Fear & loathing on the property beat: Q&A with Content Writer, Adam Warin
You’re on our Property & Finance desk. What are you working on right now?
Just before this, I was researching projected population growth figures for Western Australia. Writing for property and finance clients you learn a lot about how things to do with the economy, politics and demographics all interact with one another.
How did you end up writing for a living?
I wasn’t attractive enough for stripping and couldn’t quite wrap my head around calculus. I also studied journalism so always planned a career that involves a lot of writing. By the time I graduated I’d become disillusioned with idea of working for a newspaper. I’ll always write but I reckon I’ll stick with new media.
What’s your favourite part of the job?
I really like knowing about what’s happening in terms of economics, and how this affects the lives of normal people and businesses in so many ways. I know more about what’s happening in Australia than I do about New Zealand, which as a Kiwi, probably isn’t great during an election year. In fact, I’m totally out of the loop when it comes to New Zealand politics. It’ll be interesting to see what Kim Dotcom does though.
Have you been sharing your real estate knowledge with your mates?
The biggest financial decision my friends and I have to make is finding the cheapest beer. But I’m sure when the time arrives, they’ll all be needing my advice. I’ll certainly be able to explain their home loan options without relying on Wikipedia.
Who’s the real subject-matter expert on your team?
That would be Max (Associate Content Editor). During the weekly brainstorms she gives us all a little lesson on a particular product, process or concept and then we all work on how we’d apply that to our articles. It always leave me in awe.
What are you reading at the moment?
Born To Use Mics: Reading Nas’s Illmatic. This album is 20 years old, but I still listen to it a couple of times a week. Along with Ready to Die by Notorious B.I.G, it was one of my main introductions to hip hop and rap. The book takes an academic look at the album in the context of the socioeconomic conditions and how it was not only a snapshot of the times, but a reflection on the development of black culture up to that point. I guess you could say I like hip hop a lil bit.
If you could interview anyone who would it be?
Not an interview per se, but I’d love to share a beer with the late, great Hunter S. Thompson. He was the reason I first decided to pursue journalism and writing as a career and I would love to hear his thoughts on the current US political climate.
What’s the worst movie you’ve seen this year?
I really didn’t like Gravity. Nobody should have to see that much Sandra Bullock outside of a drinking game or Guantanamo Bay.