Ben Judge is the editor of Fest, the largest magazine covering the Edinburgh Festivals. He takes a breather from his hectic Fringe schedule to talk to us about the five things he couldn’t do his job without…
Full name/age/job title:
Ben Judge, 26, Editor of Fest
What does your job involve?
My job as editor is about corralling and making sure that the writers have shows to review or that we have features in the magazine. You’ve got one hundred pages to fill and three days to fill them, so my job is to get them full up with images and content.
Five things you couldn't work without:
1. An iPhone
When you’re running around Edinburgh and you don’t know which way you’re going it’s absolutely essential. And with the amount of phone callsyou have to make, emailsyou have to send,I literally couldn’t do this job without it.
2. An umbrella and a good pair of shoes
This is Edinburgh and although it is summer you are going to spend 50% of the time covered in rain. Also you’re walking three or four miles every day so you need something you can wear to an evening function, while not killing your feet. A nice pair of brown Chelsea boots!
3. My Macbook Pro
It’s one of those great triumphs of design – not only is it incredibly functional but it looks beautiful and is pleasant to use. I’m a real Apple acolyte. It’s one of the few systems where you don’t feel like you’re fighting trying to get it to work.
4. My team
You couldn’t do it by yourself. You need a team of people who know what it is you’re doing and whose opinion and judgement you can trust. We’ve got about 35 people on board – ranging from design staff, photography staff, production staff to reviewers and writers.
5. A really efficient liver
Especially during the first week, with the number of launch parties you go to where there’s a stupendous amount of alcohol. When you have to be up at 9am the next day after drinking a week’s worth of alcohol, being able to process that fairly quickly is important.
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