Origins: The Soap Box Office

25 07 2010

Today, “The Origins Project” takes a look at a new movie blogger, Brian of “The Soap Box Office.” I found his site after he found mine, and I’m certainly glad he did.  After taking a look at his site, I can tell you that it’s very professional, and I look forward to seeing what’s coming in the future.

What movie began your love affair with cinema?

The original “Star Wars” saga. Isn’t that the answer for pretty much every nerd? When I was a kid that’s all I even thought about. But I guess “Shawshank Redemption” changed the way I thought about movies. Before that all movies were just entertainment, “Shawshank” made 12 year-old me understand how significant movies could be.

When did you start blogging?

I started back in 2006. I slowly transitioned to writing solely about movies and that spawned The Soap Box Office, which has been working itself into game-shape for a couple of months now.

Why did you start blogging?

As a movie freak, I got sick of hearing my friends say they didn’t want to see this movie or that because some published critic said it wasn’t good. So many of the “real” critics, it seems, are out to impress only themselves and their colleagues. I, on the other hand, am just a dude who happens to watch a lot of movies. If I can give friends, coworkers, and seventh cousins a reason to go see a movie that they might have skipped because Armond White or someone like him said it sucks, then I’m happy.

What has kept you going?

I always get a little rush from an acquaintance or friend of a friend stopping me to say they liked what I had to say about “Movie X.” It’s a small ego boost for any of us I would imagine. Plus, at the end of the day, I just like to write. It’s my release from job stress and a better hobby than puppy kicking, which I gave up years ago.

Has there been a particular person (or people) that has helped you along the way?

Life in Equinox was the first blog I stumbled onto within the LAMBs. I’m not really one for asking for help and advice, but the opportunity to study some of the high quality blogs the group has to offer has been a great help.

What’s the best part of being a blogger? The worst?

I just like having the platform, even if no one is reading. For a guy like me who has always been better at writing than talking, blogs are an outstanding thing. The worst I would say is the intimidation factor – there are so many wonderful writers out there pouring their hearts into movie blogs and at times it’s tough not to wonder if anyone is paying attention to mine.

Has blogging increased or diminished your passion for movies?

Definitely increased. I’m an all-in kind of guy. If I’m going to rank all the movies I saw at the end of the year, I want to have a well balanced list to present to my mythical readers.

What’s your proudest moment as a blogger?

I honestly get a kick out of every comment, whether on the site or in person. When someone says my review made them want to see a movie or, even better, that my review made them appreciate the movie more than when they originally saw it, I consider it an accomplishment.

What advice would you give to someone looking to follow their passion? To someone starting a blog of their own?

Find something that differentiates you a little. I try to find a personal connection or anecdote to tie into every review I write. Some people like that, some people don’t, but it (at least hypothetically) stands out a bit from the standard review. And try to find a decent format for your site. I can’t tell you how many times I click on a site and the color scheme and format are so painful that I bail out immediately. They could be great writers but I’ll never know because the site makes my eyes bleed.

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