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Old 01-17-2014, 03:43 PM   #26401 (permalink)
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I went into my local newspaper location and asked about freelance work today. I was expected to be turned down due to the fact that I don't have any experience but they editor said he'd like to see a writing sample on Monday. I told him they were going to be movie reviews but he said that's fine.

I'm both nervous and super excited.
I have several comments about this. First, remember that small local papers are in the business of making advertisement money, and generally the entertainment sections go unread. They are filler for the most part, just there so that the papers can fill up space and pretend to be focused on the local community. Second, that doesn't matter because a tiny section of the readers will actually care about what you write, and even small things like those makes your writing important and may get you noticed in your area (NY metro) where everybody and their grandmother wants to be noticed. The point is that you would be noticed by major publications (although if you're writing about film be prepared to be ignored or, if you're lucky, shit upon by all the journalists) so you'll be under pressure to distinguish your voice and perfect your writing. That's a good thing. Third, being published anywhere -especially in print- feels awesome and so I wish you the best of luck getting your foot in the door.
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Old 01-17-2014, 03:43 PM   #26402 (permalink)
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You'll do great. Do you know which review(s) you'll be submitting?
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Old 01-17-2014, 03:55 PM   #26403 (permalink)
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Thanks. I'm so goddamn nervous. I keep going through the "why the hell did I do this?" conversations in my head. I've never had my writing judged like this before. Monday is going to be such a stressful day. That great thing is that I go to my therapist before the paper so I hope my doctor can calm me the **** down.
From my point of view of somebody who doesn't write all too well, you'll do just fine. You have a fantastic grasp on the English language and you know how to convey your thoughts effectively through multiple paragraphs. Nothing to be nervous about, you should be excited if anything because you're going to be able to present yourself through writing and be paid for it.
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Old 01-17-2014, 11:11 PM   #26404 (permalink)
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Kind of an awkward night as it was just me and the obnoxious clique of dumbfucks that don't do anything, so I stayed an extra hour at work to make sure everything was done properly.

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Old 01-17-2014, 11:13 PM   #26405 (permalink)
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I have several comments about this. First, remember that small local papers are in the business of making advertisement money, and generally the entertainment sections go unread. They are filler for the most part, just there so that the papers can fill up space and pretend to be focused on the local community. Second, that doesn't matter because a tiny section of the readers will actually care about what you write, and even small things like those makes your writing important and may get you noticed in your area (NY metro) where everybody and their grandmother wants to be noticed. The point is that you would be noticed by major publications (although if you're writing about film be prepared to be ignored or, if you're lucky, shit upon by all the journalists) so you'll be under pressure to distinguish your voice and perfect your writing. That's a good thing. Third, being published anywhere -especially in print- feels awesome and so I wish you the best of luck getting your foot in the door.
Honestly, I just want to get my foot in the door and have a portfolio consisting of things that were actually published. I could care less what people think.

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Probably the Her review or Inside Llewyn Davis. I'm going to be editing the **** out of them to make sure they're perfect.

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From my point of view of somebody who doesn't write all too well, you'll do just fine. You have a fantastic grasp on the English language and you know how to convey your thoughts effectively through multiple paragraphs. Nothing to be nervous about, you should be excited if anything because you're going to be able to present yourself through writing and be paid for it.
Thanks a lot. That made me feel good. I don't have high hopes of them actually hiring me but it couldn't hurt to inquire and show them my stuff. I actually told the editor I didn't expect to be paid right away and he said if we hire you then I didn't have anything to worry about cause they'll pay me. Being paid to write is what I've always wanted so if they hire me I'm going to lose my ****.

We'll see what happens.
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Old 01-18-2014, 05:28 AM   #26406 (permalink)
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Congrats Exo!

While I won't attempt to tell you that you shouldn't be nervous, because that's not the way things work, I hope you can go in with a clear enough head to really appreciate and make the most of the the opportunity. The main thing I take away from your post is....how the hell did you just walk in and get an opportunity like that? Opportunities like that for writing jobs just dont exist, in my experience at least. I'm completely in shock. Honestly, I don't think you have much to lose in that sense.
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WTG Exo! You never know what you can accomplish until you try, and thats 99% of being successful. Most people are afraid to even take that first step.
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Old 01-18-2014, 08:41 AM   #26408 (permalink)
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Congrats Exo!

While I won't attempt to tell you that you shouldn't be nervous, because that's not the way things work, I hope you can go in with a clear enough head to really appreciate and make the most of the the opportunity. The main thing I take away from your post is....how the hell did you just walk in and get an opportunity like that? Opportunities like that for writing jobs just dont exist, in my experience at least. I'm completely in shock. Honestly, I don't think you have much to lose in that sense.
I literally walked in and asked to talk to the editor. Asked him if he had any freelance work he needed to be done and he said he did. It's one of the ballsier things I've done. Hopefully it works out.
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Poor Old Vladimir Putin, He really hates Gays and his name is an anagram of Valid Rim Input.
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