In my 10+ years of writing, I’ve had the privilege and the pleasure of meeting and interviewing some of the coolest people on the planet. Granted, who I think is cool may be a bit different than who’s on your list. But as a huge comic book and sci-fi geek, my list of celebrity meet and greets is drool inducing.
Thanks to my lengthy editing stint at the now-defunct Wizard magazine (R.I.P. ol’ girl), I was regularly picking up the phone to chat it up with popular comic book artists and writers. And through a number of comic book conventions, I met many of them and other celebs in person. Stan Lee. Mark Hamill. Kevin Smith and his forever sidekick Jay (Jason Mewes). The Ultimate Warrior. Neil Gaiman. Joe Quesada. I could go on but unless you’re really into comic books (like really into them), the other names wouldn’t mean much to you.
I haven’t worked for Wizard in years though. But that doesn’t mean the perks have stopped. Since starting my own blog, Mommy’s Busy, Go Ask Daddy, a little over a year ago, I’ve rediscovered that exciting creative side to my writing. I can (and do) write whatever I want. As a bonus, I get all sorts of free items from toys to books to video games to cellphone cases. Yes, I even get paid for some posts too. But the fanboy in me still gets to have some fun too.
This past weekend I attended a launch party for Bandai Namco’s new Pac-Man Ghostly Adventures at the Nintendo World Store in Manhattan. Not only did I get a free copy of the game to review, but my son and I got to hang out with Pac himself.
On Saturday, however, I not only got to interview a ton of celebrities tied to Disney’s upcoming animated feature Frozen, but I got my photo taken with them all. That includes Veronica Mars herself, Kristen Bell. When I walked up to stand beside her for a group photo, she happily (I hope) put her arm around me. So I can directly credit hugging Kristen Bell to my writing.
No, I’m not writing this post to show off and drop names. I’m writing to say that you really just never know where your writing talents are going to take you. Whether you blog or freelance, be sure to take some creative time for yourself. Write some things that you enjoy writing about. Make a list of people or companies you’d love to meet and churn out an entertaining tale about them.
Who knows, you may just find yourself having a blast tapping into a side of your writing you haven’t used in a while. And when that happens, you’ll find your regular work improves as well. I absolutely love writing. But when that writing becomes a routinely painful chore, it can grate on you and produce some inferior results. Helping to keep things fresh, no matter your job, will work wonders with your overall attitude.
And if you’re lucky, you may just end up nailing that dream interview you’ve been pining for since childhood. Are you listening, Mr. T?