The Hammock Papers has sage advice for independents.
Read every day something no one else is reading…
This week, screenwriter and actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge was defending herself against accusations of being posh and privileged.
Whenever someone is successful, others search for a reason. Ideally, that reason should be “unfair” in some way: privilege, poshness, nepotism, even a “natural talent” or “magic touch”.
Clearly, it shouldn’t involve hard work, dedication or focus.
Picture: British GQ/Jason Hetherington
Here’s a little, random inspiration from TV’s Gregg Wallace.
I was in the car yesterday, listening to Graham Norton’s radio show and Gregg Wallace was a guest (promoting a new book by him and his wife). I only really know him from Masterchef, but I thought his story was fascinating for independent professionals.
He started out as a greengrocer, supplying fruit and veg to pubs and restaurants in London. His enthusiasm and passion for locally grown, best quality produce soon led to him supplying most of the top chefs in London:
“I was passionate about it. I cared about it.”
A freelance writer interviewed and wrote a profile on him for a trade magazine. As it happened, she also wrote for BBC Radio Four.
She enthused about him to her colleagues and he was offered a show on the radio.
The radio led to television and his current career.
Throughout it all, he says, the key to his success has been people, rather than produce.
“All the telly I do is about people. Masterchef, even though it’s a cookery show, it’s really about the people.”
My takeaway from the interview: opportunity comes to people who are passionate and dedicated to what they do.
Worth a quick listen, even if you’re not a fan.
The interview starts at 2 hours 10. The link is here (though I don;t know if it will work outside the UK.
Maria Popova reads (apparently without pause) and shares what she reads. Art, philosophy, science and poetry. All literature is there and a visit is never a waste.Continue reading “Reading, sharing and inspiring…”
Drawing on his favourite verses from Meditations, he shows the commonsense, its real-world application of Stoicism. It’s not for “turtle-necked professors”, it’s for the man in the street.
If you’re curious, this is a great place to start…
Nicholas Bate is always worth a visit. His posts are pithy, grounding and insightful.
Here’s a selection from his recent Basics 7 series:
Continue reading “Leave your shelter with Nicholas Bate”
1. Cook: chop, slice, kneed
2. Clear: garage, study, garden
6. Sit outside: fresh coffee, a view, un-focused thoughts.
People often say they want to give up their day-job and follow their passion. They’re going to be a writer, photographer, whatever.
I just don’t have the time or energy to concentrate, the logic goes.Continue reading “Build a new career while still paying the bills”
Something to practice your wry smile on.
In 1972, Orson Welles presented this documentary based on Alvin Toffler’s book of the same name: Future Shock.
The tone is suitably apocalyptic: Orson Welles at his doom-laden best.Continue reading “The premature arrival of the future”
…from Patrick Rhone.
Mostly here: Rhoneisms at PatrickRhone.net.
But also here: TheCramped.com – Celebrating The Unique Pleasures of Analog(ue) Writing.Continue reading “Small but important thoughts…”