Everyone at ACCLAIM has been working hard to put together this year’s CARBON Festival, a premier contemporary creative-culture event that sees us fly over some of the biggest movers and shakers for various creative fields for one week of art exhibitions, parties and educational forums around Melbourne. We’re really stoked on the line-up we’ve put together this year so we’ll be featuring Q&As from some of the CARBON 2012 speakers leading up to the event.
First up is Nic Fensom, the mind behind the wonderful SNEEZE Magazine, a favorite among everyone here at the office and one of the few magazines left that are still pushing the boundaries and limits of the magazine medium in terms of concept, layout, features, advertorials and even size. He’ll be speaking in the New Media Takeover forum on the 28th of April, but for now here’s a few quick questions we threw at Nic.
Who are you and what do you do?
Nic Fensom and I do Sneeze, a poster-size publication.
Why did you choose your career field?
In college I ended up volunteering and then working for the school’s student newspaper. It was a small crew of geeks putting something out there twice a week for people to read. It was rad. I was hooked on being part of an editorial team. That started everything for me.
What do you think was the highlight of your career so far?
Lots of little highlights. Every time we make something happen is a highlight. Putting our custom vending machine/streetboxes in The Standard hotels was a big highlight. Being invited to be in Australia as part of CARBON 2012 is a highlight. Career highlight? Not yet.
Who are some of the people that you look up to and why?
The people I work with and deal with on a regular basis. I have so much respect for them and never want to let them down. But to name some names, Bradley Carbone, Kenneth Cappello, Will Carpio, Ben Colen, Federico Barahona, and Angelo Baque.
What would be the best advice you could squeeze into one sentence?
You’re only as good as the people around you.
In our globalised community, do you think places like Australia are becoming more relevant than ever?
Sure. Not everything happens in New York. Australia seems to be going off more and more. The flight from NY to Australia really sucks though.
In our technological world it’s hard to disconnect from the phone, emails and RSS. Do you think it’s a good or bad thing?
It’s the best thing ever and the worst thing too.
What do you do to unwind and switch off when you want some alone time?
Ultimate solo sesh: pizza and movie.
What do you think is in store for your industry in the near future?
Near future? Pretty much the same craze as now. iPad 27″ to view mags on?
CARBON 2012 will be held from 27th to 29th of April, with the week preceding filled with side events.To find out more information about CARBON 2012, visit www.weareallcarbon.com