My first paid gig came through a friend. Sometimes you think that all your friends know what you’re doing, but until you raise your hand to let them know you can help, they actually don’t know anything. Also, sometimes you need to be observant to discover opportunities. If you see something that no one else does, then make it happen on your own.
If you feel like you do, you probably should. So glad you found any of this valuable. I’m just sharing what I know and hoping to help people. The whole point of my blog is bringing the tactical and the emotional parts of the creative journey to life. Both are connected, yet we attempt to keep each separate. Thanks for reading, Maria.
Great post! You advice mirrors a lot of my own, and I have had a somewhat similar journey. I especially love that you are showing people we all have somewhere to improve — I need to be better about my mailing list, too!
Being a writer as a career is definitely about consistency, marketing yourself, and time.
I’m in the middle of an essay on this one point. I don’t think people get how important that this is, that it does not scale, and that you don’t NEED your foundation to scale. It’s so important to build real, two-way relationships, “fandoms”, connections, etc. Great point.
These are some great actionable tips. As a freelance content developer in a not-so-encouraging eco-system, I yearn for this kind of mentoring and hand-holding sometimes. Thanks for sharing your valuable experience with us.