I feel like a kid at Christmas unwrapping that Red Rider BB Gun. I’m writing music news — and only music news — all this week for Inside.com (and the Inside app for Android, iOs, and Blackberry). Follow the news feed here.
A couple of the stories I curated today — Miley getting tracks readied with the Flaming Lips and good old CB getting in trouble again. Also, Iggy Azalea responds to Spears song leak; George R.R. Martin is a Deadhead; Joni Mitchell lands court-appointed conservator; and Vegas pool party brawl for Ludacris (whom I have met and he’s really short btw).
I have found myself in a music journalism position over and over again in life. If I hadn’t found one, I created one. I remember being on the air for mornings at KZZP — well before the Internet got all fancy and we had Facebook, social media, even video. I didn’t even know what a CMS was back then. I probably only had five things online to log into and one was Hotmail… So things weren’t very far advanced. But I decided I would somehow create a “celebrity guestbook” feature on our website since we had so many famous people coming through our studios. I was met with resistance so it never came to be. I remember my morning show host bitching at me, “You’re wasting your time with this web stuff! It’s not going anywhere!” Now it’s 2015 and we can add that to the list of “I told you so’s” I’ve given him over the years. He also thought “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” would be a flop and wouldn’t let me play my interview with Nia Vardalos and John Corbett on the air! Ha!
Times have changed and I am happy to change with the times. It’s 2015 and I have 16 years of radio under my belt, a liberal arts degree from Boston University, a journalism certificate from Paradise Valley Community College, actual print/web/online journalism experience, and just basic life experience. (Yes, I have been blessed with much life experience most wish they never have to have). I think I’m just so happy to keep my journalism skills going right now. I’m also happy to be back in love with writing again.
Thanks for checking out my blog and progress this year. I have a freelance writing career as well as a creative writing practice that involves three novels in progress as well as much poetry… There is a lot more to come!
I am on a furlough day today. After catching up on “The Office” and “Community” on Hulu.com this morning, my attention naturally drifted towards searching the Internet for freelance writing gigs. As a full-time entertainment news writer suffering a severe pay cut, I feel the need to support my writing habit with…more writing jobs.
So I begin a serious search for gigs once again for the first time in nearly two years. I honestly don’t remember where I found the good gigs before. Some quick searches today showed me that ads online for gigs haven’t changed much in two years. I used to apply for any and every appealing gig I saw–and took every single one I was offered. I had to; freelancing was my primary income. I would like my freelance income to supplement my main income today, as I do have a full-time job and therefore not as much time to freelance.
The other thing I want to accomplish with freelancing now that I didn’t think about before is personal branding. Each gig I take now is an opportunity to increase my personal brand. I can write about anything. Freelance writers are generalists and being able to write about any and every subject assigned to you is survival. But there are a few things I am really good at like music news, entertainment news, podcasting, being a radio personality, writing for the web, national news, and anything pop culture. Actually, increasing my pop culture brand is the best thing I can do right now.
My Brand: Pop Culture
I think that’s a good goal above all else: increase my brand as a pop culture writer/content provider. Because I can create pop culture content for the web, print, and broadcast. I hope you’ll join me as I blog about my career recreation right now. Is it a recreation? A makeover? A re-branding? I am not sure which word applies best to what I am trying to do. I guess we’ll see as time goes on how this evolves…