This is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to say…I’m moving home, temporarily.
Let me start from the beginning.
In June of 2014 I moved to Los Angeles, California, for my first “big-girl” job as a closed captions and subtitle editor. I didn’t move to LA to be an actress, to get famous, or to fall in love with an actor. Rather I was just going forward in my life, going where the job took me.
Did I want to live in LA? The idea of LA sounded great in my mind, especially compared to Oklahoma where I had lived for three years already and I was excited to go somewhere new where I could meet people and flourish.
My plan for LA was to gain experience as a captions editor, make a lot of friends, and then figure out what I really wanted to do with my future. What kind of job did I really want to have? What kind of career was best for me? I figured I would find out in LA…and I did.
Ironically, I realized that I wanted to be a writer. Don’t laugh at me…it’s not funny. Let me explain. See, I always knew that I wanted to write novels and be a published author but I always said that writing would be my side job, a part-time gig to another full-time job and then if I made it big as a writer, well, wouldn’t that be great? It also didn’t help that everyone told me that I couldn’t be a full-time writer, that writers don’t make money and are forever living in squalid conditions.
I found myself living in LA, enjoying the beaches and the nightlife, but unhappy in the fact that I wasn’t working at a job that gave me a lot of satisfaction. Out of curiosity, I began to read books, articles, and blogs about men and women who were full-time writers…and they weren’t poor! They were making a good income and living the type of life that they wanted.
If they could do it, gosh darn it, I could too! So, I’ve decided to quit my full-time job as a caption and subtitle editor and become a full-time freelance writer.
What is a freelance writer? A freelance writer is someone who writes remotely (from home or anywhere in the world) on a contract basis for different types of companies or organizations. This means that I could write articles for magazines, websites, or news sites, write blogs for companies or organizations, create marketing materials for companies, write social media posts, biographies, profiles, etc. In addition to being a freelance writer, I will also look into freelance editing, proofreading, tutoring, teaching, social media coordinator positions, and continue taking jobs as an artist and try to make my way into the photography world as well. AND you (and I) will be happy to hear that I will be focusing on my novel and getting it published! Publishing deal 2015?
I could work for these organizations or companies long-term or short-term or even for a single project. My goal is to work for a variety of companies or organizations in different positions so that I can gain a lot of different experiences. (If anyone is looking for a writer, editor, proofreader, social media guru, artist, or blogger, please contact me! I would appreciate any assistance I can get in this new adventure of mine. Thank you!)
Some people may ask why I want to do this? Don’t get me wrong, this is a scary life choice. I might not have stable or reliable work each week or even each day. The pay might not be great starting out and could rise and fall over the year. I won’t have health insurance or a 401K match and I will have to figure out my taxes on my own.
Having said that, I love writing because it gives me freedom. As a full-time freelance writer I can work anywhere that I want in the world. No two days will be the same for me. I won’t have to go into an office. I can work at a Starbucks one day, a library the next. I might not even work on the same project two days in a row or even do the same type of work (editing one day, article writing the next, writing a short story or script in the evening, and social media posting the day after). And moreover, with writing I can learn. My mind will be constantly stimulated. I will learn about different topics by writing about the news or about lifestyle. I will be traveling and learning about the world and then writing about my travels and what I discover on my blog. I’m even excited to gain more experience with writing marketing materials.
As I mentioned earlier, along with making the choice of quitting my job and becoming a writer, I’ve decided to…move in with my parents. (Hiding my face behind my hand)
Yes, as embarrassing as it sounds, I am moving in with my parents, but only temporarily! Temporarily! And it does not make me a loser…it actually makes me smart.
My apartment lease expires at the end of June, so I had to decide. Do I find a new apartment and get another year lease? Could I afford a $1,000 rent and start a new career as a writer? Eventually, I realized that it would be extremely illogical and impractical financially to change to a freelance career and live in California. I’m sure it can be done, but I don’t want to chance it and see my savings drop.
And I’ve also learned that Los Angeles just isn’t the place for me. When I tell people that I’m moving back to Texas, a few have replied, “Oh, well, it is difficult to make it in LA.” I’m not moving from LA because it was “difficult” to make it here. I have a lot of friends, I’ve found work as a freelance writer, I’ve published with a variety of sites, started a blog. I’m not struggling in LA. But I’ve realized there are a few things about LA that I’m not a fan of and I think I would be happier somewhere else.
So for now, I’m moving home with my parents. It’s the best thing at the moment (for a very short moment). I will be able to become financially stable while I begin my career as a writer. And it doesn’t hurt that I’ll have a chance to hang out with my family and friends.
I plan on building up my client list in a few months and then make a decision on where to move to next. Or maybe I’ll just run around the U.S. traveling and writing. Or maybe I’ll hop on down to South America and travel and write there for a few months. See, you can’t tell me that writers can’t make it. That all writers are poor. Or that I’m crazy.
Because you know and I know that if anyone can do this, it’s me. And it’s going to be one hell of a life.