So an interview of me came out in the online magazine called HIFIVE. It’s an HIV resource, about people living with HIV and all the Frequently Asked Questions and articles and the like, I think. We did this interview last year (sometime back in November or December, I think) but the article only came up now.
It’s actually a pretty good interview, in my opinion anyway, especially because they don’t really talk about the HIV but my life despite of it, which I really, really like and appreciate. In fact, it talks a lot about me as a writer. I really, really appreciate that because that’s not written about often. It’s been my bread and butter and my profession for over 22 years now (I started working when I was fourteen) and it’s always played second fiddle to my HIV story, and maybe even third fiddle to the fact that I’m my father’s son.
Excerpt from the interview:
“Any writer in your position would have just given up, gotten a career change, and looked for a ‘safer job’, what keeps you going?” I asked.
Wanggo was quick to answer, “I don’t think any writer in my position would do that…I would think…well,” He has a moment of relization, “I got into it [his current state of writing] when I was thirty-five. When you’re twenty-one, twenty-two, yes, it can be stifling and you can get really disillusioned by it. But I’m thirty-five. I’ve gone through different industries, I’ve written before, I’ve seen my Dad go from famous director, not famous director, famous director, legend but can’t get work, and now all of as sudden he can get work again. I’ve seen the whole shifts of these things, so I had no excuse. You just keep doing it. You just keep writing. It was a new experience for me.”
It’s kind of cool to be able to talk about Sonata and T’yanak in that way, as part of my body of work and what it did to me as a writer and how it affects me in my current state. It would be nice if it was done after No Filter because then maybe the whole tone of the article would have been different.
You can read the whole article here: Thinking and Working Positive with Wanggo Gallaga (HIFIVE) (link)