The Creative Conversation #6 - Jennifer Byrne

This month's Creative Conversation guest was the journalist, broadcaster and book show host Jennifer Byrne. Jennifer is a prominent Australian journalist who has reported for eminent establishments such as The Age and The Bulletin, as well as the television shows Sunday, 60 Minutes and Foreign Correspondent. She is currently the host of The Book Club on ABC as well as its spin-off program Jennifer Byrne Presents.

During the conversation we sat in Jennifer's office in the Arts and Entertainment quarter of ABC studios in Sydney and mouthed off about Jennifer's heady days as a print cadet at The Age in Melbourne, the importance of following your interest and how to prepare for a prickly interview. Jennifer is incredibly passionate and inspiring and spoke to me at length about advice on life and work. Some of the most vital stuff that stuck with me was what she said about taking up new challenges:

If a challenge comes, the more nervous you feel, the more seriously you should take it. Because it means you’re going to learn something. You’re not promising to go in at the very top. But it’s really important to say yes to the random things, the incidental things, cos out of things will come people who open the pathway to you. At the very least if it doesn’t do anything for your career, it keeps your mind active, you remind yourself.  

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