Author, Journalist, TV & Radio Presenter: Samantha (Sam) Brett

Samantha Brett is Australia’s #1 dating expert, author, journalist, TV & radio presenter. She is the author of the new bestseller “The Chase” and writer of the long-standing top news blog in Australia ASK SAM

Samantha Brett is an internationally recognised expert on all things dating, sex and relationships. As an author, columnist, writer, TV and radio host, she is featured daily on media outlets across the globe including the E! Channel’s “SEXIEST”, expounding wisdom on all things dating, relationships and sex.

After the success of her first book “Luv ‘n Txt: The Secrets of Text Appeal” – Samantha was labeled as the world’s first “TEXPERT” and soon after, she was given the opportunity to write a daily dating column for Australia’s most widely read newspaper, The Sydney Morning Herald.

An exciting young Australian talent, Samantha Brett has lived and worked as a journalist in New York at The Fox News Channel, in Los Angeles and Sydney.

She has written for many prominent magazines and newspapers including:

Cosmo, FHM, Vogue, 9to5 Magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald, and The Sun Herald and currently writes regular advice columns for Cosmo and FHM.

In 2007 and 2008, Samantha worked as the Australian correspondent for E! Online’s “PLANET GOSSIP” and in 2008, she filmed commentary for the E! series “SEXIEST” which is currently showing around the world.

Sam has recently created, produced and hosted a television series titled “The S- Word: Sex Secrets USA” filmed in LA and New York interviewing the world’stop psychologists, authors, celebrities and sexperts, including Heidi Klum, Eva Mendes and Neil Strauss, on all things sex, dating and relationships.

Sam is currently writing her fourth book and bides her time between LA and Sydney.

Describe yourself in 3 words: Ambitious, loyal and loving

What is your life motto? It’s now or never baby!

When did you start pursuing your career and how long did it take to become successful?
I started pursuing my career the day I left school. I immediately walked into the newsroom at Channel Ten and loved every minute of it. Hence I decided to study journalism/law at university after that. While I was studying I tried to do as much work experience as possible (unpaid of course!). I worked at magazines, TV channels, newspapers etc.

By the end of my university degree, I had lived and worked in New York at the Fox News Channel, Sky News, Seven Network, Channel Ten and 9to5 magazine. I landed a job at Vogue magazine, to help launch Australia’s Vogue Girl and then worked at New Woman magazine, before landing my dream job as a dating/relationships columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald. So all in all, it took about 5 years. I also released my first book the week the column started.

How many hours did you dedicate to pursuing your dream?
Way too many to count! I’m always looking at new ways to expand and thinking of new things I can do, pitching ideas and writing down notes.

Describe how difficult the business really is?
The media industry is extremely difficult – but worth it nonetheless! It’s tough to break into and to keep momentum as there are always new and exciting things happening and it’s really competitive too.

What is the mistake that taught you an extremely valuable lesson?
Trying to do too many things at once. It’s important to focus on one project at a time and not juggle to many balls or they’re bound to drop at some point or another!

What is the best piece of advice you have been given to date?
“You chose to be in this business – so suck it up!”

What is the piece of advice that you weren’t? Stick around long enough and you’ll be able to work your way up the ranks. Even if it’s boring!

In your mind, is formal training essential?
Absolutely. My journalism degree was invaluable, as was my law background. But I have also studied TV hosting, broadcast journalism, sex and relationship coaching, feature writing, pitch writing and book writing.

What are some steps emerging talent can take to start/further their career?
Do as much work experience as possible, find your niche and get some published works under your belt – even if it’s only in the local magazines.

What kept you going when you felt like giving up?
Passion for what I do, and the hundreds of emails I get from my readers, who tell me how much they’ve learned from my columns and how some of them have helped salvage their relationships, or to better understand themselves and their partner. How can you give up after hearing that!

Do you believe that ‘making it’ is about luck and being in the right place at the right time?
I believe it is: preparedness meets opportunity.

For more info on Sam. check out her out on www.samanthabrett.com

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