Me on Camera Twice in a Week!!
I’m a very camera shy person, so it was more than a little unusual that I appeared before the lens twice in a week recently.
The first time was on a cable newsmagazine show called Arts in the City. It’s hosted by Carol Anne Riddell, a former WNBC and NY1 anchor and reporter. She did a segment on the craft beer boom in NYC and I served as the expert talking head. I think it went very well. It’s here.
The second time was personal and intimate. A Columbia Journalism School student did a short biographical documentary on me focused on my writing career and some of the obstacles. I frequently interviewed for staff jobs and was told that I didn’t work hard (not at all true, I’m a workaholic; it runs in my family). The filmmaker chose not to focus on the other obstacles that I faced: I was sometimes told that the papers “weren’t looking for a diversity hire” and now at 61, I’m just plain too old for serious consideration. Still, I think it’s a compelling bit of filmmaking.
Oh yeah, and the leggings are by Carbon 38.
Martin Johnson is a freelance writer whose work on music, sports and culture has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, NPR, Wine Enthusiast, Zagat, Jazz Times, New York Times, Newsday, New York, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Huffington Post, The Root, Slate, The Atlantic, and numerous other publications and websites. He also blogs at Rotations, and he can be contacted at email@example.com.