This Q&A with the president of Blood Moon Productions just might be the most satisfying interview ever published. And not only because of his motto: Be brave, sin boldly, and try to have fun marketing your product. It doesn’t say here who posed the questions, and if it was Prince himself, so much the better, because he asked just the right ones.
My first thought is: I’m going to adopt these questions the next time I do an interview. I might even interview myself with them. For instance, “What would surprise most people to learn about you?” Prince notes that his ancestors include Harriet Beecher Stowe and Jonathon Edwards.
Maybe it wouldn’t exactly come as a surprise to anyone, but I have similar reasons for ancestral pride. The gnarly old family tree includes abolitionists, union organizers, and moonshiners. While not having a name recognition factor, still, they were of the American stock that breeds heroes and legends aplenty. And I like that.
I like it that Prince names Werner Erhard as an influential visionary. I still say the est training was the best $300 I ever spent. The Dalai Lama, too, is dear to me, thanks to being one of the few humans capable of saying “I don’t know.”
I like it that Dick Cavett is named as an influential person. I write a fictional character modeled after the Dick Cavett in my mind, and he’s one of my favorites.
And I love what Prince says about indie publishing, just like I love any other advice that tells me to go ahead and do what I want and intend to do anyhow.
Develop a niche that taps into some perceived need or universal curiosity. If somebody’s oral tradition is in danger of dying out, uncelebrated and unwitnessed, try to translate it into literary form before it is lost forever, and then articulate your passion about its rescue.
Here’s another question I’d ask myself or somebody else: “If you were a member of a tribe, what would be your special role in it, and why?” He says,
I’d be the shaman, balancing expediency with long-term benefits to the tribe, channeling wisdom and inspiration from the dead, and articulating creative, morally appropriate solutions to tribal problems.
I like the part about being a speaker for, or of, the dead, a role I seem to have filled pretty often lately. In one friend’s online memorial page I left some words, that his wife told me she printed out and read aloud at the scattering of his ashes. That’s one of the best compliments I ever got.
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