After a long career as a senior creative at Grey Advertising (Sydney, London and Singapore) and Ogilvy & Mather (Sydney), Candide turned her side hustle (freelance writing) into her main gig while she raised three children. During that time she also wrote three novels - youth fiction and young adult. Two were published. When she applied for freelance work at AdNews, she was offered the position of editor of Australian Creative. When Australian Creative closed, she launched The Stable, her online publication of "who's doing what in commercial creativity". Now her side hustle (although she still writes freelance) is advocating to end ageism in the creative industries.