Where on the planet are you currently located: Johannesburg
So what exactly is your job and how did you go about achieving this career path:
I have a couple of rolls at the Mail & Guardian. First and foremost I am a senior business journalist. Secondly I am a music journalist and I coordinate all the music coverage for our arts section Friday, whether that is interviews, CD reviews or gig reviews. I studied Journalism at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. I have always been drawn to writing and Journalism seemed like a viable way to make a living doing it. (FirstStep.me say’s: That’s super cool!)
What’s a typical working day for you: Because we are a weekly newspaper, every day is different, on Monday I am working on music reviews and features, Tuesday I am starting work on business stories. Wednesday is the Business section’s deadline so we are frantically trying to get things finished. On Thursday’s I am working on a story for the News Section or I begin work on the next week’s music coverage.
All jobs have challenges, what would you say are some of yours: On the business front, the challenges are really just staying up to date so that you don’t miss a big story. Also you need to find the right balance between networking and working on stories, because the only way you get good stories is by having good contacts. On the music front it means listening to a ton of new music and going out to see live music every weekend, but music is a passion of mine so it’s not that hard to stomach at all.
Where do you see yourself in five years time:
I don’t even know what I am doing on Friday night, so I can’t answer that question. (FirstStep.me say’s: we understand what you saying mate!)
Do you believe in studying as a key to success in all careers:
The day you stop learning is the day you are finished. You can always learn more, but that is as much as through life-experience than it is through official forms of study. My father is a successful businessman and he lasted three months at University, so tertiary education is not the be all and end all for success.
Do you have any career role models that helped motivate your success:
On the business side, I would say no. I never imagined I would end up working as a business journalist. On the music side definitely, they would be:
Music Critic - Lester Bangs
Factory Records founder - Tony Wilson
Shifty Records founder - Lloyd Ross
Musician - Bob Dylan
Punk icon - Joe Strummer
The band – Joy Division
Cultural critic - Greil Marcus
Author - Tom Wolfe
Author - Hunter S Thompson
Highlights of your career so far:
Being a part of the Mail & Guardian and launching my own independent music magazine that focuses on independent SA musicians. It is called The Pavement Special. (FirstStep.me say’s good stuff!)
Funniest moment of your career so far:
The cultural jamming that happened on social media around the infamous Malema press conference – “Get out you bastard!”. (FirstStep.me say’s: Charming!)
Okay serious questions over:
How many countries have you travelled through in the last 5 years:
I have traveled to France, Senegal, Mali, Swaziland, Mozambique, India, Kenya Germany and the United Kingdom in the last five years.
What is your favourite movie, website and book:
Favourite Book – That’s too hard. I have been reading a lot of Milan Kundera lately. Otherwise anything by Tom Wolfe, Hunter S Thompson, Lester Bangs or Norman Mailer.
Favourite Website – http://www.daytotter.com for free MP3 live recordings of cool bands and http://www.insound.com this is where I buy all my favourite albums on vinyl.
Favourite Movie – That’s easy The Big Lebowski by the Cohen Brothers – “The Dude abides” (The FirstStep.me team bows to your choice!)
If you could live on and have your very own planet what would you name it:
That would be boring, I am too fascinated by people to live on my own planet.
(FirstStep.me takes notes!)
What message do you have for the youth of the world:
Support local music and when I say that I don’t mean crap like Prime Circle, Watershed, The Parlotones and Freshly Ground.