From Journalist to Street Musician

By Ben Cohen

Bloggasm conducts a fascinating interview with a Forbes journalist turned street musician who blogs about his experiences on the New York Subway:

Steve McGookin emphasized to me that it’s a popular misconception

that people become street performers as a “last resort,” but given his

own journey leading to his decision to pick up his guitar and join

them, I couldn’t help but wonder if perhaps for some people, the subway

is the last refuge.

McGookin took a severance package from his journalism job at

Forbes.com about a year ago, and since then has proceeded to burn

through his savings while looking for further employment. Like the

thousands of other out-of-work journalists that are trying to find jobs

in a shrinking industry, he hasn’t come up with any offers. So not long

ago he decided that he wanted to try an experiment: for years he had

been fascinated by the culture of performers that roam the underground

of New York; he watched them play on his daily commute and sometimes

even stopped to talk to them and give them money. What if he decided to

join them?

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.