10 mins with...Joss King Head Writer
Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes on Shortland Street?
We chat to Joss King who works as Shortland Street's Head Writer.
In a nutshell, what does your job entail?
Riding on the coat tails of many much more talented people.
How did you find yourself at Shortland Street?
I left Uni with a totally useless B.A in ’93, was told that if I wanted to be a writer I should just get a job at a bookshop. But Shorty St had just started wowing NZ and I wrote one letter to Rachel Lang that changed the next 20 years of my life.
A typical day at work for you involves….
Drinking coffee, arguing, laughing, crying and drinking more coffee.
How long have you worked at Shortland Street now?
Long enough to remember the sunny days of the studios at Browns Bay where we felt like the rebel outcast of the local TV industry.
What do you love most about the job?
Drinking coffee, arguing, laughing, crying and getting paid for the pleasure!
What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Trying to please everyone.
What advice could you give people who would like to pursue a career in your field?
Work in a bookshop!