Interview with Alana and Lisa | The Mac Twins
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Name: Lisa and Alana Macfarlane aka the Mac Twins

What do you do? How would you describe your working life?

We’re Presenters/Djs ( and we own and run “The Gut Stuff” website and on YouTube

Working life is like an octopus spinning plates and we’ve got more hats than at Ascot on Ladies day. One minute we’re presenting the red carpet at the Brits and the next we’re making sauerkraut for the new series, then we’re on the plane to Belgium for a festival gig. Every day is as mental as the last.  

Did you show any early signs as a child that indicated that you would end up where you are today? 

We were always the school narrators in the nativity (ha!), and at the annual TOTP we always hosted the show - theres many a video of us as young as 4,  talking directly down the camera describing what was going on when most of the other kids didn't even notice they were being filmed. Its always come naturally to us I guess.

Describe your morning routine

Alana gets up and does 6.30am yoga, whereas Lisa has to set her alarm an hour early so she can have an hour extra in her bed sipping tea and preparing herself for the world. If we’re off caffeine we’ll have roasted chicory root and some almond milk and some Chia puddings made with Kefir that we’ve popped in the fridge the night before. We’ll usually Facetime each other to plan the day then crack on.

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Where do you get your ideas/inspiration from and when do they arrive?

Our friends! None of our friends are in the industry and they’re such a varied bunch, they’re always our sounding boards for new ideas and keep us buoyant with the knocks and grounded with the highs. A lot of ideas come to us when we’re tipsy on red wine, lucid minds make for great, big, fearless plans.

When motivation wavers, how do you get back on track?

It's easier as we have each other to drag out of “worry holes”, but we always write a massive “gratitude list” and it helps put things into perspective and to see how far we’ve come. We also think about how much our parents sacrificed for us to do what we do and the fire in the belly rages again.

What is the best thing about your job/lifestyle?

We’re our own bosses and we work for us and we fight for the causes we want to fight for, its also great giving other people jobs and opportunities. Plus we’d be rubbish behind a desk, too fidgety ha!

If you could do something else for the day- what would you do?

We’d love to be heart surgeons to experience real stress and responsibility - then all our issues would seem like a walk in the park!

How do you overcome any challenges in your working life?

Meet them head on, always. Do a yoga class, calm down, sleep on it then bulldoze through it in the morning.

How do you celebrate your successes?

Prosecco, then writing a list of the next goals. It's a blessing and curse, but we’re always looking to the next thing.

Do you have any tools/resources or rituals that you couldn’t live without?

Definitely exercise, getting out of your head and into your body is so important and endorphins are just the best. We use organisational tools such as Evernote and Asana to organise the team and never underestimate the power of a good Whatsapp group.

Which books from your bookcase would you recommend?

Lisa loves “If I could tell you just one thing” by Richard Reed, brilliant advice from the worlds most successful people and Alana swears by “The Chimp Paradox” by Professor Steve Peters.

What are your daily essentials to make you feel ready?

We love the Neals Yard roller essence “Energy” oil, gives us a zing before a meeting/tackle of emails and just a good talking to yourself tends to work!

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Don't worry about money that’ll come (one day!) - you will have to watch all your friends buy houses, cars and lovely things before you and make lots of sacrifice, but it will pay off. Promise. Also that it's a rollercoaster there WILL be more lows than highs but its the dips that make you stronger and as we say in Scotland 'What's fir ye won't go by ye'

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Thanks so much ladies, you brighten up my day!

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