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I’ve been writing since I can remember. I went to college to major in journalism in 2017 because I rediscovered that writing is my true passion. I started writing when I was just a kid. I used to love writing stories and sharing them with my friends, family and neighbors. I wrote fanfiction for a while and realized that maybe I could thrive in the fiction world and become a New York Times Best selling author.
During my time in college, I was a member of an organization that wrote articles for a website that was made for college women that featured articles about health, entertainment, life on campus and more. I wrote an article at least once a week mostly about the entertainment world. I knew a lot about celebrities, movies and TV so I stuck to the entertainment writer title.
When I graduated, I didn’t have a full time job waiting for me unfortunately. However, I was looking forward to taking a well deserved summer vacation. The thought of being able to sit around and watch Netflix all day excited me. Throughout the summer, I constantly looked through Indeed or Linkedin on the hunt for a writing job. I think I underestimated how hard it was to find a job in the entertainment writing industry. I couldn’t find any entertainment writing positions that were full time. My first paid writing gig was for a website that paid per view, it wasn’t much but it was something and it got my name out there. I had a very successful article about Stranger Things that had thousands of views and it was something thats very proud of.
It wasn’t until October of 2019 where I applied to a position that I really wanted. It was a part time position at a big named entertainment website. A couple days after I applied, I got an email stating that I was accepted to write a sample article for them to see if my writing style was a fit for their website. I worked on an article about being ghosted after a date. I did my research on the site and read many personal essays. I memorized the way they wrote and what kind of pictures they used. After I was finished with my article, I sent it in right away. I hadn’t heard back from them in a while so I was losing hope (most of the part time writing positions I apply to I either don’t hear back from them or get a short rejection email).
About 3 weeks later, I got an email stating that I was accepted into the contributor program. I found out right as I was leaving work. I couldn’t believe it. I was thrilled that they liked my writing enough to accept me. I also kept thinking that having this site on my resume would help me out a lot in getting other writing positions, and it has! On the weekends, in the evenings, every morning before work and during my lunch breaks, I would check to see if there were any available pitches to claim. It wasn’t all the time, but every now and then I would catch a compelling pitch before anyone else. I quickly wrote it up and sent it in to the assigned editor. I wrote an article about a former One Direction member and the editor sent me a new pitch to write. Since I knew a lot about this celebrity so I wrote about some of his best comedic interview moments.
A day or so after the article was up and published, I get a direct message from the editor with a tweet attached to it. The website tweeted about my article and tagged the celeb in it but the tweet she sent me wasn’t from the site, but from the celebrity himself.
Niall Horan, a former member of One Direction and now thriving solo artist noticed my article. I’m unsure if he actually read the article but nonetheless, he tweeted about it. Being the biggest One Direction fan there is, I was over the moon. I could have cried. I was so happy. I couldn’t believe that one of my favorite people actually noticed my work. I consider it my biggest writing accomplishment thus far and I’m sure there’s more accomplishments to come.