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Alan Light - Music Journalist
Posted: 08/28/2006

Who:
Alan Light

What do you do:
Music Journalist

Where do you work:
New York City, New York

When did you realize you wanted to be a music journalist:
I can’t remember ever wanting to do anything else, which is scary if you wake up in the morning and realize you don’t want to do it anymore. I’m not trained to do anything else. (Smiles)

Why be a music journalist:
Growing up around a newspaper and attending performances with my mother there was this idea of going to see something, you sit down and talk about it, and then it’s in the paper the next day or the day after that. That was how I thought everything works. My father listened to a lot of jazz and there was a lot of music in the household, which I was always drawn to. I started doing bits of writing when I was really little and kept doing it through high school and college. That’s where everything has always pointed me to.

How would you advise others:
You can never read enough. You can never write enough. When people ask for advice you write, you find places to do it, and you do it. You don’t worry about the paycheck at first. You don’t worry about the exposure at first. You say I’m doing this to build a body of work and I’m doing this to see things you learn from seeing your stuff in print that you can’t learn any other way. Now it’s a different world with infinite number of outlets through the web. It’s a different kind of a hustle. Anybody can make their blog, put it up, and have it all there. I think still keeping that sense of discipline and focus are important.