Arielle Nakache, aka Barbarella, started her working life in her immigrant grandparents’ photography shop at the age of 10. Their hard work ethic and customer love transferred across to Arielle’s DNA by osmosis. Arielle’s grandparents also treated her to shows at the Opera House and Australian Ballet, so she naturally sang, danced and debated her way through school, eventually graduating with a communications and drama degree.
Arielle’s unbridled confidence and hunger to achieve saw her producing and editing television series for Beyond Productions at the age of 21. But feeling the grind of work days that never seemed to end, Arielle changed direction and freelanced in event production, corporate training and PR for the next 10 years.
Newly married with an entrepreneurial itch to scratch, Arielle and her husband forfeited their honeymoon and blew their travel dough on skateboards and ramps to launch Australia’s first skateboard school at Fox Studios. Kman Skate School taught thousands of kids from all over the world and scored national television exposure with the cast of Saturday Disney, Sydney Weekender and Kerry-Anne Kennerley on wheels!
At the tail end of this rewarding career milestone a personal infertility setback compelled Arielle to change directions again. This is when her decade with RedBalloon began. During her time inside of this innovative, award winning organisation, Arielle honed her sales and storytelling skills under the wing of Naomi Simson – one of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs (as seen on Shark Tank!)