I know where I’m going next I’m in L.A!
AB: [Laughs] It’s on the East side, Echo Park. It’s really cool.
I was reading that you majored in African and Middle Eastern histories as well as studying comparative religions like you were just talking about and I found it so fascinating because I’ve been working on spiritually inspired projects and I have a great interest in other cultures. I have my Conversations With Punx project that I’ve been releasing as zines.
AB: That’s awesome, that’s so great! I saw that I your website. It’s so good someone is keeping that tradition alive, zines are so cool.
I’ve heard there may be a TV show coming up featuring you?
AB: Yeah there’s been a couple of things. I had one producer a few years ago who… I don’t know, I was on the fence about being the subject of it and that’s kind of what he wanted to do. He wanted to kind of base a reality show around my life. A lot of it was accurate – at least the work stuff – but not all reality shows are really reality [laughs]. That didn’t really fly and I’m glad, it was just with the wrong person. There’s a show in development for the Sci-Fi channel with Tommy Lee. They shot some stuff with Tommy and I. They’re still formulating what it will be but I may be on that. That would be really cool. TV is so crazy though because executives change.
I love a lot of shows on that channel, I’m very into a lot of the subject matter they feature. Pretty much that kind of stuff and interviewing is what I do and study. With my interviews I do, I always have the subjects tell me ‘I don’t know why I’m telling you this but I trust you for some reason’ and I get told ‘I’m psychic’ a fair bit too. I have a real knack for tuning into things, situations and people.
AB: That’s a lot of it, listening, taking things in. You can only do that if you are in touch with yourself, that’s the truth. I’ve watched other interviewers and there’ll be several other magazines ahead of me at interviews and you can just tell if someone is thinking more about themselves and the way they are being perceived than in what the person is saying then they have already missed a lot, they’re not going to get the best interview. A lot of writers and a lot of journalists are very self-conscious and that has to pretty much stay out of the interview process. You have to get over it and pretty much do what you have to do to not think about what your neuroses are. You’re probably just comfortable with who you are and you’re just in that moment.
I do so much research like you do too so I am comfortable in what I’m doing and I’m prepared for wherever the conversation will go but I still get a slight moment of anxiety before I pick the phone up to call the interviewee or walk into the room where they are. I’ve put it down to just caring so much about it, I mean ultimately my goal is to let them tell their story, or talk about what they’re super passionate about and hope that when someone reads the finished product that they get inspired in their life.
AB: Absolutely, it’s sharing knowledge. I think your pre-game jitters is pretty healthy. You’re like an athlete in the locker room before you take the field [laughs]. It’s totally normal.
I think I’ll worry the day I don’t have that.
AB: Yeah ‘cause it’s an awkward process, it’s like a blind date but you probably know more about the person than you would on a blind date [laughs]. It is sort of like that. You know what you’re going to talk about but you’re not sure if it’s going to go well.