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Alan Light
Music Journalist
New York City, New York

I met Alan Light at a panel discussion on hip-hop at Housing Works Used Café in New York City. I had read his engaging book on the Beastie Boys, The Skills To Pay the Bills, and I was excited that he would sit down with me to talk about the Beasties, his career, and music. He’s held a variety of positions from Senior Writer, Music Editor, to Editor-In-Chief throughout the years at top magazines from Rolling Stone, Spin, Vibe, and Tracks. The Career Cookbook interview sheds some light on what it takes to succeed in the magazine industry and write about music.
Chad Beckerman
Associate Art Director, Book Publishing
New York City, New York

Chad Beckerman studied Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, but what he really learned while in college was how to problem solve. This is essential in his line of work as an Associate Art Director at Harry N. Abrams, a book publisher in New York City. With his job comes a lot of juggling of projects and personalities. That said it helps to have a healthy sense of humor and people skills, which you will observe in The Career Cookbook interview. Read on to understand the responsibilities of an Art Director, the importance of book jackets, and pick up tips on how to be better prepared for the publishing industry. 
Music Journalist/Author
New York City, New York

While I was interning in the marketing department at Rolling Stone I started reading articles written by Toure. His magazine pieces appealed to me naturally in that he mostly covered hip hop and soul music, which I am very fond of. One day I emailed him out of the blue to ask him about writing. He wrote back and I started going to his events whenever he would release a book, such as his latest, Never Drank the Kool-Aid. Toure has been more than gracious throughout the years with me in talking about his craft as a music journalist and author. Not only that but his writing does everything that great writing should in provoking thought and creating new worlds. The Career Cookbook is thrilled to share Toure's ideas on becoming a better writer and finding work as a journalist. Read on to find out why he'll ask just about anything in an interview and where he sees hip-hop heading.
Alvina Ling
Editor, Children's Book Publishing
New York City, New York

Alvina Ling has always been passionate about books but never thought of publishing as a career possibility until one of her friends mentioned it. While working at a Barnes & Noble as a bookseller she somehow naturally gravitated towards the children’s section. Alvina now works as an Editor for children’s books at Little, Brown. She is a great example of someone following her interests which led to her doing something that she loves. The Career Cookbook interview spotlights the apprenticeship aspect of book publishing, what goes into editing, and how you need to be a bit of a salesperson in championing your projects.