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I wanted Kurt Loder’s career path when I was a teenager. The man had the BEST job … he interviewed rock stars, wrote books about them, became the know-it-all at MTV alongside Matt Pinfield and had such an official name. Kurt Loder was such a huge icon and influence for me. The dude was like 50 (exaggerating), but still so hip through the eyes of a 14-year-old girl … and rarely did I ever look at adults with such enthusiasm back then.

When I was 20, I had the wonderful and fortunate opportunity to work at one of the most popular music magazines in the Bay Area. That was it … I had the job I always wanted … a music journalist … and I didn’t even begin my adventure at San Jose State University yet. I was interviewing rock stars, reviewing CDs, working in an environment where I was able to listen to music the entire day. Whew … was I one lucky girl. I felt like the kid in “Almost Famous” but with confidence and better taste (yes, the job turned me into a music snob as my friends ever-so-affectionately tease me). I had my dream job and next was Rolling Stone, Spin or NME.

But something hit me then that I didn’t only realize until years later. My specialization was music. I later wrote for another music magazine and continued to accumulated a lot of experience and knowledge in that area. My friends depended on me to identify songs and artists when were in clubs and musical venues. I knew the owner and would get in complimentary. The fun was such fantastic, and I am so grateful for that period of my life. I really had a good time in my early 20s.

Now … and now … I realize that childhood dream was met in some fashion … it was fulfilled … and I had a lot of memorable times. Now that my mid-20s have set in, I have understood that my microscope must zoom out onto other areas of interest to fulfill that new passion and fulfill that new dream. I have taken up new interests in the environment, human interest pieces and sustainable living. I hope these new objectives continue to evolve into something gratifying in a similar fashion as music reporting.

Here’s to 2011 a bit early. And to Kurt Loder … if you’re out there … thank you.


About Julianne Shapiro

Opinions are my own personal ones. My passion for publishing amazing content started when I created a website about one of the most popular British bands of our time, which was featured in Q magazine. On screen, I'm a driven digital publishing professional with more than 8 years combined experience working in marketing, sales, editorial and digital development in the hospitality and publishing industries. I've done everything from interviewing rock stars to marketing networking events for Silicon Valley executives.


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