Ben Tambyah – Sucker Magazine
Who are you? And what do you do?
I’m currently 21 years old, recently deferred Uni (Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing), and am a bartender for work. Nothing beats travelling, beer, and music. For just over 2 years now, I’ve been running my own youth culture/lifestyle and fashion magazine; Sucker Magazine.
How did you get into Media and Events?
I got into the events side of things with the magazine because I felt like it’d be a fun way to engage with my audience and Sucker’s fan base. I started throwing parties at Rad Bar in Wollongong, and in recent times have gone onto hosting them at venues in Sydney, Cronulla, and Of course the hometown, Wollongong.
What do you like about your job?
I love that Sucker can not only bring people together, but showcase and encourage the exposure of creative talent and skill locally. I get to talk to and meet so many young geniuses when scouting content for issues. It’s a lot of fun. I didn’t realise how much of a passion I had for fashion, music, and art until I began this journey.
What are challenger’s you face in your career?
Plenty of challenges arise, don’t be misled! Firstly, a printed magazine is extremely difficult to process and throw out on the market. Everything is easily accessible online now. People don’t understand the time and expenses it takes to give someone something they can touch and look at, but personally, it makes the experience so much more worthwhile.
Advice for someone wanting to enter into media
My own venture has allowed me to meet so many great people and contacts, and this helps grow Sucker. I know for a fact that it won’t be simple and sometimes the easy option is to bail, but if you remember why you began the process in the first place, you’ll be sweet!