First Draft Episode #203: Simon Curtis
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Simon’s first big gig was as a part of the children’s choir for a national touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Early on when he got to LA, Simon was able to audition for Johnny Wright, manager for acts like New Kids on the Block, the Backstreet Boys, N*SYNC, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and more.
Simon starred in Spectacular! a Nickelodeon TV movie
Simon made his first album, 8 Bit Heart, after challenges in his acting career threw him into a depression
LeVar Burton from Reading Rainbow and Michael Scott, author of The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, were two of the earliest voices encouraging Simon to write a novel
Michael Strother, who became Simon’s editor at Simon Pulse, first reached out to Simon as a supportive fan of his music online as @CupcakeAndy
I reference Sabaa Tahir’s author journey, where she spent six years writing her first novel, Ember in the Ashes, and then had to turn around and write the sequel in waaaaaay less time. Sabaa talks about this (and so much more!) in her episode of First Draft.
Simon recorded and released R∆ while he was writing Boy Robot (the book)
Ariana’s “Thank U Next” is on the level with Simon’s purposeful cultivation of gratitude
Simon’s song “Love” was a song that hit him like a lightning bolt
Janet Jackson’s The Velvet Rope album is a full ALBUM, not a collection of singles
Kacey Musgraves’ album Golden Hour was so freaking rad and reshaped Simon’s taste in music
Victoria Aveyard (author of the Red Queen series; listen to her First Draft interviews here and here) had a conversation about not asking people to read their books — Simon takes an opposite approach: “Bitch, read my book!”
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