Here at The Next Goal, we are all about setting goals and reaching them. In the world of Rock and Roll, few women have attained the goals of Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders. I was fortunate enough to get a few minutes of her time to get her thoughts on how she made it so far.
Hi Chrissie, thanks so much for taking the time to share your experiences with our readers. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover, so I’ll get right to it!
It’s Kristi, but I’ll let that slide. Everyone spells my name wrong these days – I was just out hiking this weekend and I was Kristi or Kristina, depending on who was talking to me.
Why thanks! I’ve always enjoyed writing. It started with my personal journal during high school which turned into poetry in college and then it evolved into what I do today with blogging, SEO, social media, and the rest of my freelance writing.
Growing up in Akron, did you ever dream your life would lead you to where you are now?
I grew up in Mississippi actually. I certainly never expected to be where I am today when I lived there though – my world views were opened when I moved cross country.
You probably get asked this all the time, but do you have a favorite Pretenders song? If so, what is it?
I guess it’s “I’ll Stand By You,” or at least that’s the only one I can think of off the top of my head. That’s a unique question…. no one usually cares about my music taste. Really I’m more of a Nine Inch Nails gal.
Chrissie, I know we both share a love of photography. I bet you have put together quite a portfolio while touring the world. Where is the coolest place you have ever photographed?
It’s Kristi. Really, doesn’t anyone pay attention to my email signature? Anyway, I do have an online photography portfolio at Photostry. Probably the best place I’ve ever shot at was Australia along the Great Ocean Road. You get everything including untouched beaches, little seashell treasure pools during low tides, and lots of koalas in their natural habitat along the roads to the lighthouses.
With recording and touring, you probably have very little free time. When you do, how do you like to spend it?
How did you find out I’m having a tough time getting into video, shooting take after take after take just to get 15 seconds that I feel are OK enough to upload to YouTube? And I’m not sure that heading to Blog World is much in the way of touring, but recording and touring does sound nice. In my free time when I’m not writing, I play tennis, go hiking, and do a little salsa dancing.
There is always a stigma toward people who go too commercial. You once said “I’ve done lots of songs for film soundtracks and things like that – stuff I’m not ashamed of, but that doesn’t represent my legacy with the Pretenders.”
Do you worry about your legacy as a writer?
I’m starting to feel like you ripped this interview out of Rolling Stone or something… that or my sense of humor is off today. I guess some people might feel like I’ve “sold out” since I’ve gone from freely blogging and guest posting to becoming a professional blogger and writing for blogs as a paid contributor. But I don’t worry about it in terms of my legacy. I am lucky to have the freedom to choose the blogs I want to write for and just say no to the rest, that way my writing is always on sites I’m proud to be associated with.
Well here at TheNextGoal, we are happy you feel that way! What advice do you have for people wanting to break into the music business?
I’d rather talk about how people can get into writing – that’s more of my area of expertise. I would say that if someone wanted to get into freelance writing, they need to build a resume of their work through their blog, guest posts on top blogs in their industry, and then put themselves out there to start getting hired and recommended.
As far as the music business, I think my only experience with that is singing in my car. I think the new way to go about it is try out for American Idol or one of those other reality shows. I thought about it once, but I was already over the age limit.
Hang on a sec, is your last name Hines or Hynde?
Hines. It’s in the signature, on my blog, social profiles, etc.
Seems like there has been a little bit of an identity miscommunication. I guess there is no sense asking you what “Back on the Chain Gang” is really about, huh?
Wait… you seriously didn’t think you were emailing the gal from the Pretenders? I know people misspell my name, but no one’s ever confused me for a rock star. I think I might be as flattered as I am confused. Maybe it’s time I changed my hairstyle. 😉
Well, I certainly apologize for the confusion. You’ve been a great sport about this and I hear that in the blogging world, you ARE a rock star! Thanks for taking the time to talk to us Kristy.
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