By Roadtrip Nation

Ann Powers


My road in life has been direct.
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.


Rock Journalist / Senior Curator

I'm a music critic and journalist and write about finding, making, buying, sharing and talking about music.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Being Creative

Interviewed By

Wellpinit - Seattle

Wellpinit - Seattle

Continuing on to Wellpinit, Washington, the Roadtrip Nation team interview Bob Brisbois, Tribal Council Secretary of the Spokane Tribe. The team then heads to Seattle to interview Sylvia Matthews, executive director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Next they meet with Jonathan Poneman, founder of Nirvana's original label, Sub-pop Records. Also, the team interview Ann Powers, rock journalist and senior curator of the Experience Music Project.