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.