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Mack Hayden

Mack Hayden

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Mack's work combines: Writing, Music, and Being Creative

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Day In The Life

Freelance Writer

I write reviews and conduct band interviews for several music magazines and sites.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Calvary Chapel High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    English Language and Literature, General

    Biola University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Poets, Lyricists & Creative Writers:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: English Language and Literature, General

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Getting a piece on "The Royal Tenenbaums" published in a magazine.

  • 2.

    Writing my first review for Relevant Magazine.

  • 3.

    Writing about my favorite Elvis Costello record for Paste Magazine.

  • 4.

    Interviewing Speedy Ortiz.

  • 5.

    Interviewing Stephen J. Dubner, author of "Freakonomics."

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Peers:

    You're an English major? Good luck not making any money when you graduate.

  • How I responded:

    Here's the thing. If you're a creative person, you have two choices. Run the risk of making no money doing what you love or taking on a career that'll guarantee you a better income but a worse-off soul. As for me, I'd take the latter with the slight modification that you can work stable side jobs while pursuing what you really want to be doing. Also, the goal at a young age should be to live well enough to afford an apartment, food, books, albums & a Netflix account. Beyond that, it's all extra.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • Since I can remember, I've struggled with depression. It's one of the things which made me love art so much in the first place. Music, books and movies are comforting. But seek help, find a good therapist and know it's possible to get better.