That was my reaction to being let go from my job a little over 15 months ago.
I had worked there for almost 4 years. The uncertainty was frightening, but the prospect of finally being unshackled was exciting.
So it began…
According to LinkedIn, I have “officially” been a copywriter for a year. (Yes, I was lost for a few months there.)
I can honestly say that there hasn’t been a more fulfilling 12 months in my life.
There’s something empowering about knowing who you are and finally finding your path in life. Perhaps the hardest part, though, is staying the course.
“I’ve wined and dined with kings and queens. I’ve slept in alleys and dined on pork and beans.” – Dusty Rhodes
It hasn’t been easy, by any stretch of the imagination. The whole paradox of “you need to spend money to make money” and not having said money to spend weighed heavily on my mind on a daily basis. For some months, every penny that I spent was agonized over. I even stiffed a waiter a tip by a dollar or so just to keep costs down (sorry, wherever you are.)
Because of that, there’s a hunger and appreciation for every job that I get. I don’t think that I will ever get sick of seeing something that I wrote posted someplace. It’s the reassurance I look to when I doubt myself.
Sometimes, when I think about it, I feel foolish. Writing was always the one thing that I was good at in school. For a few years, I even thought about becoming a professional wordsmith (aka, a rapper).
I strayed away from it for too long.
I didn’t think it could become a viable career.
I’m glad to know I was wrong.
It’s been an immense confidence booster when other copywriters have let me know that I have what it takes. Part of me does wonder if they’re blowing smoke, like they’re all sitting around in a smoke-filled room, laughing to themselves. That’s mostly my self-deprecating nature, I suppose. It is a reminder, though, to stay confident in my own abilities.
“I coalesce the vapors of human experience into a viable and meaningful comprehension.” – Comicus
I am a copywriter.
No ifs, ands, or buts about it.
There’s no caveats, no asterisks, no further explanations necessary. That is a source of pride for me. I may have to explain exactly what a copywriter is – no, I can’t copyright something – but I don’t have to justify it.
To those who have helped me on this path so far, I thank you and ask for your continued support. I hope that one day I can repay your generosity, as I’m forever in your debt.
To those who didn’t respond to my emails or inquiries, it’s alright. Rejection is part of the game. I will continue to create engaging and solid content until you do. You may even try to steal me away from a competitor!
To anyone else reading this, I hope that at this time next year, maybe you too will be a part of this journey. We can reflect back on a year’s worth of a great working relationship and be reminded that it started with this blog post.
I thought I’d take a different approach this time around. Break a few of the rules and norms of Pulse posts. No stock images, no informational resources, just Feeny.
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