Fake It 'til You Make It →
Fwiw, I read this story at the Pitchfork Festival a few weeks back. When I wrote it I thought “I’ll probably post this on tumblr later” so here it is.
My first “fake it ‘til you make it” story is not nearly as big. With very little experience under my belt, I somehow convinced Rachael Maddux to let me interview Fergus & Geronimo for Paste, so I contacted them (I think via Myspace, jesus) and eventually called both Andrew Savage and Jason Kelly and very nervously conducted two phone interviews.
About a year or so later, when I was a Pitchfork intern, Mark asked me if I wanted to interview some bands at the festival. I talked to Kurt Vile, and I flubbed just about every sentence I uttered to him. I was a huge fan of the guy’s records and I had just watched him do an incredible version of “Hunchback”, and I hadn’t done an in-person interview with someone I admired this much, so I was visibly shaking. I feel bad for anyone who overheard that—I don’t think either of us seemed very comfortable.
I also talked to the Tallest Man on Earth, and when I told him that I had run out of questions, he shook his head and wouldn’t let me leave. Through a mouth full of food, he said, “What are you thinking about right now?” Sweet guy.