6 writers given chance to rock Rolling Stone
The winner of "I'm From Rolling Stone" will get a job at the magazine.
By MARISA GUTHRIE
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
A contributing-editor slot at Rolling Stone is the dream job for many journalists, who may toil for years in low-paying jobs to get there.
But six fledgling writers -- some with no journalism experience -- got that opportunity when Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner joined with MTV to create a realty show set at the music bible.
"This may not have been the way things would have naturally played out for them had they just been working as interns," concedes Drew Tappon, the executive producer of MTV's "I'm From Rolling Stone."
The 10-episode series, which premieres Sunday has six people spending the summer interning and competing for the job. But unlike the off-camera interns at Rolling Stone, who don't even get to fill out lunch orders, the participants on "I'm From Rolling Stone" were interviewing music celebrities and flying off to Lollapalooza and the Roskilde music festival in Denmark.
The contestants each had a studio apartment in Gramercy Park and, unlike the real Rolling Stone interns, they were paid.
"The interns didn't like us because we were, like, special," said Tika Milan, a 26-year-old free-lance writer and University of Buffalo grad.
"I tried to get [an intern] to transcribe something for me, and he looked at me like he was going to puke. I asked nicely, 'Could you help me with this please?' He was like, b-, are you crazy? And then he told on me."
In the first episode, Wenner phones each of the contestants to tell them they will be spending the summer at Rolling Stone.
Krishtine De Leon, a 23-year-old hip-hop aficionado who wears fake gold teeth, has no idea who he is.
Russell Morse, a 25-year-old staff writer for the Pacific News Service in San Francisco, glibly asks Wenner what he should pack for his summer in New York: "Just socks, underwear and condoms?"
Tappon stresses that "I'm From Rolling Stone" is not "Laguna Beach."
"I'm happy to see intelligent people working and being rewarded," he said. "We didn't want to put in some blond who had never written an article before just to have a blond on the show."
There is a blond -- Krystal Simpson, 24, from Salinas, Calif. -- but she's written for her college literary review.
A show about a music magazine fits in nicely on a music channel: In the first two episodes, we see Nelly Furtado, Band of Horses, Ghostface Killah, We Are Scientists, the Roots and Lupe Fiasco. Milan interviewed Jay-Z and Ice Cube. But a planned story on Beyonce didn't pan out. After interviewing Beyonce's father and industry colleagues, Milan couldn't get her to talk.
"She's Beyonce! I totally understand that," said Milan. "But I was like, Yo! I just need, like, two seconds. I kept talking to her agent and her publicist," she continued, "and they were basically like, 'Beyonce is not doing anything unless it's for the cover.' So that got killed."
Alas, into every entertainment journalist's life a little diva will fall, even if you are from Rolling Stone.