Yesterday, I was reflecting on how I've approached my consistent job hunt. I have certainly given some rambled answers in interviews, and I can think of one opportunity specifically that cost me the job. I've been overly enthusiastic a number of times, too bragadocious at times, and even too distant*.
The nice thing about working freelance, though, is how you can develop your skills without having to worry about verbal vomit. I also learn from each episode I create.
*I should also note that I've given some great interviews as well.
So what's good? Today I have two episodes that have some significant takeaways.
MR CORPO is obsessed with pre-reads and saying things in advance but on today's episode, he talks about the many advantages of following up after a meeting.
I selfishly don't want Zadie Smith to quit her day job, but the famed novelist could easily moonlight as a singer. The author of the critically acclaimed, best-selling novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, NW, and, most recently, Swing Time shared her insight on plagiarism, plots, outlines, and publishing. A regular contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books, she has written about everything from Brexit to Key & Peele to her late father. She once flirted with being a cabaret singer, and once you hear our interview, which was recorded live at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater, you'll know why. It was a pleasure and privilege to speak with Zadie about publishing, awards, critics, and to hear her and Lady Rizo sing "Lady and the Tramp."