By Brian Lafferty
November 16, 2012 (San Diego) – Earlier this year I interviewed for a volunteer position. The interviewer looked at my resume and asked, "What's your least favorite part of being a film critic?" I was stumped. My work at East County Magazine unites two of my biggest passions - movies and writing - and I love doing it so much that it never occurred to me there was something that I least enjoyed about it.
After months of reflection, I now have an answer. Far too often I get bombarded with questions from family, friends, and colleagues like, "What did you think of so-and-so movie?" Anyone who is familiar with me on a personal and professional level know that I am an infinitely better writer than a speaker. If you read my writing and later met me in person, I guarantee you'd be amazed at the difference between my spoken words and my written words. When I do oblige, usually all I can muster up is, "It was good," or, "I didn't like it.”