Hi, I’m Bryce.
After graduating from Boston College in 2009, I spent four glorious years slowly flunking out of ‘Creative Strategist’ positions at two of the greatest digital marketing agencies in Washington DC because of my dual life as an aspiring music journalist with a relatively well-read weekly music column for a local culture site called Brightest Young Things.
A client like Red Bull would wonder if I had gotten the permit to let their parkour athlete run around the Lincoln Memorial at 2am covered in an LED suit while I was busy venting my strong, adamant opinions on things like that year’s Sweetlife Festival line-up or the importance of Modest Mouse’s “Gravity Rides Everything” and ignoring their calls.
After eventually getting (deservedly) canned, I decided to just bite the bullet and actually chase the writing dream, lucking into a gig as a Social Media Specialist for an up-and-coming political website called The Daily Banter. Thanks to some fortuitous timing and the fact that I had more than a handful of articles break over 1,000,000+ views, I was soon promoted to Staff Writer and eventually became an Associate Editor, which I’ve learned is just like being a Staff Writer, only your productive day of writing gets interrupted constantly by things that need you right at that very moment or they’ll die.
Using my burgeoning interest and sometimes naive understanding of politics and social justice issues as a recurring angle, I began writing extensively about those kinds of topics in a way that my politically apathetic friends might enjoy (#edutainment). I also got to learn the harsh lessons of what it takes to be a professional writer/journalist as opposed to ‘just a blogger,’ and the sense of pride that comes with writing something meaningful.
This won me a few noteworthy fans:
Bryce is a sharp mind who isn’t afraid to take on big subjects and present them in a fun, understandable way. Also he’s a big doofus. – Nathan Scott, Senior Editor, USA Today
Meanwhile, I never stopped writing my weekly music column and building my influence in the DC music scene, helping some of the city’s best acts get discovered and receiving accolades from both bands and peers alike:
Unabashed, yet also intelligent and thoughtful with his writing, Bryce sets the bar for quality journalism. He’s a relatable, refreshing voice to readers that’s very rare to find in the industry. No matter what topic, Bryce can craft a fascinating and engaging story that keeps you hooked from beginning to end. – Stephanie Williams, Managing Editor, DC Music Download
Recently though, I parted ways with The Banter, and while I always plan to cover politics because they’re super-duper important and actually fascinating if you pay attention, there’s a big ole world out there to dissect and compare to esoteric pop culture references.
I do, however, continue to hold fast to the Banter belief that people will pay for quality writing and quality journalism if they actually understand both the sweat equity behind it and the real need for trustworthy, well-intentioned sources of information.
And in that vein, being the ambitious/desperate/shameless person I am, I learned me some HTML, forgot what sleep was, built me a website of my own, and threw a ‘Donation’ button on it (in a few different places).
Why a donation button you ask? Because the system is broken.
Art like recorded music and writing, no matter the quality, has been deemed valueless (which isn’t the same as worthless). Seriously, who pays for things like MP3s and journalism these days? They are seen as public domain the minute they hit the internet.
Musicians, in turn, have reverted to making money by near-constant touring and selling their songs to every cellphone and car company under the sun, but aspiring writers and journalists are left to either learn best-practices at neutered mainstream media outlets that breed journalistic apathy or they’re forced to turn into human content farms that never grow or develop as writers.
When putting this site together and gathering all of the less-embarrassing pieces I’ve written from the varying expanses of the interwebs, I was reminded of all the energy and effort I had put not just into each individual article but this journey as a whole. That reminded me of all the other, more talented writers I know whose quality work is getting overlooked or undervalued.
And that reminded me that because the current marketplace values page-views over insights and creativity, writers that truly believe in their work shouldn’t be embarrassed to ask for contributions to help them continue to develop it. It’s not a bad thing to think that one’s best work might be worthy of something other than a Like or a Retweet.
To paraphrase the Wall Street Journal:
[Good writing] is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It’s my opinion that [good writing] should not be free, and my prediction is that individual [writers] and their [readers] will someday decide what an [article]’s price point is. I hope they don’t underestimate themselves or undervalue their art.
So click around the site, enjoy exploring the vast recesses of my digital brain, and if you feel so inclined, throw some change in the digital tipjar. Please and thank you and I can’t believe you read this whole thing.
I love you,
To reach me/to offer me a gig (freelance or otherwise), email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
To give me money without the expectation of me writing something for you, click the ‘Donate’ button:
BONUS: Here are some other nice things people had to say about me…
“Bryce Rudow is a force of personality that luckily is matched by quality, unfiltered writing. Whether or not I agree with what Bryce is saying in his writing, it never matters. Bryce always writes exactly how he feels, and luckily does so about a huge range of different kinds of music and topics.” – Alex Tebeleff, Paperhaus
“Bryce’s impeccable taste in music is only rivaled by his ability to demonstrate said impeccable taste in music in writing – which he always does with wit and passion.” – Anna Stoddart, GoLightly Media
“Bryce is a true music fan — he has his own specific taste, but is always open-minded and interested in hearing what’s new and fresh — and is always a pleasure to work with.” – Shira Knishkowsky, Partisan Records
“Bryce is awesome. I was first introduced to him through the DC music scene, where he wrote an in-depth, accurate, and honest review of my band The Raised By Wolves’ debut album, ‘Sadie Hawkins’ on Brightest Young Things. Bryce was enthusiastic and praiseworthy, but was also not afraid to dig into the album to note places that did not resonate. The review was professional yet colorful, mixing in metaphors and cultural references to help the review read more like a narrative.
Bryce is simultaneously passionate and inquisitive, and that shows in his writing.
Beyond the music scene, I’ve followed Bryce’s writings on other topics that range from politics to culture, and he has developed a natural ability to take complex subjects and write about them simply, thoughtfully, and eloquently.” – Ben Eskin, The Raised By Wolves