Last Updated: July 15, 2020
Right now I live near Pittsburgh and work full-time as a social media editor for a small family-owned newspaper after graduating from Washington & Jefferson College in 2017. I thoroughly enjoy the job because not only is it nice to know that I have a job in my field of study, Communications, but I also have the chance to get paid to do what I enjoy, help others learn, and learn about other mediums, like podcasting. It’s a really good place to grow. Plus I usually have my weekends of which is perfect for shooting BTS photos for independent projects that show up in the Pittsburgh scene.
Building the FOundation of my Freelance Business
At the end of 2018, I decided to start my photography business. Named Those in Motion, it is the name I work under to freelance part-time as an unit stills and theater photographer whenever I find a show or project I’m interested in capturing. The past two or so I’ve been using the handful of projects that have come my way to help build the foundation creating a business that operates in tandem with my life and my goals.
Since all the craziness started with the pandemic, I’ve been sewing a facemasks for friends families and coworkers after 10 years of not touching a sewing machine. I’m happy to be able to feel like I’m keeping the people I know safe and at the same time regaining a skill that I can use to aid me in being sustainable. So far I’ve sewnover 250 masks, and I still have 13 yards of fabric to get through.
Starting a podcast – At Work
I don’t know how I did it, but I was able to convince my employer’s business publication to let me start and host a business podcast. I’m not the most eloquent of people and I’ve never run a podcast before so this should be an interesting skill to learn.
UPDATE: As of July 15, I recorded the first interview episode of the business podcast. It’s called Behind the Business. You can check it out on Anchor or Spotify, at the moment. Right now I jhave just a trailer. I will be editing the first episode next week and then start reaching out to more local business owners with interesting stories to interview. And shhh….don’t tell anyone about it yet. Y’all are the first to know about it.
Possibly Writing a Screenplay Or a Play
I currently have a few project ideas I’m mulling over in my head that I plan to start working on more in the coming months. One is a half written play and the other is a possible mini-series or web series.
Building my sustainability Muscle
Like most people in America I grew up not thinking about my consumption. Be that the amount of things I threw away, the affect our use of plastics for simple things, like our food packaging affect our environment. A little over a year and a half ago, I moved out on my own for the first time and besides the initial buying spree of basic cheap and often plastic items, I’ve been making a conscious effort to be a more sustainable human and support sustainable companies.
I still make mistakes or sometimes don’t have a good option, but it’s something that is extremely important to me. It also helps me eat healthier which is a plus.
Devoting time to non-monetized Activities
In our day and age, having non-monetized activities is important. Since I turned my love for photography into a money-making venture I needed to find some other outlets that I have no hope of monetizing to help calm my brain and help me reset. The two things I’m focusing on right now are learning the violin and picking up archery again. Archery for the stillness and the violin for the challenge. I’m also considering picking up kayaking and tap dancing, but those are farther down the line.
What I’m Listening To:
The Ground Up Show – Matt D’Avella
The Minimalists – Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus
Haley Williams – Petals for Armor
On Purpose by Alex Beadon
Inside Marketing Design by Charli Prangley
What I’m Reading:
Company of One
One for the Money
Uncivilized to Death
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