Jesse Kornbluth broke writer to beloved critic

Jesse Kornbluth

Today we chronicle the life and times of Jesse Kornbluth, the Head Butler.

Jesse Kornbluth is a writer, critic, and author. He’s written for Vanity Fair, Reader’s Digest, The New Yorker and many other publications. At, he is a personal concierge for your head reviewing movies, books, and music.

We go through the ups and downs of his career as a writer.

Below is a summary of his interview


“Play through, rise about it. There is always something else you can do”

The Journey

Jesse chronicles his path from Vanity Fair to Editorial Director at AOL to his current post at

Low Point

Jesse goes into how he left a job that paid $150,000 a year in 1993 to freelancing writing after an infamous interview with Michael Jordan.

Aha Moment

Jesse talks about how Milton Academy and Renaissance philosopher Giovanni Pico della Mirandola inspired him.

His work now  

We talk about the challenges of marketing yourself in a world where there are so many choices for people on the web.

What’s exciting Jesse now

His new book, The 100 Essentials: Books, music and movies for people with more taste than time

Lightning Round

Book Jesse Recommends:

The Queen’s Gambit: A Novel, A book about young girl who is the mozart of chess.

The Fault in Our Stars, A 16 year cancer patient falls in love with a 17 year old amputee.

Helpful Habit: Working like a blue collar worker

What’s Your Purpose: “Bringing out possibility in the people around me”

Where to find the Head Butler

Head Butler Website

Twitter: @HeadButler

Let Jesse know how much you enjoyed this interview.

Parting Words

Keep coming. Perfect the script. You can always work a little bit harder.

Tired of waking up, going to work, and sleeping with no sense of progress? I am offering a free 30 minute one on one career coaching session just for you. In the session, I will help you create a career plan to make more progress in the next 3 months than this past year. Click here to schedule your session

One More Thing

We are offering 3 digital copies of Jesse’s new book The 100 Essentials: Books, music and movies for people with more taste than time to awesome listeners.  For a chance to win, just click here to subscribe to our Purpose Rockstar community.


The following two tabs change content below.

Derrick Duplessy

Executive Director at Duplessy Foundation
Derrick has coached 500+ executives in 10 years as an executive coach. He runs Duplessy Foundation which is dedicated to creating meaningful careers for everyone. He also hosts Purpose Rockstar, a daily show on iTunes where he shares the career stories of a variety of guests.

Latest posts by Derrick Duplessy (see all)