When I was 15 years old, I pursued Eddie Cantor and the famous radio personality/disc jockey Martin Block, host of the “Make Believe Ballroom.”  They both...

Interview with Joe Franklin conducted circa 2008 by Break Diving Founder, Monroe Mann

My advice to those who aspire to a spot in the business that there is no business like (the entertainment field) is the following:

  • Get specific.
  • Do not hound everybody.   Instead, set your sites on one or two people and concentrate on those two.

When I was 15 years old, I pursued Eddie Cantor and the famous radio personality/disc jockey Martin Block, host of the “Make Believe Ballroom.”  They both became enchanted by my youthful vigor and persistence.  As a result, they both retained my services—I wrote radio scripts for Eddie Cantor and became Martin Block’s record selector.

People always asked me for additional advice.  I advise the following:

  • Don’t leave your wallet in the dressing room…
  • Don’t bump into the furniture…
  • And what’s your motivation?  Your motivation is your paycheck on Saturday night—work for it.

One last bit of wisdom might be to tell a few lies on your resume.  For example, back in the days when you were allowed to advertise cigarettes on television, I told my television viewers that nine out of ten doctors who tried Camels went back to women…  That remark got me censored off the air for a full week—quite a difference from today’s free wheeling on the media. [Editor’s Note: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!]

Yes, I single handedly created today’s wide open atmosphere and I hope that my good friend Howard Stern appreciates what I did for him.

This blog post was originally written for Monroe Mann’s internet celebrity talk-show, “Before the Big Break”, on which Joe appeared from his NYC office.