What you see is what you get with Taya Calder-Mason.
I first met Taya in 2017 when she had her mind set on making a short film - which she had scripted - about a woman fighting a man in the boxing ring. She was a blue-eyed blonde 19-year-old from Bar Beach, and had a distinctly direct approach to well, just about everything in life.
At the time, Taya was heading for a career in acting and film.
She was training and boxing seriously for the movie, and did all of the boxing herself.
She made the short boxing film (Fight Like a Girl) and continued to find acting roles and get involved in other short film projects.
Now, she's popped up as the founder of Goldie's, a dress-for-hire business with a shopfront in Hamilton. She's the same no-nonsense young woman I met four years ago.
She saw a gap in the market for dress hire in Newcastle and made up her mind that she had the ability to fill it. Every woman needs a friend and an honest opinion when they are getting dressed up, and that's exactly what Taya has been determined to provide - along with a huge collection of serious dresses.
Herald contributing writer Jade Lazarevic has sized up Taya pretty well in her story on Goldie's in Weekender. Check it out here.
Jim Kellar, Weekender editor, Newcastle Herald