DAVID HAL­L­I­DAY

GQ (Australia) - - INSIDE -

WRITER

Hal­l­i­day penned the GQ Inc piece on how to get head­hunted (p195). Suc­cess­fully, we hope.

DO YOU PRAC­TISE WHAT YOU PREACH IN THE PIECE?

In terms of main­tain­ing a healthy on­line pro­file that isn’t go­ing to bite me one day, sure.

HOW DO FREE­LANCERS BEST NET­WORK TO GET NEW WORK?

If you’re de­cent at what you do, work finds you. Go to events, reach out to peo­ple, make per­sonal con­nec­tions. Main­tain­ing con­tact with peo­ple even if you’re not look­ing for work is im­por­tant. And when you do sub­mit fi­nal copy to an editor, it’s im­por­tant to con­tin­u­ously try to over-de­liver.

HOW MANY AR­TI­CLES DO YOU HAVE ON THE GO AT ANY ONE TIME?

That all de­pends. There are six on my white­board at the mo­ment, stag­gered over the next cou­ple of weeks. I like to zero on one or two pieces – you need to give each piece ad­e­quate headspace for de­tailed re­search, writ­ing and a few rounds of ed­its.

IS IT GOOD TO BE­COME A SPE­CIAL­IST IN ONE PAR­TIC­U­LAR AREA OF JOUR­NAL­ISM?

There’s a com­mon-sense ar­gu­ment in be­com­ing the go-to per­son for a par­tic­u­lar area, but work­ing along­side that is the joy of writ­ing about some­thing that you love. At that point you en­ter a sort of twi­light zone where work be­comes plea­sure.

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