Blogging, Gothic Weddings and Why Death Metal is Cool: Interview with Steff Metal on Career OffroadingAuthor: Steff | No Comments
Hi everyone. I’ve been busy working on some incredible projects, but am just poking my head up out of the madness to point you in the direction of this fantastic and in-depth interview I did recently. My interviewer – Michelle Kaiser – is a pretty fascinating lady herself, and her site – Career Offroading – features interviews with women pursuing interesting careers. Here’s an extract from the interview.
How do you stay productive? (How do you stay in your chair and writing when you’d rather not?)
I love it. I’m compelled to do it. It feels right.
I also have an incredibly busy social life. You’d be horrified if you looked at my diary: concerts, parties, craft markets, evening classes, art gallery openings, live drawing events … and that’s just next week! All this stuff is fun, and I hate missing out on things, so I have to sit my butt down and say to myself “I have two hours to finish this before I head out the door, otherwise I’ll miss this fun thing!” And I always finish.
Do you have any advice for young writers?
1. You’re never too young to start. You have about 5 years of crappy writing to plow through before you approach anything near a professional level. So start now.
2. If you see a magazine / company and think “I’d love to work for them,” don’t just sit around believing you’re not good enough, ask! Be bold! I didn’t get my most lucrative and fun jobs from people calling me, but by contacting companies and saying “you’re cool and I’m cool. Let’s work together.”
3. Nothing is more important than a good writing soundtrack.
Hop over to Career Offroading to read the rest of my interview. And if you’ve got any questions for me, don’t hesitate to leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer. And while you’re there you might want to check out Michelle’s other interviews – there’s one with animator Mel Rainsberger, anime artist Brooke Stephenson, and event planner Erin O’Neal.
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