I Wear Many Hats

In my numerous jobs over the years, I’ve worn many hats. And like most jobs–and most hats–they go out of style. But as you try on different hats, you begin to know which ones are a good fit and those that are not.

I’ve filed doctoral papers for PhD candidates. I’ve solicited donors for money. I’ve spent more years than I care to count being the office persona non grata (i.e., temp). My whole adult, post-college working life has been spent in an office. As of 2003, those days were numbered.

In 2003, I finally began to write. The hat was too tight at first and the band got mighty sweaty over the years. But it’s been a fascinating 7-year journey that continues to this day and beyond.

Last year, I closed the door on temping to focus on my freelance writing career. I’ve written about the energy industry, IT, and much more. I’ve done it in print and through video. And now I’d like to announce my latest chapeau.

I am the new Managing Editor for Film Score Monthly Online. Tim Curran, the editor of FSM and FSMO over the past 10 years, is scaling back his role with the magazine to concentrate on his successful composing career. (A big Rozsa fanfare for you, Tim!)

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been easing into my new editorial role. I’ll be transitioning into the role full-time over the next few months, but I can already tell you that Tim, Jon Kaplan (FSMO‘s Executive Editor), and I have big plans for the magazine moving forward. Expect to see us on Facebook and Twitter over the coming months, as well as some other cool projects we have in the works.

So what does this mean for Film Score Click Track?

Because of the obvious conflict of interest, I will not be reviewing FSM CD’s on the site anymore. FSMO is a separate entity from FSM, but the branding is still there and it would be unethical to ignore that. I didn’t review them that much, mainly because of their limited edition status, so hopefully that won’t leave a hole. Believe me, there are plenty of great film score CD’s to review.

On a positive note, I’ll be able to share with you readers a different side of the film music industry. There is a lot that goes into putting together a magazine, even on a monthly basis. And I’ll be flexing an entirely different set of writing skills, learning and growing as I go.

I have no crystal ball as to what the future will bring, but I’m excited to be a part of the FSMO team. I’d like to thank Tim Curran for his guidance, his editorial guidance, and his friendship over the last five years. He’s left me with a very big hat to fill. I hope my head is big enough to fill it.

No comment.


  1. You know I’m stoked about this development, Jim. I can’t wait to work with you on the most fabulous magazine in existence, and I’m excited to see what your plans are for its sure-to-be fabulous future. Count me in for the ride!

    (I’m still in the lobby of the haberdashery for my hat-fitting appointment.)

    1. Ooh, “haberdashery”! Impressive SAT word and one I should’ve used in the post. Ah well.

      Anyway, thanks for the nice words. I’m stoked too. :)

  2. Congrats, Jim! It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Even though I’ve never met you. Or talked to you all that much. Maybe you’re not nice at all. Maybe you’re sort of pushy. How about, it couldn’t happen to another guy! Yeah, that’s not nearly as presumptuous.

  3. A mighty-fine announcement Jim — we couldn’t be happier to have you onboard FSMO! Looking forward to seeing you this weekend in NYC.

  4. OK, no one said it. So hats off to you! :) Wishing you all the best in your new ventures.

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