Writing on her blog page since mid 2015, Annie quickly gained a loyal fan base of readers that appreciated humour, honesty, and not conforming to the norm.
Her social media platforms now have over 100k followers collectively, while her distinctive social commentary, writing and public speaking ability, have been sought after by various reputable news and entertainment outlets. She has an “uncanny” knack of being able to discuss serious issues, and then uplift people and make them laugh.
Annie has topped the iTunes podcast charts and sold out live shows, including at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, with her hit podcast We Want To Be Better.
Additionally to her entertainment work, Annie is an awarded Professional Pet Groomer and owns her own business, Uncanny Animals, which has several branches - animal care, retail and e-commerce.
Annie is unashamedly herself and consequently has had many posts go internationally viral; Perez Hilton has blogged about her, she got got opinions bubbling wore a suit to the AFL 2016 Brownlow, and Paris Hilton even said that "Annie is Iconic."
In her personal life, Annie is Mum to three human kids - Malachy (12), Delphi (10) and Cheska (10) as well as many animal "kids." She is married to Liam Picken, who was an AFL Premiership Player.
Annie is an awarded Pet Groomer (dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs.) She is a Certified Fear-Free Groomer also a Certified Creative Grooming Expert (2021) and Specialist (2020) with Internationally renowned organisation, Opawz. Annie has groomed animals for events like Melbourne Fashion Festival and had grooms featured in top publications like ifashion.pet and Frankie Mgazine. She is currently undertaking International Grooming Certification recognition in both cat and dog grooming through the International Pet Groomers Inc of which she is a member.
Annie founded her own business, Uncanny Animals in 2020. It has which has several branches - animal grooming, retail and e-commerce.
Her store is located in Yarraville, in the inner west of Melbourne and has 7 employees. The business has a strong focus on ethical practice and belief that compassion and humanity should be the greatest priority, while also priding itself on its modern twist.
With her expertise, Annie designs and manufactures her own pet grooming products and accessories, bridging the gap in the market between high quality grooming tools and the every day pet parent.
Her business has quickly amassed a strong online presence with 14 thousand followers on Instagram so far.
Annie is the co-host of the podcast We Want To Be Better which debuted at #1 in the Australian iTunes charts for Comedy and the "All Podcasts" category, within the first week of going live! It quickly amassed a strong fan base and was picked up by Nova Entertainment and then More Talent. You can find We Want To Be Better in all the usual podcast ways.
Annie has also been a guest on other podcast shows including The Outer Sanctum Podcast”on the ABC Network, and guest spotted as co-host on This Glorious Mess on the MamaMia Network.
Annie and Bianka started touring their podcast within the first year of launching We Want To Be Better. They've sold out shows at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Melbourne Fringe Festival and toured interstate.
Annie has an "uncanny" knack of going internationally viral. She has active Instagram and Facebook pages that are her main source of contact with “followers.” Brands that work with Annie are often thrilled with campaign success, and Annie is well regarded in the industry of influencers for being professional and friendly. Annie is open minded and approachable, so feel free to contact Annie to discuss working together or receiving a media kit/rates. Please take note that Annie will only promote products that she would use/that she believes in, and products must be vegan and cruelty free.
Annie is a confident public speaker and has hosted, and been a panellist at many events. She has worked corporately at business functions, all the way to talking empowerment at high schools. Some examples of which are hosting the Melbourne TimeOut Bar Awards and "Haute Dog Masterclass" for Melbourne Fashion Week.
Annie has her Advance Radio Training qualification from The Radio Training Institute in Melbourne. She was part of the Breakfast Show for the pop-up radio station RTI FM. Annie has also been sought after for interviews on radio stations such as Triple J, 774 ABC, ABC Radio National, Melbourne’s KIIS FM and BBC Radio. Annie regularly talks on JOY 94.9 (JOY FM), Melbourne’s LGBTQIA+ Radio Station. Her favourite shows being Chicks Talking Footy and as an ally on Trans POV with her good friend and well known trans activist, Michelle Sheppard.
Annie’s distinctive writing ability, combined with her unique opinion has been sought after by various news and entertainment outlets. Annie wrote exclusively for TIME and had her work republished on Kidspot, MamaMia, The Motherish, The Daily Mail and The Herald Sun just to name a few. Annie's writing has been published in several books, the most recent being The Full Catastrophe and Working Mums.
Annie has appeared numerous times on television. She’s been on programs such as Postcards, Sunrise on Channel 7, the AFL broadcast on Channel 7, the Los Angeles based program The Boris and Nicole show (via Skype) and The Morning Show (which you should definitely check out if you want to see how easily a segment can be derailed by children!) Annie was also a consultant to the writers and cast on the first series of the hit show Playing For Keeps.
Identifying as abrosexual and growing up in a rural town, Annie knew more need to be done for the LGBTQI+ rural community and their mental health. Annie teamed up with the organisation Gay? That’s OK! to create a Football Pride game in her old home town of Hamilton, to address the issues facing the local LGBTQI+. Two of the strongest VFL Women’s teams (Melbourne University and Darebin Falcons) played on the day. The day was a huge success and only a few weeks later, Trans teen, Mei Flavel, credited the day as being one of the reasons she was able to “come out” and live her life authentically. Annie was also invited by Australian Marriage Equality to attend their Melbourne press conferences to encourage Australians to “vote yes.”
Annie was also the 2017 Pram Jam Ambassador, an organisation created to raise awareness and funds for research into helping babies born premature, and preventing stillbirth. Annie and her prematurely born twins (aged 4 at the time), rode their bikes the distance between their home and the hospital (28km) for the organisation. The campaign was a huge success raising over $100,000, and Annie and her daughters raised nearly $10,000.
She's passionate to use her platform to highlight the issues she is passionate about including (but not limited to) the experience of premature birth and twins, Aboriginal Rights, Gender Equality, LGBTQI+ Rights, Environmentalism, Animal Rights, and life following the passing of a loved one.