A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Andy Warhol‘s galaxy to be specific, he stated that “…in the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.” By and large, he has been right. He could have amended that to add “in their own galaxy.” All one has to do is look at such things as the Kardashians and Honey Boo-Boo to realize he was right. Actually, they’re getting a lot more than 15 minutes. And probably at the expense of some other deserving person. All of this is as an introduction to MY 15 minutes of fame.
Now, I don’t expect anyone (thankfully) to create a reality show about my life. I can see the humor and occasional pathos, but not week after week, and certainly not on TV. That said, as I embark on the PR for my photo-documentary book Arn? Narn., I am exposing (in a good way) myself in order to build interest in the book. As the book can only sit there by itself until someone else shills for it, I’ve got the job.
So, in the past week alone, I’ve done two magazine interviews and one radio interview. I won’t know how the mag interviews went until I see them in print in which I’ll probably say, “Yes, they got that right, but did they have to tell everyone I was wearing Dockers!?” A free press indeed.
I think the radio interview went well. Nothing profane was said and nothing had to be edited out. I haven’t received a letter from the FCC for obscenities so that’s probably a good thing. For one who is not used to this kind of focused attention, it’s a weird thing talking with someone while many are listening. Are they rolling their eyes and groaning “What an idiot!”? Who knows?
This week I’ll be doing a live online webinar about the book. There will be no editing on this one for sure. I probably better not watch any Quentin Tarantino movies beforehand so as to not channel any of his characters. Can’t be too careful, right?
So, on one hand Andy was right: everyone will have their 15 minutes of fame. Mine’s lasting a little longer. Whether or not that’s a good thing remains to be seen. But I am grateful for it.