Chasing the interview: A reporter looks back on the people who make up a career
Despite the stress and the deadlines and the online trolls, I arguably have one of the coolest jobs in the world. As the arts and entertainment reporter for the Victoria Advocate, my day is filled with talking to creative people, attending all kinds of events and writing about subjects that range from zombie filmmaking to do-it-yourself band tours.
Yeah, it's a pretty sweet gig.
So, as I sat down with local entertainer, Chase Brown, in what is likely to be our last interview, I couldn't help but get a little nostalgic. See, Chase was one of my first interviews I did once I was appointed to this beat (well, "appointed" isn't quite the right word ... it was more like as soon as the former arts reporter gave her two-weeks notice, I jumped on my editor's desk, grabbed her by the collar and shouted something along the lines of, "Please, please, please, oh please, I ain't too proud to beg, please, please, please can I take over this beat?).
I'll admit, I was a bit nervous that first interview. I don't know if you've ever seen Chase, but, well, he's a good lookin' dude. And charming. And smells like what I imagine Brad Pitt smells like. Meanwhile, most days, I'm lucky if my hair is even dry, let alone styled, and my lipstick is on my lips, not my teeth, as I rush out the door to work every morning. Needless to say, next to him, I felt like a complete schlub.
As I've gotten to know Chase better over the years, however, that feeling went away. Like many of the local musicians and artists around here, he became one of my trusted sources. And now that he is leaving to move his act to Las Vegas, I, like many others, am sad to see him go.
But there is no doubt in my mind he will be successful.
And, perhaps that is the greatest aspect of my job. Every day, I interview local actors, singers, artists, dancers, filmmakers, writers, photographers and musicians, and every day I am struck by the amount of talent this area has. All of them have the potential to do great things in my eyes. And although not all of them will hit the big time, most of them will continue to create their art or perfect their craft out of the sheer passion they have for it.
Too often, I think people shortchange the amount of creativity and creative people living and working in Victoria and the surrounding counties. But, I'm here to tell you, I see it every day. All ages. All backgrounds. All with an intense love of the arts.
So, Chase, break a leg out there in Sin City. And to the many, many, many talented others I am lucky enough to call my sources and my friends, thank you for making my job so incredibly fulfilling.