Ira Glass and yours truly.
On Tuesday night, I volunteered at WGBH for an event celebrating the release of Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound edited by John Biewen. The book is a collection of essays from various influential radio documentary practitioners and, from what I've read already, it is fabulous. The editor, Ira Glass, Jay Allison, and the Kitchen Sisters were all there to talk shop. I felt very lucky to be a part of it all. I accidentally morphed into an Ira Glass groupie and asked a WGBH staffer to snap a picture. Couldn't resist.
Everyone on the panel had some really compelling thoughts to share. The most pertinent to me was when Ira Glass said, "There's a period when your ambition exceeds your actual ability." He started at NPR when he was 19 and he says he wasn't competent at his job until age 27. And now he is the gold standard. It made me feel a little better about my present situation. It seems as if I am applying for every single public radio job on the planet. The interview for the producing position at WNPR in Hartford is the only interview I've scored. It is hard to stay motivated, but I'm sticking with it!
Since I finished The Daily Sixty project, I have kept busy with producing and directing a variety show centered on the '80s and '90s. I needed an idea to drive the narrative and came up with sibling rivalry. One sibling wants to watch Saved by the Bell and one wants to watch MTV which incites a fight over the remote. So, when the NBC fan won TV time, we had a Saved by the Bell plot going and when the other won, we had old school MTV represented by music videos and performances. So many wonderful people were involved and it gave me a chance to practice creating and editing music and sound cues. We were competing with a couple other groups and GOOD NEWS! We won Best in Show. Huzzah! You can check out the skeleton of the show, script, music/sound edits, and the host of people involved here: http://www.theinfamousdance.com/lp2show.html