You may be wondering what sets me apart from other writers. What makes me an authority to speak and write about topics? Well, buckle up because you’ve come to the right place.
I’ve been writing in some form or another since I was this tall- points to a a few feet off the ground– and that was where it all took root. The stories probably weren’t very good and I don’t think are any saved except for what my mom kept, but that was my first introduction to writing.
Fast forward about ten years or so, and I hated writing. It didn’t matter what way, shape or form- it wasn’t for me. I was also a pretty stubborn kid (putting it mildly), so anytime someone mentioned, You should be a writer!, I snarled and looked at them as though they had taken away a glass of chocolate milk I was about to drink.
Well, things have changed quite a bit. In my first year of university, I wrote about sports and health for the school paper, which led to hooking up with a magazine in my last year. I would attend and review performing arts events in the city, liking it and thinking, hey, this is kind of fun!. Eventually, an opportunity came along for me to stretch my wings a little more, and things kind of snowballed from there. I covered TIFF for the first time ever; was introduced to theatre, opera, and the symphony; and slowly, people started learning my name.
My first ever “real” writing job was with a sporting goods store where I was hired as an ecommerce writer. But again, the whisper of stretched wings once again beckoned, and I began freelancing full-time. It was terrifying! In the span of one week, I went from a steady, guaranteed income to having to scratch it out entirely on my own.
Somehow, though, it worked out and I found my days a lot busier than I’d ever anticipated. My sixty and seventy hour workweeks didn’t disappear- at least, not for a little while.
Now, I’m a performing arts critic in Toronto, copywriter for an online agency, and still enjoy a roster of private (and awesome!) clients. It’s definitely been one of those things where I didn’t expect any of it, and one where I’m beginning to see I can go somewhere with.