So... I've been mulling this post over for a while. At least a week, maybe more. The reason I didn't post right away is because it's a little more personal than I tend to allow myself to be, especially on this blog. I want to keep this place fun, and happy and exciting, not drag it down with momentary insecurity. However, most of the thoughts have to do with what this blog is all about, or what I wanted it to be about when I started it. So... here we go!
The idea behind Word On The Street was to talk about the entertainment news, shows, music and movies I love. I like to think I'm pretty decent at spotting people who have the potential to go a long way. I owned Muse EPs when they were still starting out playing gigs around Devon, and there's never been a TV talent show where I couldn't predict who would emerge the biggest star (not necessarily the winner). I guess it's the dorky part of me that enjoys those talent shows that gives me the geekery I can't shake off, and stops me from mingling with the cool people.
Because the thing is, I'm really not that geeky. In fact, I like to think I'm fairly interesting. Quirky. Enthusiastic. BUT when I happen to be meeting people I consider cooler than me, everything starts to go wrong.
Have you ever met any bands, artists, actors etc. that you love? If you have, you'll understand how much it means to have them like you. You want to be interesting and witty, but most of all, you want to be yourself. For them to like you for who you are.
It is HARD to balance being myself with maybe attempting to win people over enough to allow them to eventually let them show me my professional side. Because, yes, I do have a professional side! It's just that sometimes I feel like Su Pollard in Hi-De-Hi, chasing the dream of becoming a Yellowcoat, but remaining the maid forever! (Very British Reference - have a Wikipedia link)
I once interviewed John Cho (the interview was another casualty of Yahoo's great article purge - I should republish it here sometime!) That actually happened. And the interview in reality was way longer but I had to trim it down to what was most important. The conversation we had was kind of epic, and I still have the recording, mostly to remind myself that I really did talk to John "MILF" Cho! :p
I guess the main point of all this is to say... I'm not that cool. Not nearly as cool as all the others who interview kickass people. I like cheesy pop, still listen to the occasional boyband, remember all the moves to Macarena, and can Gangnam Style with the kids. But that's not all of who I am. Gimme full on headbanging, bouncing off the walls metal, and I'm there too. And serious stuff? Sure, I like to inject some humour into my work, but don't think I can't get out there and stand up for the things that matter. Occasional rambling aside - I'm pretty good at what I do. So, if I sometimes have a crazy, "OH MY GOD, THIS IS SO AWESOME" moment, or I stumble over my words, or giggle, or talk too much... that's because I have a lot of enthusiasm for the people I believe in. I want everyone to know. I want to spread the word with as many people as possible.
But when it comes to conducting interviews... I got it covered.