so I know the industry, but it’s beginning to annoy me the amount of work you do for nothing in return.
Example; tonight Band Of Skulls are playing in Melbourne and I’m sitting at home on my laptop.
I interviewed 1 member of the band for 20 minutes, the research I did took about 20-30 minutes and then going back over it to write the interview took around the same, then transcribing the interview for my editor took an additional hour or more and then there is no guest list tickets, album download ANYTHING for the job done as the albums generally go to the album reviewers and the concert tickets to the photographers and live reviewers (in return for photos and a review)… now I know I do the interviews for the experience, lesson, exposure etc but with the value of music and it’s industry declining there’s little opportunity for passionate, music journalists.
I chose to do these interviews knowing there is no pay but when there is no token thanks in return, again and again it begins to tick me off and then we come to this point.
If publicists and promoters would reward those who work on promoting the band and shows it would be a much more rewarding experience and not just me, but offer tickets to other contributors of publications that support your acts and the hard working editors who put in way too much overtime to keep you happy and in a job.
this morning I did an interview with legendary rocker John Garcia.
It was my first interview with John, I had previously had one scheduled but it fell through.
admittedly i’ve been aware of John and his importance to rock music for sometime, but only really given him the attention.
i hadn’t done a phone interview for months now and i’ve been trying to fit them back into my busy schedule.
For me phone interviews are more important than in person, you have the distance, sometimes a delay, accents.. so many barriers you need to overcome to get that personal connection with the talent and it doesn’t always happen, but it’s so rewarded to me when it does.
John is a chatty person by nature, but I could have talked to him and he to me for hours it seemed. He was so open about his emotions, history and personal life and seeming it was his last interview after a day of press it was lovely to have such enthusiasm from him.
so this past month i have put myself out there, taken risks, chances, new opportunities and i feel today, as i sit here too exhausted to even move off the couch that they are paying off.
having diversity, interesting people and a gratifying work life is all i need.
Exciting times ahead! So many ideas bubbling under the surface. So many things on my ‘to-do’ list. Visiting fabulous Melbourne next week!