Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Introducing My Portfolio

I’ve been a freelance writer since I was 19. The benefit of being a freelancer is that you can set your own schedule and work on a variety of projects of your choosing. The challenge of being a freelancer is that you have to set your own schedule and work on a variety of projects of your choosing.

To maintain that freedom without sinking into the horrible reality of the over-romanticized starving artist lifestyle, you have to hustle. You query magazines. You submit proposals. You network with advertising agencies and with corporate executives. Even when you have work, you have to look ahead to the end of the project, lining up your next assignment and the one after that as you complete your current task. If you don’t, you will soon find yourself without work, eating ramen for dinner, and asking your landlord if you can pay him in short stories (he will say no).

As soon as you stop hustling, you lose.

In my sprint to land the next assignment, to find bigger and bigger challenges, I haven’t taken the time to reflect. Writing has given me the opportunity to work with great people, and each project has taught me a great deal about my craft.

What started as a personal exercise—cataloging my work history—morphed into a detailed account of every assignment and client that I have taken on in my career. You can view the portfolio directory by clicking here, and from there you can explore individual projects at your leisure, complete with descriptions and work samples. For other writers, perhaps this will give you an idea of how to present your work. For anyone else viewing this portfolio, let me know if you have any questions about my work or if you see a way that I can help you tell your story.

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