Quinton Skinner | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 44

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“If you ever get crazy opportunities just make the best of them”

Quinton talks about how working in the arts and for arts organizations by day is bolstered by doing creative work. Quinton talks about how his work as a theater critic rarely felt like a job because it was mostly a looking for work that would be personal transformational. He talks about finding creative ways to showcase the work of other artists in his job as Communications Director at the Guthrie theatre.

“A really intense day job really cuts into your creative outlet”

Quinton talks about working as a ghostwriter. He talks about the powerful effect it had on him to be paid to write and to have external deadlines but also to not have his name on the work he was doing as a young writer. He talks about the rich education that came from knowing he needed to complete book projects in nine-month spans. And about how it allowed him to learn all about the world of publishing through someone else’s work.

QS_1Quinton talks about taking work as a ghostwriter in his twenties not only for the opportunity to write but also because of the need to make a living. He also talks about ghostwriting as a good job to have as a young writer who hadn’t yet found his own voice.

“If you don’t think about the paths that your life could have possibly gone than you can’t think about the paths that your life has gone”

Quinton talks about writing a book on fatherhood, “Do I Look Like A Daddy to You,” during the first year of his daughter’s life. He talks about how the book demonstrates that writing is how he processes things and about how writing the book briefly made him a parenting expert. And he talks about considering writing a follow-up book as a divorced dad with teen children.

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