This one's about Taylor Swift.
I'm struggling to write anything meaningful lately. Last night I was feeling irritable from two full days of meetings. Today I just can't find any topic that interests me. I've spent the past half hour surfing Facebook and reading articles about Taylor Swift's victimhood.
I was supposed to interview Taylor Swift in 2007. I'd just graduated college and was working as an entertainment stringer for the Sunday news. I looked at the photos in her press packet and thought: "She's really pretty. Too bad she sings country music."
When her publicist told me she wouldn't be available for an interview before my deadline, I felt relieved. I hated country music.
I looked through my files for the press packet that my editor sent me when he gave me the assignment. I couldn't find it, but I did find a Word doc of questions I'd written in preparation for the interview:
- I read that your grandmother was an opera singer. Did you grow up around a lot of music?
- What attracted you to the country genre?
- What was it like to move to Nashville?
- Is it hard to concentrate on school and promote your music at the same time?
- Have your classmates become more understanding since you’ve had some hits, or were they pretty accepting of your career from the beginning?
- What’s been your biggest achievement to date?
- What are your plans for the future?
- Are you excited to be coming back to your old home state?
My tombstone will read: Almost interviewed Taylor Swift.
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