#YGSS | Ep 18 | Marc Fennell




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You've Gotta Start Somewhere

Marc Fennell

You've Gotta Start SomewhereWelcome to episode eighteen of You’ve Gotta Start Somewhere (#YGSS).

In this episode, radio and television host, Marc Fennell talks about why he decided to give up the role of ‘That Movie Guy’ on Triple J, how his Asian work ethic has gotten him to where he is today, what he’s learnt about interviewing celebrities and why Brendan Fraser throwing a newspaper at him taught him an important lesson about how to treat movie stars.

See below for a full rundown of the episode…

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  • Fantastic insight into media industry.
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    Great podcast with great insights. But most importantly, I've attained a newfound respect for a lot of your guests. You only hear so much from mainstream media outlets, but when these people are telling their stories, you garner so much more. So thank you for that and apologies to those in the industry who have to put up with constant prejudging but still put on a brace face. I know the majority of the population couldn't do it. But we forget they're normal human beings just like us. Ps. Rachel, have you ever gone blonde? You should try blonde. I think you'll suit blonde. Worth a shot

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Show Rundown

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In this episode, host of SBS Viceland’s The Feed, Marc Fennell talks about…

00:30 … why he decided to hand over the role of “That Movie Guy” on Triple J

03:44 … how he fell into movie reviewing

04:27 … getting approached to fill David and Margaret’s shoes on The Movie Show when he was 19

07:43 .. why The Movie Show didn’t work and what he learnt from the experience

08:34 … how his experience on The Movie Show influenced his Triple J reviews

09:10 … the importance of finding a hook

09:33 … the joy of reframing a movie for people

10:08 … why he likes to have creative control over the content he makes

11:50 … why video editors hate him

12:50 … early traumas and how they impact the rest of your career

13:44 … how insecurity from early failure can be unhelpful

14:12 … his plan to get to Triple J and how he got there

15:35 … getting a job at FBI

17:07 … how boredom encouraged him to apply for Hungry Beast

18:33 … biting off more than you can chew and chewing like crazy

18:40 … how he learned he should never do a comedy show again

21:25 … his time on Hungry Beast and why it wasn’t what he thought it would be

25:35 … why he almost didn’t come back for Season 2 of Hungry Beast

25:54 … why Andrew Denton wasn’t sure he was cut out for the show

26:30 … how he changed when he came back for Season 2

27:56 … the difficulties of getting things across the line at the ABC after The Chaser’s “Make a Wish” sketch

28:49 … the importance of YouTube in television

29:23 … missing out on the Hungry Beast hosting job

30:53 … the power of not needing something

31:35 … why hosting a show became a huge thorn in his side

33:34 … how The Feed came about

34:59 … his crash course in live TV

36:49 … why he thinks he’s got the best job in the world

37:40 … how Facebook has changed the way they make The Feed

37:58 … how The Feed has grown into its name

41:22 … his desire to make his interviews different from the mainstream

42:47 … the punish of celebrity junkets

43:29 … what makes a successful interview

43:46 … how owning the room can help you get more out of a guest

44:37 … interviewing Zac Efron even though he wasn’t a fan of Baywatch

46:12 … the random way his interview with James Blunt came around

47:16 … how years working as the movie guy for Channel 10 helped his interview style

47:46 … interviewing Will Smith and why it wasn’t the best

49:36 … why Brendan Fraser threw a newspaper at him

51:17 … learning to think about what an interviewee wants to get out of a chat

53:43 … how he prepares for an interview

55:31 … what he wanted to be when he was a kid and why films have always been a part of that

56:04 … what he loves to do most on his show

56:53 … how growing up in the digital age meant he was perfectly placed for a career in media

58:13 … what he learnt from having his first TV show axed before he was 21

59:00 … the importance of having multiple things on the go

59:12 … the first time he decided to leave a job

01:01:54 … how offers come out of the woodwork when you take control of your career

01:03:32 … his favourite Andrew Denton-ism

01:05:23 … why it’s better to try and fail than not try at all

01:06:28 … the story behind #MarcFennellOutfits

01:09:50 … the best and the worst thing about the industry

01:11:44 … how a career in the public feeds on your insecurities

01:13:50 … how social media and trolling has changed the game

01:15:47 … his love/hate relationship with the internet

01:17:47 … how you need to see yourself when you’re in the media

01:09:07 … how his afro has haunted him

The final five…

01:19:38 … the biggest career bullet he’s dodged

01:21:40 … his biggest regret

01:22:23 … why The Feed in its current form is his dream gig

01:24:15 … a big idea he’s yet to get up and why he wants it to be in the world of podcasts

01:26:37 … what he’d be doing if he wasn’t in media

01:27:21 … his advice to people wanting to get into the business


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