The Big Issue : Edition 545
8 THEBIGISSUE8–21SEP2017 PEOPLE ALWAYS ASK M E, ‘ARE YOU A FEMINIST?’ AND I FIND THE QUESTION SURPRISING, BECAUSE I THINK, ‘YES, OF COURSE. EVERY WOMAN, EVERY MAN, EVERYONE SHOULD BE A FEMINIST. BECAUSE WHOEVER IS NOT A FEMINIST IS A SEXIST.’ Actor Gal Gadot, star of Wonder Woman, the top action hero of the year, on accepting no middle ground on feminism. – Rolling Stone (US) “Daddy, when the movie goes to an ad, do the people in the movie practise for the next bit?” Five-year-old Annabel while watching TV with her dad Luke, of Northcote, Vic. EAR2GROUND PHOTOBYGETTY RETURN TO VENDOR WRITER AMY HETHERINGTON » PHOTOGRAPHER PETER HOLCROFT JACOB I’ve been working with The Big Issue since October and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I found I’m really good at communicating with the public, so yeah, I probably should’ve done it a lot earlier. I’ve been selling to Kelly, for oh, probably the whole time. She’s a really cool lady. Kelly stops and has a chat to me and that: How are you today? How’s your health? How’s the weather? We talk about cycling, volunteer work. I still work a lot with homeless people, with the street food van. There’s some awesome people out there, and just providing them with a feed and a cup of coffee to warm them up in cold weather like this, just to warm up their hearts and give them an extra bit of hope. To see the smile on people’s faces is amazing, whether they might be down or whatever situation they may be in. It’s a similar sort of situation with The Big Issue, because I’m out there trying to give it a go and trying to do something. I ran away from home when I was 17 years old, and I suffered from loneliness and hurt. Once you get a smile back off people, it makes you feel wanted and that you should be there, you know. A SMILE GOES A LONG WAY FOR SYDNEY VENDOR JACOB AND HIS REGULAR CUSTOMER K E L LY. KELLY It makes me sound old – I’ve been buying The Big Issue for about 15 years, and from Jacob for about 10 months. Jacob’s actually a very good salesman, usually he’ll call me over, “Hey, Kel, what is your opinion on this?” He draws me in with something he thinks will appeal to me that’s in the latest Big Issue edition. He’ll ask me what my thoughts are on Nicole Kidman, whether I liked Ed Sheeran...he always finds something he thinks I’ll be into. He’s got a really good memory, he remembers details, he really engages me on a personal level. The way he presents himself is really great; he’s always got a really big smile. I like to get to know my vendors on a personal level, just really engaging them as people because I think we all need that human attention. It reminds you to be very grateful, because a change in circumstance, a mental health issue, an education issue, a lifestyle choice issue, a mistake...it could be any one of us. Apart from that, The Big Issue is an amazing read, I love the articles. I usually pick it up from Jacob on a Friday and that’s what I’ll read over the weekend.