Friday, 1 October 2010
Who are you (and where are you from)?
The numbers going up has been a real boost as otherwise, its been a bit of a crappy week. I wanted to write truthfully on here so if that's the case, I should write about the times when you're not getting anywhere with your pitches to magazines. I have a really good story about Ben, who was the in-house photographer at a New York club in the mid 80s - his photos are choc full of celebrities, most of whom are at the beginning of their career. Lisa Edelstein is there, 20 years before 'House', Russell Simmons, hanging out with Scorpio from Grandmaster Flash, young artists Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Rick Rubin and the Beastie Boys, BB Buell (Liv Tyler's mum)...the list goes on. Specifically, I was hoping the Saturday Telegraph magazine would take it, just because they are great at giving space to both words and pictures for photo-stories. They've turned it down though, as 'there isn't enough narrative'. Frustrating, as I think the narrative would come from a finished piece once commissioned. Also, to 'fess up, there were a couple of typos in the pitch - who's going to commission a sloppy writer? Very embarrassing. I'm going to push on with this one to other magazines and papers and if no one bites, you'll see it on here. I also pitched something to Short Cuts in G2, but no joy with that one either.
On top of that my leg is fecking killing me but I'm determined not to whinge as it was my own bloody fault! To leave you with something good to read, here are a couple of links to features on Rachel Johnson, sister of Boris and editor of The Lady. I wouldn't pretend to know her very well though I've worked for her in the office and she ran one of my pieces of course, but my feeling is The Guardian feature gets her spot on and to my mind, is a great interview by Zoe Williams. A great phrase Zoe uses is 'superior conversation-management' - its something I wish I had. First read Rachel's boss saying 'You can't get her away from a penis' here and then the Grauniad one here