I did things in my 30s that were ignored by the world, that could have been quickly labeled a failure. Here’s a classic example; in 1974 I did a movie called Phantom of the Paradise. Phantom of the Paradise, which was a huge flop in this country. There were only two cities in the world where it had any real success: Winnipeg, in Canada, and Paris, France. So, okay, let’s write it off as a failure. Maybe you could do that.
But all of the sudden, I’m in Mexico, and a 16-year-old boy comes up to me at a concert with an album - a Phantom of the Paradise soundtrack- and asks me to sign it. I sign it. Evidently I was nice to him and we had a nice little conversation. I don’t remember the moment, I remember signing the album (I don’t know if I think I remember or if I actually remember). But this little 14 or 16, whatever old this guy was… Well I know who the guy is now because I’m writing a musical based on Pan’s Labyrinth; it’s Guillermo del Toro.
The work that I’ve done with Daft Punk it’s totally related to them seeing Phantom of the Paradise 20 times and deciding they’re going to reach out to this 70-year-old songwriter to get involved in an album called Random Access Memories.
So, what is the lesson in that? The lesson for me is being very careful about what you label a failure in your life. Be careful about throwing something in the round file as garbage because you may find that it’s the headwaters of a relationship that you can’t even imagine it’s coming in your future.
Hello everyone and welcome to the final Blogger Spotlight of the week. We told you we hoped to feature more freelance talent in the new year, and the person at the center of today’s post is without a doubt one of the best yet. If you have any questions regarding the content of this blog, or if you would like to learn more information about the services offered by Haulix, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
The world of freelance can be a strange and difficult place. Your are your own boss, to an extent, and the responsibility of managing the various assignments thrown your way falls entirely on your shoulders. Who gets what, which style to write in, and when everything is due is entirely up to you. Some thrive in this environment because it allows them to create a schedule that works best with their creativity, while others struggle to stay afloat because no one is around to hold them accountable.
Luke O’Neil is one of the most driven and professional freelance writers we have come across in the seventh months since this series began. He has written for pretty much every publication worth bragging about, including The Village Voice and Alternative Press. We fell in love with his work through a recent feature he wrote on the supposed return of emo, which you can read an excerpt from below:
'It's been about 30 years since the advent of emo, and while the genre has experienced a variety of well-covered changes over the decades, one thing has remained constant: No one seems to ever agree on how to define it. In part that's because it casts such a wide net — Touché Amoré don't sound anything like Turnover, for example, who sound nothing like Dowsing or Captain We're Sinking or Lemuria and on and on, and yet most anyone would call them all emo bands. Unfortunately, talking about emo forces a sort of musical existential crisis: In order to champion it, you have to admit that it even exists in the first place.’
We could not be more thrilled to feature Luke’s journey on our blog this afternoon. He’s the kind of professional this industry needs more of, and in the interview below he offers some insight on how you too can take your career in writing to the next level.
If you would like to learn more about Luke’s work, please make it a point to bookmark and frequent his website. You can also find him on Twitter. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: For the record, please tell us your job title and a few publications that recently featured your work:
L: I’ma freelance journalist and blogger. I contribute regularly to the Boston Globe, Bullett magazine and MTV. This year I’ve had pieces in Esquire, Slate, The New Republic, Vice, the LA Times, Dazed, the Village Voice and a bunch of others.
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