Why, when and how did you break
into the journalism and the media business?
Ive always loved to write and amuse people with
my sparkling wit. Being a journo seemed an excellent
way to get paid for bullshitting, something I enjoy
- a lot.
I was first published in Mens Health (a story
about my girlfriends alternative therapy) and
a week later in Inside Sport (a half-pager about improving
Channel Nines cricket commentary by making Tony
and Bill fight and get nude, etc). That was in about
December of 2000.
by hammering away, being persistent and forging mostly
loving non-sexual relationships with a couple of editors
in Greg Hunter at Inside Sport and Bruce Ritchie at
Mens Health. Both of them sort of took an interest
in what I could do (well, they rang me back on occasion),
plus I worked out how to pitch them ideas that wouldnt
make them glaze over before binning. This was just
mentors, if any, did you have?
is the wisest piece of advice you have ever been given?
gave it to myself, dont give up.
has been your greatest challenge in the media business?
off the piss before deadlines.
is the biggest misconception about you?
Im an expert in mens health. And that
I have a small penis. Whos spreading that one
I dont know but Ill have everyone know:
Im packin serious heat.
delivery platform of media do you prefer? - TV, radio
writings my thing and because Ive been
on radio and TV for 5 minutes and 23 seconds respectively
Ill say print. However, following those 23 seconds
(doing a story about Craig Coleman from Souths) more
people stopped me in the street and rang me and said
they saw me on TV than in the entire 14 months my
head was in Inside Sport. Not sure what point Im
making there but there you go. I was also on 2MMM
once talking about sperm donation, a story I did once
for an online magazine, and the disc-jockey bloke
spent the whole time ripping off gags, word-for-word,
from my piece. Again, no point, but it is an anecdote,
you published any books? Any future plans to?
co-writing one with Jason Weber whos the Wallabies
strength and conditioning guy. In the future Im
going to write a million-plus best-seller about playing
golf and drinking beer and Im never going to
work ever again. Gee its gonna be a good book.
books relating to media and journalism have you learned
than my unwritten but potentially million-selling
beer-and-golf opus, The Australian Writers & Artists
Yearbook is the bible of the freelance journo. Reading
the mags you want to write for is a fairly large tidbit
of advice for the aspiring journo person.
article or feature are you most proud of?
did one for Inside Sport about Glenn Kelly, this boxing
garbo from South Sydney, who was about to fight Roy
Jones Jnr, probably the best boxer in the world. It
was good because I managed to fit in a bunch of gags
and Rocky quotes and still tell a good story. (Glenn
got cleaned up in the seventh.)
have been the most defining moments in your career?
broke has sort of sucked. When youre struggling
to pay the rent it makes you wonder what youre
doing aged 32 with no mortgage, car, savings, wife,
mistress, Foxtel, X-Box, etc. But every time that
happened Id go for a stroll down to Coogee Beach
in bare feet while everyone was at work and read about
myself in Inside Sport. That wouldnt help of
course so then Id go to the pub. Pretty soon,
no more problem. God bless you beer.
would you describe freedom of the press, or lack thereof,
pretty free to me. If the Sunday Telegraph can have
Piers Akerman and George Pell (George Pell!) on the
same page spouting hard-right dogma/homophobic superstitious
medi-eval clap-trap without those they routinely offend
stabbing them in the street, then anyone can say pretty
the course of your career, who did you both most and
least enjoy working with?
really not enjoyed working with anyone. That might
sound like a cop-out, but its actually true.
There was a photographer called Inuit or something
who was a bit of a flogger but thats about it.
advantages and benefits has convergent media, such
as your website delivered to you?
online now, so editors can see what Ive done
by looking at the site.
can the public currently see and hear you? (please
elaborate on Mens Heath and anywhere else)
Health magazine. The book should be out in March next
year. Some fellah wants to talk about sperm donation
on Channel 31, that public access channel. I should
but I cant be stuffed.
are some of your personal and profession goals you
aim to achieve?
never want to work again. This is a deeply held personal
and professional aspiration. And soon as that golf
and beer book starts flying off the shelves. . .
words of advice do you have for those starting out
in the media business?
give up. If youre writing find a voice,
something thats you, thats amusing as
well as informative. Write with an audience in mind
I mostly write to amuse my mates. If someone
gives you a hand, thank them. And dont give
else you would like to make our visitors / readers
aware of? (Dont hold back we are no
holds barred here)
answer a question when someone prefaces it with dont
hold back we are no holds barred.