Ever read a great article about a local artist or filmmaker and think, Man, I wish they would do a story about me! It’s not as hard as you might imagine to get press coverage for your art or creative project. Contrary to popular belief, print media is not dead — and in fact, many publications are hungry for content, especially human interest stories. So, how can you get your name on a journalist’s desk? Follow these steps.
Newspapers are just that: they focus on news. If you have nothing coming out, you likely won’t catch a news editor’s eye. Magazines are a bit more lenient and often publish “evergreen” content and general human-interest stories. …
If your work schedule looks like most Americans’, you wake up, drink some coffee, check your email, and then chug through your list of tasks. In the evenings, you unwind or work on personal projects. At the end of the day, you go to bed to start the cycle over again.
Back when I was young and naive, I decided to rent a room in my friend’s house. She gave me the lease to sign right after I’d gotten off a 12-hour shift, so I didn’t read it thoroughly before signing.
I looked at it later only to find it had some unsavory provisions, such as requiring me to pay 75 percent of the costs of any upgrades she wanted to make to the house. Long story short, I ended up breaking the lease — and I learned a valuable lesson about reading contracts thoroughly.
Now, as a full-time freelancer, I never work without a contract. It’s not that I don’t trust anyone — although I gotta say, being screwed over by a friend makes me a little wary. I worked without a contract exactly once, and lo and behold, I did hours of work for zero pay. …