Today we’d like to introduce you to Logan Rapp.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am a writer, producer, activist and professional nerd living in North Hollywood, CA.
Originally from the Central Valley, I ran as fast as I could from there, graduating from Fresno State and moving to Los Angeles the very next day. There were very little doubt and zero surprises from anyone that I’ve ended up in LA.
Writing has been a major component of my life for as long as I was capable of writing, and after an internship at the late MacAdam/Cage Publishing, it was clear that I would be writing fiction for the rest of my life, so I might as well find a way to get paid for it.
I have lived in North Hollywood for almost ten years, and in that time, I have been the Head Writer for SourceFed/YouTube’s 2012 Presidential Election Coverage, the Editor-in-Chief for NewMediaRockstars, Co-Executive Producer/Director/Writer for YouTube series lonelygirl15, and freelance writer with bylines all over the Internet.
Currently, I’m developing a cyberpunk audio drama set in 2046 Los Angeles, as well as an hour-long historical western TV series. When not doing any of the above, I’m typically found clutching my face over the LA Clippers, the Dodgers, or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Poverty is an MFer. There’s really no other way to say it. There’s a reason why the “starving artist” trope exists in media, and it’s because the starving artists who created it are desperate to find meaning out of the starving part. There’s no meaning, you’re just broke, and being broke sucks.
The constant counting of how much money you have is terribly exhausting. The shame of having to admit that you can’t go out because you just can’t afford it is terribly exhausting. The humiliation of having to explain to your friends that you couldn’t talk to them for a few days because your phone was shut off for being too late on a payment is terribly exhausting.
None of this even gets to the part where you actually land a meeting, and you realize most of the shirts you own were basically swag from sports events or Comic-Con. You have one dress shirt to impress, and you got coffee on it last week. The money in your account is mostly earmarked for rent and the meeting is tomorrow.
None of this even talks about landing a great job knowing that it’s going to end soon and you’ll be back on the poverty grind. It’s death of a thousand cuts, but I’m still alive, which is an accomplishment in and of itself.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
My published work has mostly been in the nonfiction realm, and I’ve been fortunate to work with people who were as dedicated to finding the real story out as I was. This particularly becomes important when, in the case of my time as NewMediaRockstars EIC, a popular social media influencer was outed as an abusive man (which one could it be? It’s a hard question to answer because there are so many). We all collectively went for broke on the story, but we were committed to getting the story right.
My writing is typically reflective of harsh realities. The good gal doesn’t always win, the innocent man doesn’t always go free. But the consistent ideal I try to imbue in my work is that the most worthy struggle is for the capital-T Truth, usually decent and ugly in equal measure.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Watching the President of the United States (not this one, the good one) speak, and getting paid to do it.
- Twitter: loganchance