kawaiimehappy said: Hi Sean, love your blog! Just curious how you got into writing about TV for a living. Did you study film or journalism (or maybe both?)?
I did study film, although that had little to do with it! After I graduated college I worked as a production assistant on a few shows and movies in NYC. The work was grueling and not rewarding. One day I bumped into an old friend from both high school and college who remembered the writing I’d done for the student newspaper and the sketch comedy group I was in. He told me he was working at A&F Quarterly, Abercrombie & Fitch’s magazine/catalog/soft-porn hybrid thing, as an editor, and that they needed freelance writers. I gave it a shot, enjoyed it, quit my PA job and became an assistant editor there within something like three months. From then on I’ve worked consistently as a writer, mostly covering pop culture in one way or the other. I got plenty of experience writing about music, film, literature, you name it, and interviewing big names in each. Comics in particular have been my specialty — I had a day job at Wizard magazine that I got in part by having blogged about comics in my spare time since 2002 or so. Ditto a freelance gig with The Comics Journal, and covering comics for mainstream publications like Giant and Maxim. But both professionally and on my personal blog at seantcollins.com I would write about whatever struck my fancy. I think Lost was the first show I wrote about regularly, for Wizard. Battlestar Galactica followed.
Cut to 2011. My daughter was born prematurely and spent six weeks in the NICU. Desperate to blow off steam, I started boiledleather just so I’d have a place to write about A Song of Ice and Fire, which I was just crazy about. I wrote about Game of Thrones too, of course, when it finally started airing. In the meantime I wrote about other shows I was watching, like Mad Men and Breaking Bad, just for fun. Eventually I wondered aloud to my good friend Matthew Perpetua, who was then an editor at Rolling Stone, if there was any way I could get paid to do all this TV writing, for which I’d long gotten great feedback from my blog’s readers. Turns out RS was beefing up its TV coverage, so he put me in touch with the right editors to pitch on covering either GoT or Mad Men. I got the GoT gig due to boiledleather. The rest is history!