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You've Gotta Start Somewhere

You've Gotta Start SomewhereLeigh Sales

Welcome to episode fourteen of You’ve Gotta Start Somewhere (#YGSS).

In this episode, Leigh talks about how Australian politics feels like Dubbo city council when you return from covering the White House, her thoughts on politicians refusal to give a straight answer, the social awkwardness of political interviews and her dreams of becoming a Broadway superstar.

See below for a full rundown of the episode…

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Show Rundown

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In this episode, host of ABC’s 730, Leigh Sales talks about…

00:56 … the perils of meeting your idols

02:03 … what her great dream was when she started out in journalism

03:32 … the pressure of coming out of uni during the recession

04:03 … when her love of journalism formed

06:27 … the uncertainty of the business

07:08 … the importance of being in the moment

08:18 … her first job in the media

09:40 … the importance of keeping your ego in check

13:11 … whether she’s had control over her career path

14:00 … why you need to say “yes” even when you think you’re out of your depth

16:07 … her reservations about the 730 gig and why she couldn’t say no

16:42 … her first night in the hosting chair

18:35 … the first job where she thought “I’m on my way”

19:49 … why she thinks you should do jobs you love for longer

20:06 … the path to becoming the Washington Correspondent for the ABC and the importance of being well-rounded

21:00 … the problem of getting a high profile quickly

21:48 … the job that taught her the most

22:51 … the importance of getting a good grounding in performance

24:15 … suffering from imposter syndrome

24:49 … the importance of being prepared

26:36 … how she’s deeply ingrained in the process of coming up with content for the show

27:25 … the importance of integrity in her job

28:36 … why she kicks herself after some interviews

29:40 … her time as the Washington Correspondent in the wake of 911

32:42 … the life of a foreign correspondent

33:34 … why she came home from Washington

34:24 … the difference between Australian and American politics

35:28 … missing the buzz of Washington

35:58 … having a front row seat to history

36:45 … seeing where people end up when you’ve been in politics a long time

37:40 … the benefit of having a depth of knowledge when you’re working in politics

38:41 … the bizarre nature of short-term politics

39:15 … the era of fake news and Trump

40:04 … the problem with blind faith in politics

41:16 … winning Walkley awards and why you can’t buy into the accolades

43:58 … the bizarre goal of wanting to be on television

44:13 … the terror of having to be across EVERYTHING

45:26 … getting nervous before interviews

46:18 … the difficulty of having a friendship with politicians

47:34 … the social awkwardness of difficult interviews

50:20 … the frustration of spin

52:17 … whether the people around politics are the problem with politics

54:23 … what would happen if politicians agreed with each other

55:07 … the frustration of opposition politics

55:31 … how journalism has changed over the years

58:44 … the best and the worst thing about the industry

59:30 … whether gender has ever been an issue in her job

The final five…

01:05:14 … her biggest regret

01:05:27 … her dream gig

01:05:47 … the big idea she has that she hasn’t done yet

01:06:39 … what she’d be doing if she wasn’t doing this

01:07:28 … her advice to people who want to get into the business


 

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