Proofreader and Editor for Work Trips and Road Trips by Monika Kanokova
The dream team is back for the third installment of the #smartcreatives freelancer series! Currently available on Amazon, this book is geared for established freelancers who often wonder what's next. Jam packed with helpful advice on topics like mindfulness, success, travel, and money, and filled with inspiring interviews of women living location-independently, this book is the push a lot of people need!
Proofreader and Editor for My Creative (Side) Business by Monika Kanokova
After editing This Year Will Be Different, I was inspired. I was driven. My life changed and my career path suddenly made sense. One year later and here we are with Monika's second book; a continuation of the first entitled My Creative (Side) Business. The first book was written to motivate. This book was written to inform on how to really make it happen. MCSB's framework is exactly like the first, chock full of articles and interviews of women around the world who turned a creative hobby (i.e. a side project) into a monetary business. Because what's better than taking something you love and enjoy doing and strategizing a way to turn it into your career?
Personally, I've learned an incredible amount since working with Monika as her editor. While working on this book, I had a full-time job copywriting, so editing the book was my real-life side project. The irony of it all was too real. Down the road, I plan on keep doing what I'm doing: keeping a full-time job to support myself financially while doing what I love on the side to eventually, one day, fingers crossed, turn my passions of creative writing and editing into my life-long career.
Copywriter & E-Commerce Web Production Assistant for South Moon Under
Here's a funny story:
I was unemployed for almost a full year. Almost.
The setting is early September, 2015. I'm out west frolicking around Portland, Seattle, and seeing Dave Matthews Band for the 20-something time at The Gorge Amphitheater, a dream of mine since I was a kid. I felt guilty enough taking this vacation because I only had a few portfolio pieces to show for. I had been applying to jobs like crazy, but nothing was sticking. You can only freelance for so long with no stable income. I was honestly scared at this point.
Here I am, walking out of the EMP Museum in Seattle, and my friend I had made from Beach to Bay Times, Grace, sent me a text that she had an opportunity for me back home at the beach on the east coast. Her boyfriend needed a new assistant who was a skilled writer, so just like that, I had a job if I wanted it. Done. I came home the next day, had the interview, and started by the following week. Pretty cool, right?
South Moon Under is a shabby chic clothing store that started in Ocean City, Maryland in 1975. It has since grown with stores now up and down the east coast. A few years ago, they expanded into e-commerce. As their web production assistant and copywriter, I basically have way too much fun playing with all the products at my desk, uploading copy and images, and writing content for all the products sold on the online store. (I know it's unrealistic that everyone reads the blurbs under what they're about to buy, so I make it funny and quirky for those who do! Hopefully, they appreciate my puns...)
It took me forever and a half to land a job, but it truly Is all about the steps you take and the connections you make. It was worth the stress and the worry because now, I'm working in a creative, laid-back office with twinkle lights above my head, surrounded by new friends, and learning more about e-commerce and the fashion industry. It couldn't have happened at a better time, and I'm thanking my lucky stars to be where I'm at. The best part, besides the benefits and paid time off ( :) ), is I still have time to work on creative freelance side projects...stay tuned for that!
Editor & Staff Writer for Beach to Bay Times Magazine
In the summer of 2015, I was given the chance to get my foot in the door within the publishing/magazine industry. (!!!!!!) Through mutual friends, I met Grace Toulotte, a graphic designer that started working for a small, startup magazine that was getting a major makeover. Because it was under new ownership, getting slightly rebranded, and hugely revamped, they were looking for new freelance writers to contribute. Grace passed my name along to the new publisher and owner, Sheri Hearn, who then read my blog and related to my story. (This is where I insert the part about the value of being honest, transparent, and yourself. It pays off.) Wanting to help get me on my feet, Sheri was excited to have me on board. Working with these women to appeal to our local community of beach locals and tourists has been an extraordinary opportunity I'll always be thankful for. While in this collaboration alongside Grace, Sheri, and a community of freelance writers, photographers, designers, and other gurus, I've learned a lot about the publishing industry and will take this experience in stride as I keep moving forward in my writing and editing career.
Click HERE to see our debut July/August issue!
Click HERE to see our Fashion & Foodie Fall issue - Sept/Oct 2015
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Associate Editor for Digital Strategist and Marketing Consultant - Luna Vega
I was introduced to Luna through Monika Kanokova; she was one of the 23 women interviewed and featured in my first project This Year Will Be Different. Oh, the irony! She works as a digital strategist and marketing consultant within the ever-evolving fashion industry, striving to help brands reach a global audience. While she's busy traveling the world, taking names, and cashing checks, I assist her with the content presented on her website, newsletters, blogs, and more. It's been incredibly rewarding to work with Luna, as I'm learning so much about a niche I previously knew nothing about. Establishing a healthy, long-term working relationship with someone who can teach you new skills while you hone in and improve on your own is something special. Luna is an exceptional businesswoman, and I'm grateful to have the opportunity to learn and grow along her side...from however many miles away, that is.
Proofreader and Editor for This Year Will Be Different by Monika Kanokova
I had the privilege of working and collaborating with a small, international team of extremely talented women to create and publish the book, This Year Will Be Different. This book is an insightful guide for anyone who is looking to start a career in freelancing or open their own business, and was written by Monika Kanokova, a freelance content strategist and community builder. Looking for ways herself to start a career in freelance, she interviewed and gathered stories of 23 women around the world who successfully turned their hobbies into viable careers. Aside from the valuable interviews of these empowering women (which Monika conducted all over Skype), the book includes chapters filled with tips and tricks to help get any freelancer or entrepreneur off the ground. I couldn't be more honored to have been involved with this project, as I know it can relate to so many people, including myself. As Monika's proofreader and copy-editor, I gained the experience I was craving to begin my career in copy-editing and began to network with inspiring artists and designers around the globe. The breath-taking illustrations were created by Ewelina Dymek and Diana Ovezea was our Fairy Godmother of an art director and type designer.
Travel and Leisure Blog Writer for I Guess That This Must Be the Place
Thailand's biggest lesson is one I always carry with me: get outside your comfort zone and see what's possible. Vulnerability makes magic.
Thailand was the game-changer. I was a recent college grad and well on my way to becoming a high school English teacher, then opted for something a little more adventurous.
Having never left the US before, I wanted to jump on the opportunity of going abroad before I had to "settle" into the traditional routine. Eat. Work. Sleep. Repeat. Not that that's a bad thing, but I simply wasn't ready for it yet. I had to get out first, see some shit. Somewhere I'd never thought I'd go.
And so I went. For seven months, a close friend and I traveled across the globe and out of our comfort zones to live and work in Southeast Asia. We taught English in a Thai magnet school located in a far-eastern city, Ubon Ratchathani. We spent four months working inside, as well as outside, of the school as ESL teachers and private tutors. When our teaching semester was over, we spent our remaining time (and money) backpacking throughout Thailand and Vietnam. While I was abroad, I started a blog to update my family and friends back home of my whereabouts and overall well-being, but then it became more than just that. It was through this blog that I reflected as I wrote to discover my feelings to change my career path.
Living in Thailand was the eye-opener of a lifetime, and looking back in retrospect, I'm thankful to have both written (moi) and visual documentation (a la Casey Condon). With Casey's stellar videos and photographs and my writing, I must admit, we made a pretty badass collaboration. Casey's photography is also featured throughout this website as well. See for yourself the lessons I learned, the times I had, and the adventure I'll never forget. I also make some awesome musical references as entry titles...if you're into that sort of thing.