Ann's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Destination Unknown

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Seattle, WA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 1

  • ON DVD:

ANN POWERS

Rock Journalist/Senior Curator
Experience Music Project

“If you don't learn who you are first, you'll just be like everyone else.”

INTERESTS:

Journalism Music Writing

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Confidence Failure Individualism Planning Dedication

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

childhood, dedicated poverty, Freud, ideas, poor, reading, rejection, self discovery

BIOGRAPHY:

  • 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.

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