The Magnificent Seven (Questions)
1. Why are you passionate about the work you do?
I love all aspects of my work, whether it’s the interview process before writing a feature; bringing a client’s vision to life as a ghostwriter; or editing a piece before publication; I come alive when I sit down to craft a story–especially from diverse perspectives.
2. During the transition to this new career, what keeps you from giving up when the path to sure and steady success seems uncertain?
I must admit, there were plenty of times when I wanted to throw in the towel. In fact, on more than one occasion, I tried to stop writing completely. That’s when something kicked in to pull me back to doing what I love most. It’s pretty hard to walk away from something you’ve been doing since before you even knew what you were doing, so I guess I really have no choice except to keep moving forward no matter how many setbacks I have because I truly have tried a lot of other fields to specialize in and I keep coming back to the almighty pen–or in this case, the keyboard!
3. What do you do for fun?
I am a theater junky. Since I fancied myself an actor in my formative and young adult years, the fascination with theater–especially musical theater–never left. I love being in the first few rows–that way, I’m as close to the action as possible. A stranger may look over at me during the performance and catch my eyes wet with tears of joy, not because there is a sad scene at play. Being in the theater, even though I’m only in the audience, gives me this weird sense of freedom. It feels kind of like being a child and discovering something that brings you unrivaled joy each and every time you have the experience.
4. Name three random facts about yourself.
Most people think I’m an extrovert before they get to know me, but I’m actually painfully shy and awkward around people I don’t know.
I’ve been a fan of the sport of bodybuilding since I was 19-years old and I hope to be fit enough to look like I could compete one day even though I don’t know if I would ever have the courage to actually do so.
Because I couldn’t completely give up my desire to work as an actor, I began to work as a voice actor. Now I create characters that jump off the page with the use of my voice as well as the pen. Whether it’s an announcer, a cartoon character, a news anchor or a game show host, I love love love the process of voice acting. It’s taken my career as a media specialist to a whole new level. Here’s a sample of my work as a voice actor. If you need a voiceover, give me a jingle! Click the link below:
5. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Go out and at least try to do the things in life you really want to try before you get swallowed up by the “black hole” of life. That was a piece of advice given to me at the ripe young age of 26 by my great aunt Dorothy. At the time, I didn’t know life could be a “black hole.” It has only been in the last 10 years that I’ve come to realize how life’s obligations and responsibilities can swallow you up and make you forget you ever had any dreams. Aunt Dorothy’s advice has never rang more true, I’ve found, as I’ve grown, matured and become a responsible adult who can’t always be “first”.
6. Was it really necessary to get two graduate degrees to become a writer?
Looking back now, I don’t think it was necessary, but it was part of the journey I needed to travel to discover where I belonged in this industry. During my first graduate program, my studies focused on fiction/creative writing, which was completely different from journalism–the focus of my second graduate degree. Journalism does focus on storytelling, but from a factual perspective.
As I take on projects now, I tend to use more of my journalistic background, but I never lose sight of the fact that you have to pull the reader in with details as well as a vivid picture, so I’m able to draw from both disciplines quite effectively to get the job done. In the end, I’m always happy with what I’ve accomplished and how I’ve made the subject shine–whether it’s a feature discussing the effects of diabetes, wedding cuisine, or a memoir describing in technicolor of an indelible moment in time.
7. Why should you hire me?
Because you won’t find anyone who is more passionate about completing the project with a bang! I will take on–not just the mechanics of writing the project—I become the project manager with an almost maniacal attention to detail. I relish every aspect related to bringing your project in on time, on budget and shining like freshly, polished platinum.