Thursday, May 07, 2009

Confessions Of A Hollywood Blogger

Okay, I didn't talk this over with my publicist. I can just imagine our convo when she reads this. "You weren't supposed to say that!". Oh well, I'm saying it anyway. Why?'s time to try something new, come with a different approach.

1. First, I must confess there are time when I honestly am not sure in which direction I want this blog to go. Entertainment news, movie reviews, red carpets....there's plenty to talk about concerning Hollywood, but what do people really want to read about besides gossip that interests me enough to write constantly about it? The floor is open for suggestions. I began Hollywood: As I Live & Work to give faraway friends and family, a sense of what my life now consists of and to explore Hollywood life beyond glitzy events.

2. Keep it simple or make it a blogging business. Blogging is BIG business these days. Those that make it a business often blog solely for money. They write what their advertisers or sponsors want them to write or want they THINK will produce high traffic--gossip and such. I AM A Professional Writer/Blogger, however, I draw the line at writing anything just for a paycheck. I totally respect the power of words--written and said.

3. I confess covering red carpets ain't as easy I try to make it appear. Yes, I shoot, interview, and edit but damn it's a lot of work. Honestly, I do like talking to actors, musicians, and industry elite but doing it with a camera and/or mike in hand sometimes kills the joy of conversation. To some press is a necessary evil so celebs and the like don't see YOU, they see your job and act accordingly. I'm hardly a reporter. I just like talking to people I find interesting and sharing their good news with visitors.

Most of the professional entertainment writers I know, won't even do red carpets. Why? It's usually too much going on and too many elements out of thier control that get in the way of recording interviews. And too often as well, press is not allowed into the event. However, certain mainstream outlets are seemingly never denied.

And the other reason red carpets can be challenging? Black press is treated like second class citizens. Now here's the part I'm not suppose to tell: Black press is sent to the back of the line, especially for "mainstream" events. We're in the "ghetto" of the carpet---no lights, no step and repeat, and too often celebrities are led right past us. This includes African-American celebs too.

That's confession enough for one blog post. Confession is good for the soul so they say. Now whether it's good for this blog is still a question.

1 comment:

Ahi said...

How refreshing to hear the not so glamourous parts of your job, not to mention the reality of being an African American interviewer/blogger. I think it's important to keep blogs as transparent as you honestly can, for this is how we can get an honest insight into your work. I really appreciate your honesty and so will most readers!