After a career in the ‘glamorous’ world of newspapers, Clune joined GQ three years ago. This issue he jetted off to rehab in Thailand – for purely journalistic reasons, that is. Read the full feature on p114.
WHAT SPARKED YOUR INTEREST IN REHAB?
Speaking to a friend who’d completed treatment in Australia, I was surprised by the level of medication administered to rid him of an addiction to medication. I found that odd – surely there were other methodologies?
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WORKING FOR PAPERS AND MAGS?
Newspapers gift you the ability to write quickly, swear like an army commander and bloat your liver. You’re also told to address an audience of 13-year-olds. Magazines like ours expect a certain level of intelligence – and I’m forever thankful for that.
TIPS FOR BREAKING INTO THE INDUSTRY?
Never fear rejection, and find your voice by writing all the time. Be proactive and take anything thrown your way.
WHAT ABOUT PITCHING TO EDITORS?
Read the publication, have a strong understanding of what they may want and call it by its correct title. Also, triple-check grammar and be succinct.
ANY PHRASES YOU CAN’T STAND?
LA agent jargon like ‘start a dialogue about’, ‘reach out’, ‘reconnect’ have now annoyingly infiltrated my lexicon. And ‘lexicon’.