James Jennings

I’m a writer, sub-editor and presenter with over 18 years’ experience producing content for online and print. Former Editor at Empire magazine AUNZ. Have written for Empire, Rolling Stone, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Walt Disney Company, StarWars.com.au, ohmy.disney.com, Foxtel.com.au, Kidspot.com.au and FHM. Advertorial and corporate copywriting clients include Telstra, Harvey Norman, IMB Bank and Express Glass.

Sub-editing: Empire, Rolling Stone, Vogue Living, Body + Soul, Handyman Magazine and more.

Presenter for Q&As with Steven Spielberg for Ready Player One; Quentin Tarantino, Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell for The Hateful Eight; Jon Favreau for The Lion King; Anthony and Joe Russo for Avengers: Infinity War and M. Night Shyamalan for Glass. Video host for the Australian premieres of Rogue One, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Others skills: CMS usage, e-newsletters, social media management, proofreading, video editing, photo editing.

I love to collaborate with others and pride myself on being able to nail the tone of voice for any writing job, whether it’s a piece on Toy Story 4 aimed at tweens on ohmy.disney.com or providing website copy for a corporate client like IMB Bank.

I enjoy the variety of work that comes from freelance writing and my overall goal is to make each job I complete compelling, clear in conveying its key messages and fun to read.

my core skills

writing

sub-editing

scriptwriting

video editing

presenting

Q & A

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

Getting to interview some of my heroes, including Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Kurt Russell, Jamie Lee Curtis and Samuel L. Jackson.

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

Currently a mix of at-home and office work where I'm doing a variety of writing - everything from online copywriting for corporate clients to gig reviews to parenting articles on being a single dad!

Describe your working environment in a few sentences..

If I'm working from home I like to get my hippie on - light some incense, light a candle and get cracking.

What sets you apart from other freelancers in your industry?

I have a deep passion and knowledge for all things film, music and pop culture and reckon I have a skill for getting great interviews out of people.

What are the tools of your trade?

Laptop, a good supply of snacks and a stereo.

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

I've collaborated with designers. videographers, writers, picture editors and a whole bunch more. The key to making it work is to be open, clear, honest, respectful and approach everything with a good sense of humour.

Whats been the biggest freelancing lesson to date?

Be a good person, do good work and you'll always have interesting opportunities float your way.

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