Ann's Open Road
Self Confidence (0:30)
Dedicated Poverty (0:51)
Be Determined (1:04)
Public Television: Season 1
Rock Journalist/Senior Curator
Experience Music Project
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- Believed in the Freudian concept that whatever fulfills you at age five will be what you love your whole life.
- She felt nerdy, like an outsider as a child, so she retreated into reading and writing.
- Was willing to go into "dedicated poverty"-eating only ramen, wearing second-hand clothing-to pursue her dream of writing.
- Parents thought she should get a teaching license as a fallback, but she was determined, didn't want to play it safe.
- Says in the writing profession, or any profession, you have to get used to rejection and failure.
- When you get the "post-breakup" feeling of, "I'll never work again," just keep going, know you'll find something new.
- Says when you're young, you should be working on who you are as a person; leave your career to your thirties.
- Don't feel the pressure to immediately do something huge or work somewhere prestigious; develop your own ideas first.