We find out what it’s like to be a freelance writer, blogger, influencer and podcaster, and what advice this career-boss has for newly grads.
What was your dream job when you were younger?
For as long as I can remember I wanted to do something creative. I think originally I wanted to be a singer (like Hilary Duff) and then a songwriter – l was a big Tay Tay fan and played the guitar and everything! Then I wanted to be an actor, and then I landed on being a writer – films & books. Basically anything to let myself be as creative as possible!
What do you do now?
I now work in marketing for a publisher (I love books), as a freelance writer, blogger, influencer and podcaster. A lot of what I do now, I couldn’t have even imagined as a child. Equally, I do a lot of different things as I’m very creative and I need to find outlets for that.
Also, I have a TV show in development, I’ve written my first feature film and I’m working on my first book proposal so not too far off the dream… I hope.
Best and worst things about post-uni life:
The worst thing about life after Uni is not seeing your friends all the time. Not being able to pop down the road to my besties for a mug of gin and some fajitas is still heart-breaking to me. You also lose so much freedom after Uni! And the best thing about post-Uni life is definitely being paid to work, as financial anxiety is tough at uni.
Do you have a fave quote or someone who inspires you?
I love motivational quotes, my current favourite is: ‘Life is not about who you once were, it’s about who you are now and who you have the potential to be’. As I think life is about evolving and becoming new versions of yourself, we have to learn, grow and develop from our mistakes.
“Life is not about who you once were, it’s about who you are now and who you have the potential to be”
A quote I also live by is ‘A Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’ It helps me feel less overwhelmed by whatever I’m setting out to do next.
So many people inspire me such as Emma Thompson, Michelle Obama, Bryony Gordon, Malala Yousafzai, but especially my Mum and Dad.
Has there been a time in your life where things didn’t go as planned but helped shape you in the long run?
So many times! I think sometimes the best things happen out of unexpected things, even if the unexpected event is really awful, it will lead you to a new path and new exciting opportunities.
How has Covid affected your career?
It has probably helped my career. I’ve kept my 9-5 throughout the pandemic, which has been incredible in the circumstances. But the extra time working from home has allowed me more time to work on my own projects without the distractions of going out, commuting, or generally being tired from the bustle of day to day life.
I’ve been able to grow my instagram following and begin working as a content creator, as well as launch my own podcast and write more on my blog and for other publications.
One piece of advice for your former self about to graduate?
Enjoy having some time out of work and out of education, there’s no need to panic or rush into a career. Things always work out how they’re meant to and worrying only means you suffer twice.
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