Danen is one of our Floor Managers working at Garfish Manly. He is a valued member of the Garfish Family and has been with us for a good few years.
This month, we take the opportunity to get to know a bit more about Danen. We asked him 4 questions about Garfish, his life outside of Garfish and what advice he would give to someone wanting to start their career in the hospitality industry.
FIVE QUESTIONS WITH MANAGER DANEN
1. How long have you worked at Garfish and how did you get started?
“I’ve been with the Garfish family for about six and a half years now. I actually got the job as a runner for the summer in 2012 through my sister’s friend who was managing at the time. Didn’t actually start in a section for about 4 months after that, and then management 2 years later!”
2. What’s one of your favourite aspects of working at Garfish?
“I think the best part of working at Garfish is the family vibe (not to mention the killer location with harbour views!) We have a very strong focus on the team mentality, and the level of passion every single person in the business has in incredibly inspiring.”
3. Tell us a bit about your life outside of Garfish. What do you get up to when you’re not providing great service?
“At the moment I’m trying to slog it out in the acting world. I’ve been working and rehearsing quite a lot recently which has been incredibly challenging, but being able to come to a job that I love makes it that little bit easier. Garfish has also been incredibly supportive in helping me achieve my acting goals and working my roster around my other busy schedules!”
4. What advice would you give to someone wanting to work in the hospitality industry?
“I suppose my advice would be that if you aren’t passionate about hospitality and providing an experience for people, then it’s going to be a very tough gig. If you love that, then all you need to do is work hard, and learn from those who have been in the industry for a long time. They will have countless tips and tricks to help you manage yourself in whatever establishment you find yourself in. You also have to learn to let go of your ego in many circumstances, as this is the number one thing which gets in the way of connecting with customers or working in a team”
Article by James Whaler