes that I absolutely love. They make a seafood pasta that tastes exactly like my dad’s… so I go all the time. It’s become a ‘date night’ staple.
Your favourite Toronto neighbourhood and why?
I live in the West Queen West neighbourhood and I’d hate to leave. Everything I need is in walking distance and I’m surrounded by delicious food and amazing stores.
Least favourite thing about Toronto?
Waiting for streetcars that never come when it’s -30 degrees!!
A Toronto resident, other than yourself, who’s making a positive impact on the city?
It’s a total cliché but since I interned at Fashion Television after university, I can’t help but love how much work Jeanne Beker has put into making Toronto (and Canada in general) a legitimate fashion resource. She put us on the map in the industry and even inspired some of today’s fashion icons like Beth Ditto, who used to watch Jeanne while growing up in Arkansas!
Special thanks to the Gladstone Hotel.