Text   about me

sydney zink; syd; sydney; Zn; as you will.

why the title Confessions of an Artist at Work? :

  • "A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession" - Albert Camus 
  • the profound influence Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man had on me when I read in in the eleventh grade
  • "If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud" - Emile Zola, tying into my desire to be as sincerely open ("out loud") as possible (which also ties into the idea of confessions)

interests: foreign languages, Scorsese movies (& theory, critique), collages & montages, penny novels, computer science, technology (and tinkering with it), engineering of all sorts, urban planning, film (critique, studies, producing, writing), television (producing, but also writing), writing (especially plays, screenplays, & journalism), theatre, men’s fashion, Jersey Boys (& Mamma Mia!), oldies music, magazines (in print, not that digital business; Time, Vanity Fair, Empire, and the occasional good Wired issue are all my particular obsessions), environmental science, cello music, the city & the country both, business & the corporate world, good books

20 years old. From Roswell, GA all my life, but attending college right now in my sophomore year at Northwestern University in Illinois.  Triple-majoring in Communication Studies, Computer Science, and Economics (Past major: Radio/TV/Film). I don’t really know what I want to do yet, but I’m going along with what I like. Some paths are perhaps of more financially worth than others, but nothing’s worth more than genuine interest.

One rule and one rule only: don’t hate what you don’t understand.

role models: martin scorsese (and many of his characters), don draper, jj abrams, david fincher, james bond, indiana jones, nancy drew (yes, fictional, but still), steve martin, sofia coppola, mindy kaling, meryl streep, and even carmen sandiego. 

favorite books: Born Standing Up (Steve Martin), Middlesex (Jeffrey Eugenides), In One Person (John Irving), The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen), Perks of Being a Wallflower (Chbosky), The Art of Fielding (Harbach), Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (David Sedaris), Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (James Joyce).

favorite films: Cinema Paradiso, Life is Beautiful, Big Fish, Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Full Metal Jacket (my current #1), A Clockwork Orange, Requiem for a Dream, Tomboy, Cabaret, The Virgin Suicides, Fight Club, American Beauty, Drive, Revolutionary Road, Jarhead

favorite tv series: orange is the new black, curb your enthusiasm (BRING THIS BACK), arrested development, mad men, the amazing race, breaking bad, modern family, project runway, the sopranos, and yes, even an unhealthy obsession with Catfish (when not too busy obsessing over OITNB).

diabetic. type 1. 12 years strong

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