During an exercise that seemed like a serious bit of work but felt a lot like procrastination I checked the app permissions on my phone. Like all of life’s great mysteries the more I probed the more I developed questions rather than answers:

Why are 21 out of 45 apps using my camera?

Why do messaging apps need to know my location?

Why does the dictionary app need to access the telephone?

Why does Google need to access my contacts?

In fact, why does Google need to access EVERYTHING?

If I were an app developer I’d create a dating app that could read your heart beat then swipe automatically, as sometimes the heart knows what the head doesn’t.

Although that might accidentally match you with someone who just makes you angry…!

Footprints in the mud

What could be worse than someone finding your old diary, written by your angrier, less self aware, still developing self? Essentially years of social media addiction have left this emo masterpiece open to the world. I wonder about the stupid arguments I’ve had with complete strangers on social media rocket fuelled by too much coffee and not enough to do at the time. Will my potty mouth on Twitter and Faeces Book be used against me in years to come? Is there a quick way of finding and deleting the word c*** from years of knee-jerk comments and sleep deprived rants? Depending on which search engine you use I’m the 3rd most famous Andrea McKenzie at the moment, so if sh*t starts to get real, hopefully I can blame one of the other guys…

Welcome to the internet, wipe your fingers on the mat before you enter.


As an actor, writer and rock singer it’s been in my mind for some time to create a website, having navigated the stage, the page, the pub gig, the choppy waters of Twitter and Insta and the high seas of YouTube with some success. So when a colleague introduced me to Edinburgh University’s 23Things, the stars aligned… So welcome to my shiny website.

Below you’ll find my thoughts on the performing arts world and beyond: on technology, family and day to day life, I hope they make you smile. Feel free to add comments, or if there are any topics you’d like me to cover get in touch via the Contact page.

Thanks for stopping by. I’m off to learn some lines…

Andrea x