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Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Soloist

What’s better than coming up with a story that is powerful and has never been told before? To me, the answer is one that is inspirational and changes lives. Especially when it is the life of the person telling the story and also the life of the person whom the story is written about.
The movie the “Soloist” tells the true story of the powerful friendship formed between a homeless man and a newspaper columnist. Nathaniel Ayers, a musical prodigy, ends up on the streets because he is mentally ill. L.A.Times columnist, Steve Lopez, is always digging for new stories and upon hearing the sounds of a violin Lopez follows his instinct.
The conversation he strikes up with Ayers leads to many published moving stories and the transformation of both their lives. Lopez steps beyond the journalist mode and is able to break the stereotype many hold about homeless people and bring Ayers back in touch with his musical abilities.
As a journalist, I live to tell stories. The ones that mean the most are the ones that I discover completely on my own. When covering a beat and daily assignments it is hard to make a story completely original. I was incredibly inspired by this story because it made me realize how no story is off limits and to always be on the search for a story that has never been told before.

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