This is pretty long -- an hour-and-a-half, in fact -- but I suspect that for maniacal fans of Breaking Bad, nothing is too long if it's with their God Hero, Vince Gilligan. Then again, even you've never seen that show, this is a pretty interesting, enjoyable interview with a wonderful writer about his career and craft.
The Writers Guild of America has a series of programs organized by the Writers Education Committee, the chairman of which is my pal Jeff Melvoin who I gather with each week during the football season to watch the Chicago Bears. But I digress. Anyway, for this event, Gilligan -- the creator of Breaking Bad -- talks about a wide range of topics, including Walter White. It all begins with a wonderful tale of how he got started, on The X-Files. But in telling it, you learn one of the best lessons for interviewing for a job -- if you don't care whether or not you get hired, there's a good chance you won't be stressed. And Gilligan, as you'll hear, not only had no expectation of being hire, he wasn't even there trying to get a job. You'll hear a lot more, too. And not to worry, you won't wait until the end, he gets to Breaking Bad about 23 minutes in.
The interviewer is Guild member Chuck Rose.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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