Jack Phillips


Today, I am proud to say that I am an award-winning writer, photographer and video producer but my path through journalism hasn't been a straightforward one. Leaving university in London with a Masters I was thrust into a world heavily hamstrung by the GFC. With few cadetships on offer, I fixed Henry hoovers for a year (badly) before I finally secured my first newspaper internship in London. It was whilst there that I became sure that telling stories was the right pathway for me. I have sought to do just that ever since. I moved on to work at a variety of titles and held a senior position at Monocle Magazine in London before hop-footing it to Australia a few years ago to work for The Seven Network and later GQ Australia, where I became the recipient of two Digital Magazine Awards and two Webby Awards. I established Sydney-based content agency Köllectve in 2018 and continue to write for leading titles including: GQ, Men's Health, The Financial Times, Monocle, The Sydney Morning Herald, Broadsheet, The Smith Journal, Outdoor Magazine, The Upsider, Dazed & Confused, Vice, The Australian and The Guardian. I often travel in pursuit of a great story and love nothing more than immersing myself in a story then tasking myself to tell it in an entertaining and informative way. In 2019 alone I have worked with clients to write, photograph and report from Singapore, Italy, UK, Switzerland, Spain, Canada and Mexico.

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Q & A

Whats the best thing to happen to you in your career to date?

I have had the opportunity to meet so truly amazing people during the task of telling stories. I've spoken with professors, artists, musicians, tribesman, hardened journalists, war vets, fashion designers, entrepreneurs and everyone in between. It's the variety and not knowing what is around the corner that keeps my career vibrant and interesting.

What does a typical work week look like for you?:

The only consistent think about a work week for me is that I write and I take photographs. The location is never so typical. I could be in an office in Surry Hills, holed up in an Internet cafe in rural Asia or on a train balancing a laptop precariously on my lap.

Describe your working environment in a few sentences..

My working environment is varied and always interesting. I enjoy surrounding myself with writers and other creatives. As a freelancer it is often the case that I work alone and in isolation so I always try and create a balance that helps me focus and continue to be inspired.

What sets you apart from other freelancers in your industry?

I'm a versatile content creator that has experience across news, lifestyle, newspaper, magazines and broadcasts. Across TV, broadcast and publishing the end goal is always to tell a story in the best way that fits the medium. So as much as I regard myself as a competent and experiences writer, its the sum of these parts that gives me a distinct skillset, approach and knowledge base.

What are the tools of your trade?

A laptop, a DSLR, a recording device or failing that an iPhone and an internet connection. With these three things I can work anywhere.

Do you collaborate with others? If yes, how does that works?

I often collaborate with other writers, photographers and videographers throughout my work. Sometimes I am part of a team or larger crew helping to tell the story of a brand for their own channels, At other times I am a journalist working for an outlet with colleagues to craft editorial narrative for broadcast or publication. With more commercial work I am constantly collaborating with brands, account managers and marketing leads to ensure authenticity and brand messaging, It's a collaborative process that can lead to some fantastic content creation results.

Whats been the biggest freelancing lesson to date?

Don't apologise or make excuses for what or how you do. There is this assumption that freelancers don't tend to do much work and often this means you find yourself explaining what you do, how and why to a lot of different people. I have learned to see freelancing as a skill like anything else. Some people are great at it, some are not. Some people are cut out for it, others are not.

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