Interviews

Interview: Melbourne Local, Rebecca Costello

Name: Rebecca Costello

Website: www.themonthly.com.au

Twitter handle: @rebeccacostello

Works at: CEO, The Monthly

What was your first job?

My first job was at 13 years of age working Saturday’s and Sunday’s at the Donvale Craft cottage. It was so exciting to me at the time, Guy Pearce was a regular and my first celebrity crush.

What’s the hardest challenge you’ve had to face work-wise?

Initially explaining what The Monthly was (and how often it was published!!!) to media buyers, nationally.

The Monthly’s in-depth essays have a great impact on society, highlighting the issue to a readership of the publication. Has there been a situation that demonstrates this most to you?

Robert Manne’s in-depth profile on Julian Assange was a significant contribution to understanding why Julian Assange was, at the time, one of the most powerful people in the world.

What’s your favourite part of the job?

Working with a great group of passionate, dedicated people producing an independent publication that makes a valuable contribution to Australia’s cultural landscape.

If there was one issue or idea you would like discussed more, what would it be?

I’m a firm believer in waxing but there still needs to be a greater understanding and adjustment of cultural attitudes towards women in this country.

As the year draws to a close, what in your opinion are the three most significant issues of 2011?

  • The worlds population grew to seven billion and there is still a massive question mark about environmental sustainability
  • The European debt crisis has highlighted inequality, poverty, corruption and greed across the globe
  • The depressing lack of quality political debate in Australia

What’s next?

For me, a holiday is what’s next on my agenda!

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