Meet The Young Writer Combining Pop Music With Deft Cultural Criticism
Boss of the Week: Dream of writing about movies, music and feminism? Meet your new role model.
Brodie Lancaster is a Melbourne-based writer and pop culture critic, the founder and editor of Filmme Fatales zine, and the brains behind No Way! Okay, Fine—a smart and hilarious new memoir about pop, feminism and feelings.
You know you’ve made it as a writer when Abbi Jacobson praises your “fresh, extremely relevant point of view." But how did she get here? And how can we be more like her? Let’s ask.
What was your first job?
Technically it was one night spent washing dishes at a Mexican restaurant. My first job I had longer than a night was selling pies, ciggies and sliced deli meat at a corner store in my [Australian] hometown. I slacked off and read old dusty copies of Marie Claire and made up mixed lolly bags when I was supposed to be doing other jobs because nobody told me there was a security camera.
What do you “call yourself” now?
A writer and editor. Depending on my confidence level, sometimes I call myself a critic too.
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?
Make the thing. My Facebook memories reminded me I shared this line from Tavi Gevinson's Clinique ad two years ago today and I still need to remember it now.
What does “success” mean to you?
I'm not sure right now. I flip back and forth between thinking self-satisfaction is enough (even though I'm my own toughest critic,) and thinking that to be successful I should be making a living off my work (which is very far from possible). Somewhere in the middle—where people respect me and my work, I feel good about it, and it can pay my rent with enough left over for nice eye cream and the occasional holiday free from night-sweats about debt—feels like a nice place to be. That's the goal I think.
How do you manage stress?
I could lie and say I take a bath or go for a walk but usually I just tune out the world and stay at home alone with food and Netflix until my brain fog clears enough to keep going about my work/life.
What do you wish someone told you when you were 21?
SLOW DOWN, YOU GOT TIME. Also, stop spending all your money on ASOS, you'll develop an addiction. Also, give that guy at the bagel shop your number so you don't get stuck in a silent cycle of liking each other's tweets in six years. Also, learn to talk about money with people who are giving it to you or should be. Also, you look perfect and you're wasting your time hating yourself. Also, wear sunscreen and buy a brush.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
The to-do list I tapped into my phone the night before.
Words: Jerico Mandybur