Sydney Editor, Broadsheet
Go-to culture guide Broadsheet has become the publication in print and online for witty write-ups on restaurants, bars, bands, art, fashion and events. Sydney Editor, Sophie McComas sat down with us to talk work, personal style and how she would spend her last $100.
Outline a typical day in your life.
There’s no real typical day at Broadsheet, and I’m really grateful for that. It could involve anything from press showings at PR agencies, to working through articles with writers, briefing photographers, editing all the day’s content and writing features and news, plus working on our quarterly newspaper.
Why do you get a kick out of what you do?
When our newspaper lands in my hands, after months of work, I really feel connected to what I do. I love the to-the-minute style of digital media, and I thrive off the fast pace, but having that presence in print is really special, and it feels great to work on something tangible as well as something digital at the same time.
How did you get to where you are today?
I think the most important part about getting to where you want to go is a fistful of guts. You’ve got to chase people up, push yourself, write all you can and not really take no for an answer. It all sounds a bit gung-ho, but hey, if you really want something go after it like you’ve got nothing to lose, because you don’t, really.
What is your career highlight?
I still have a long list of things I want to achieve in my career, but some real highlights have been meeting people I never would have met otherwise. Writers, artists, musicians, it’s incredible that a job like this affords you those opportunities, I feel really lucky.
What is on your radar right now?
I’m loving all things Australiana at the moment. From native flowers and ingredients, to prints used in homewares and fashion.
How would you describe your style?
I’m pretty low maintenance and I don’t wear much jewellery. I do like to wear a few layers quite loosely, especially in the summer. I experiment with a little vintage here and there, I picked up a pair of salvaged denim jeans in New York that I’ve been living in this season.
What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
As much as I should probably say my phone, it’s also my camera.
How would you spend your last $100?
A ticket to The National at the Opera House. True story.
How do you find balance in your busy life?
At the moment I’m trying to make more time for myself so I don’t stress out too much. I’m dipping my toes into yoga, and I’ve made a decision to have no Internet at home (which my boss can’t believe) but it’s important to me to have that zone-out space.
What is one of your favourite articles to date in Broadsheet?
We’ve covered so many great things, but I really love the images from this recipe for Café Sopra’s banoffee pie that we ran a while ago. The caramel is mesmerising! I also love this piece we ran on the candle-maker Elise Pioch and her husband Pablo Chappell, who makes bikes. They have such a wonderful life in this incredible old renovated church in Lower Portland with chickens running around and pastries baking in the oven. They are both absolutely wonderful people.