Journalism as a career can be both exciting and downright draining. There are definite advantages: journalists know everything that happens in the world before the rest of the general population. We have access to public officials, celebrities and small town heroes. Days typically move fast, but that's where the negatives come into play. Journalism is a grind, make no mistake. Sitcoms that are set in T.V. affiliates continue to glamorize the industry without making the average viewer aware of the amount of work that goes into producing the evening news (or daily newspaper for that matter). In a medium sized T.V. market, there's an average of eight people working to get 30 minutes of content on the air. At my station, our evening news is a 90 minute block, so you do the math and figure out just how many people it takes (on average) to tell you about a fatal fire, tornado damage to the house next door and the latest lead paint recall.
The six o'clock news is my responsibility. Like any job, producing a daily newscast takes practice. It takes time to hone a craft and acquire the speed necessary to keep up with a million changes, all the while facing a hard deadline. At this point, I'm quite fast and accurate at my job. That's not bragging, it's just brass tacks. For all that speed and news judgement, there comes a price. People in "unique" career fields tend to form strong bonds with their coworkers. It's a "united we stand, divided we fall" sort of mentality. No one person can get a newscast on the air. Without an integral piece of the pie, the newscast will fail, right before the eyes of thousands of viewers.
The journalism industry has a revolving door. People come and go in droves. The work is tedious, emotions run high and egos are huge. Plus, the pay is not great. Yesterday, one of my good friends bid our station farewell. It's interesting how relationships intersect, and coworkers suddenly become true friends. This dear friend is moving from Ohio to our nation's capitol without a job, but with many dreams. I'm sure he will have much success in the future. Like every person on this planet I too have dreams, but don't know how to go about making them a reality. When I was in college, I wanted a career in broadcast journalism and I've done that. I wanted a graduate degree, so I went ahead and picked up a Masters, too. Still, I don't think I possess the guts needed to leave my relatively secure life, and move to New York or Los Angeles for a music career. I'm at the point where I must have some stability and earn a certain amount of income to support a home, a car, and gigantic music habit.
Back to friendship. Special relationships come from everywhere, when you least expect them. If you're a regular reader of this website, then you know the name Christian Graus. He's a regular commentor and he knows a ton about Metal music. He's also a brilliant computer programmer, and he had the guts to follow his dreams right into that field. Christian and I have only met face to face one time: at Rocklahoma 2007. Now, we exchange e-mail messages daily and talk about more than just music. To me, this constitutes a very nice friendship. Christian recently agreed to an interview for this site. No, he's not a famous musician or even a former member of Bang Tango but he lives a pretty interesting life, halfway around the world in Tasmania.
BBG: How long have you been a die hard Metal fan?
BBG: Who are your favorite bands...and do you have any favorite albums?
CG: Metallica - Master of Puppets is my number one album of all time. My all time favorite live album is Iron Maiden - Live After Death (seeing the tour three times next February). Other bands I love include Accept, Motley Crue, Twisted Sister, Kix, The Angels, Motorhead, Judas Priest, Ozzy.
BBG: Has your love for Metal ever helped you through an incredibly difficult time in your life?
Photo: Allyson with Christian Graus on the final day of Rocklahoma 2007.