As the Head of Entertainment for Village Roadshow Theme Parks, Michael Croaker is a man who is an inspiration in his own right. The epitome of someone who follows their dreams, he masterminds the fun behind so many people's memorable holiday experiences and is a role model to all those who work with and for him.
I personally have been honoured to call Michael a mentor and dear friend for nearly two decades now. It was he who introduced me to the world of entertainment taking me from being the Guest Services Manager at Wonderland Sydney to join him as the "voice" of the theme park. He sought out my voice (anyone who knows me knows that isn't a difficult task!) training me to record both in-park announcements and to put my voice to the character of Alex in the Action Man Stunt Show Spectacular. I'll never forget the thrill I got to hear my voice accompanying a fabulous stunt woman's acrobatic feats in the show, after all, it would never be me tumbling and flying through the air!
He has supported me through any number of career changes, businesses and life situations and is my "go to" when I want to get real and charge forward.
Today though, it is an honour to have my role model Michael a part of the She Inspires Me Series. Here he shares a touching story about a very important woman in his life who inspires him.