Tim JP (officially Janenko-Panaeff) grew up in Adelaide, South Australia and began a career in stage performance in 1981 at the age of 9. In this year he joined the Bunyip Children’s Theatre Group run by Tony Roberts and performed in musicals such as “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Mary Poppins”. During this time he also made some appearances, in various segments on the then popular Channel Nine children’s program “Channel Niners”.
While completing his schooling he took a break from acting but began regular spots on an ABC national children’s radio program “Over to You”.
In 1990, Tim joined McLeod’s Modeling Agency, Adelaide. Through this agency he was commissioned in a major role in a television commercial (TVC) for “Pizza Haven” which included voice-overs for two radio commercials (RCs). During this time he also appeared in printed advertisements for Austereo Group LTD.
In 1991 Tim traveled extensively overseas and returned to Australia in the following year to commence his studies in Landscape Architecture at the Queensland University of Technology. During this time he made a further appearance in a TVC “Snug Harbour Brasserie” (aired in Queensland) and then in 1995 began part time work applying his design skills behind the scenes, working in the art department in the production of TVC’s for products such as “Domestos”, “Just Squeezed Orange Juice” and “Lift”.
On completing his studies Tim moved to Sydney and began working as a Landscape Architect on an Olympic Urban Improvement Program master planning the public open space along the foreshores of the Parramatta River. Two years into his time there an opportunity came to appear as a designer on the highly successful Nine Network television show “Changing Rooms”. Tim has continued to work on the show for the Nine Network and has subsequently made appearances on “The Money Show”, “Renovation Rescue”, “Fresh” and “Sale of The Century”. Tim has also been used by “Fisher and Paykel” in a TVC to promote their products and has been asked by various organisations from Schools to Home Shows to make public guest appearances to talk about design and his work in television.
Tim also operates his own interior design business in which he takes on a few clients a year. His clients have been varied and included; rock musicians such as Daniel Johns from Silverchair; film producers such as Rebel Penfold Russell; to high profile art auctioneers such as Justin Miller.
Tim is also a keen sportsman, and a member of the Bronte Surf Life Saving Club where he volunteers as a surf lifesaver.