Several years ago, when I was a staff writer at Billboard, a new editor came in and for some reason decided he disliked me. He assigned stories in my subject area to other writers without checking with me, once asked me if I was dating a member of a band whose story I was pitching (for the record: no, I just liked their album), and just generally treated me poorly. Frustrated, I took him to lunch and point blank asked how he thought I could do my job better. His (useless) answer: “be less rockist.” Dutifully, I spent the following…

Cortney Harding

Founder and CEO at Friends With Holograms. Adjunct at NYU. Bylines Billboard, Ad Week. Speaker. Ultrarunner in my spare time.

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