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.