Diary Of A Mad Black Film Critic Episode 1: How I Became A Film Critic

by Shaye Wyllie
diary of a mad black film critic podcast episode 1 how i became a film critic

So you think you wanna be a film critic, but you’re Black, and not sure how to get your foot in the door. Don’t worry, Popcorn and Tequila’s Editor in Chief, Shaye Wyllie (yes me) has all the answers. (Okay, most of the answers!)

And spoiler alert: reviewing movies (and tv shows) is the easy part! From interviewing Black talent, to finding your voice, and starting your own website, to building relationships with PR reps, and getting access to movie premieres (and the exclusive after parties) – Shaye’s gonna give it to ya. All of it. The highs and the lows!

Every Tuesday on #DiaryofaMadBlackFilmCritic — which is now available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts.

Becoming A Black Film Critic —

becoming a film critic

In this episode, I’ll be sharing how I became a critic, along with …

  • When I started writing on the internet 
  • The different kinds of blogs I’ve had over the years 
  • That time I was a wedding blogger and intern 
  • Why I started Viscious Quipster instead of applying to intern at Complex Magazine
  • The Blog coach that helped me realize writing about movies & tv was my jam
  • The Geekly member (and retreat) that helped propel me into greatness 
  • How I went from being just a mommy blogger to running Popcorn and Tequila (and)
  • Why calling myself a “film critic” still makes me feel uncomfortable ’til this very day

Click here to listen to episode 1, on the platform of your choice.

And don’t forget to make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss future episodes. If you’ve got specific questions about becoming a Black film critic that you’d like me to discuss on this podcast, let me know!

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