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FREELANCE WRITER: Get Jobs Through People Not Job Boards

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Matt, a freelance writer, is also an actor, comedian, videographer, and photographer. He has many jobs, but his most regular is his freelance writer positions where he writers one to two stories a month. He worked as a staff writer for a publication for two years before it went bankrupt, but this helped establish his reputation as a writer. He advises finding writing jobs by meeting people and interning rather than online through job boards because it is very hard to find a job that pays a liveable amount that way.

Degree: Communications - Theater Arts
Job Title: Freelance Writer
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Writers and Authors

Job Description

Writers and authors develop original written content for advertisements, books, magazines, movie and television scripts, songs, and online publications.

The following are some types of writers and authors:

Copywriters prepare advertisements to promote the sale of a good or service. They often work with a client to produce advertising themes, jingles, and slogans.

Biographers write a thorough account of a person’s life. They gather information from interviews and research about the person to accurately portray important events in that person's life.

Novelists write books of fiction, creating characters and plots that may be imaginary or may be based on real events.

Songwriters compose music and lyrics for songs. They may write and perform their own songs or sell their work to a music publisher. They sometimes work with a client to produce advertising themes, jingles, and slogans and may be involved in marketing the product or service.

Playwrights write scripts for theatrical productions. They produce lines for actors to say, stage direction for actors to follow, and ideas for theatrical set design.

Screenwriters create scripts for movies and television. They may produce original stories, characters, and dialogue or turn a book into a movie or television script. Some may produce content for radio broadcasts and other types of performance.

On-the-Job Training

Some on the job training can be expected if you work for a newspaper or magazine.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
Confirm
$30,000 - $110,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
3 to 9 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Remote, Indoor, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Patience, Creativity, Written communication skills

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m='11450'>an</span> <span m='12180'>actor,</span> <span m='12910'>and</span> <span m='13390'>comedian,</span> <span m='15350'>and</span> <span m='15850'>a videographer</span> <span m='16740'>photographer.</span> </p><p><span m='17870'>Again</span> <span m='18090'>what</span> <span m='18220'>I</span> <span m='18240'>do</span> <span m='18370'>most</span> <span m='18570'>regularly</span> <span m='18990'>would</span> <span m='19150'>be</span> <span m='19330'>the</span> <span m='19430'>freelance</span> <span m='19770'>writing,</span> <span m='20845'>but,</span> <span m='21170'>you</span> <span m='21630'>know,</span> <span m='21820'>I</span> <span m='22340'>write</span> <span m='23270'>one</span> <span m='23460'>or</span> <span m='23540'>two</span> <span m='23710'>stories</span> <span m='24100'>a</span> <span m='24160'>month,</span> <span m='25126'>so</span> <span m='26650'>it's</span> <span m='26790'>a</span> <span m='26820'>part</span> <span m='27130'>time gig.</span> <span m='27600'>But</span> <span m='27710'>again</span> <span m='28230'>the</span> <span m='28340'>most</span> <span m='28560'>regular</span> <span m='28940'>of</span> <span m='29000'>all</span> <span m='29160'>that I have.</span> <span m='29360'>So</span> <span m='29600'>a</span> <span m='29680'>typical</span> <span m='30040'>day</span> <span m='30230'>for</span> <span m='30380'>me</span> <span m='31410'>is</span> <span m='32490'>waking</span> <span m='32820'>up</span> <span m='32960'>whenever</span> <span m='33330'>I</span> <span m='33380'>want,</span> <span m='34170'>dressing</span> <span m='34440'>however</span> <span m='34730'>I want,</span> <span m='35700'>usually,</span> <span m='36680'>and</span> <span m='38030'>really</span> <span m='38250'>just</span> <span m='38420'>making</span> <span m='38570'>my own</span> <span m='38870'>schedule.</span> <span m='40660'>I've</span> <span m='40830'>worked</span> <span m='41400'>retail</span> <span m='41900'>jobs</span> <span m='42210'>before,</span> <span m='42950'>I've</span> <span m='43070'>worked</span> <span m='43490'>full</span> <span m='43720'>time</span> <span m='43970'>jobs</span> <span m='44240'>before,</span> <span m='44840'>and</span> <span m='46560'>some</span> <span m='46790'>people</span> <span m='47290'>love</span> <span m='47630'>the</span> <span m='47810'>structure</span> <span m='48590'>of</span> <span m='48700'>having</span> <span m='48990'>a</span> <span m='49040'>9 to 5,</span> <span m='49750'>or</span> <span m='50600'>fixed</span> <span m='50840'>scheduled</span> <span m='51280'>hours,</span> <span m='51580'>but</span> <span m='51790'>I</span> <span m='51960'>need</span> <span m='52220'>to</span> <span m='52280'>make</span> <span m='52440'>my</span> <span m='52530'>own</span> <span m='52620'>schedule.</span> <span m='53130'>Because</span> <span m='53320'>if</span> <span m='53450'>something</span> <span m='53640'>exciting</span> <span m='54010'>comes</span> <span m='54230'>up</span> <span m='54340'>in</span> <span m='54440'>life,</span> <span m='54690'>I</span> <span m='54710'>want</span> <span m='54870'>to</span> <span m='54910'>be</span> <span m='55010'>able</span> <span m='55160'>to</span> <span m='55240'>take</span> <span m='55440'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='55810'>As</span> <span m='56040'>a</span> <span m='56110'>writer,</span> <span m='56410'>that</span> <span m='56590'>really</span> <span m='56820'>came</span> <span m='57090'>out</span> <span m='57180'>of</span> <span m='57240'>nowhere.</span> <span m='57630'>I</span> <span m='57660'>went</span> <span m='57840'>to</span> <span m='57950'>college</span> <span m='58380'>to</span> <span m='58480'>study</span> <span m='58850'>acting</span> <span m='59340'>and</span> <span m='59650'>communications.</span> <span m='59995'>I was</span> <span m='60340'>on</span> <span m='60470'>the</span> <span m='60720'>speech</span> <span m='60930'>team,</span> <span m='61280'>and</span> <span m='61800'>did</span> <span m='61930'>plays</span> <span m='62390'>up at</span> <span m='62655'>Chico</span> <span m='62920'>State.</span> <span m='63930'>Chico</span> <span m='64230'>State,</span> <span m='64530'>and I</span> <span m='64629'>graduated,</span> <span m='65430'>thank</span> <span m='65620'>you.</span> </p><p><span m='66990'>So</span> <span m='67270'>the</span> <span m='67380'>writing</span> <span m='67700'>gig,</span> <span m='67950'>I</span> <span m='67980'>just</span> <span m='68200'>met</span> <span m='68390'>a</span> <span m='68480'>publisher</span> <span m='69150'>of</span> <span m='69310'>a</span> <span m='69380'>magazine</span> <span m='70110'>at</span> <span m='70270'>a</span> <span m='70430'>random</span> <span m='70760'>party,</span> <span m='71460'>and</span> <span m='71800'>she</span> <span m='71900'>hired</span> <span m='72210'>me</span> <span m='72340'>on</span> <span m='72620'>as</span> <span m='72980'>a</span> <span m='73060'>sales</span> <span m='73430'>intern.</span> <span m='74090'>Two</span> <span m='74240'>weeks</span> <span m='74480'>later</span> <span m='74690'>they</span> <span m='74820'>had</span> <span m='75020'>an</span> <span m='75100'>opening</span> <span m='75500'>for</span> <span m='75650'>a</span> <span m='75710'>staff</span> <span m='76020'>writing</span> <span m='76330'>position,</span> <span m='77510'>and</span> <span m='77630'>that's</span> <span m='77820'>what</span> <span m='77920'>I</span> <span m='77940'>wanted</span> <span m='78180'>to</span> <span m='78260'>do.</span> <span m='78420'>I've</span> <span m='78570'>always</span> <span m='78750'>enjoyed</span> <span m='79050'>writing,</span> <span m='79380'>and</span> <span m='79460'>it</span> <span m='79490'>just</span> <span m='79670'>came</span> <span m='79850'>out</span> <span m='79910'>of</span> <span m='79970'>nowhere.</span> <span m='80870'>I</span> <span m='80930'>worked</span> <span m='81130'>for</span> <span m='81240'>that</span> <span m='81430'>magazine</span> <span m='81880'>as</span> <span m='81980'>a</span> <span m='82040'>staff writer</span> <span m='82410'>for</span> <span m='82620'>two</span> <span m='82790'>years.</span> </p><p><span m='83760'>Again,</span> <span m='84380'>didn't</span> <span m='84620'>study</span> <span m='84890'>for it,</span> <span m='85130'>didn't</span> <span m='85360'>plan</span> <span m='85630'>for it.</span> <span m='86520'>Just</span> <span m='86720'>by</span> <span m='86820'>getting</span> <span m='87120'>out</span> <span m='87270'>there</span> <span m='87430'>and</span> <span m='87500'>meeting</span> <span m='87780'>new</span> <span m='87910'>people</span> <span m='89080'>connections</span> <span m='89480'>happen.</span> <span m='90320'>So</span> <span m='90720'>after</span> <span m='91020'>that,</span> <span m='91420'>the</span> <span m='91510'>magazine</span> <span m='92170'>went</span> <span m='92390'>bankrupt</span> <span m='92780'>unfortunately.</span> </p><p><span m='93320'>But</span> <span m='93490'>since</span> <span m='93760'>then,</span> <span m='94000'>that</span> <span m='94180'>experience</span> <span m='94650'>has</span> <span m='94770'>led</span> <span m='94970'>me</span> <span m='95080'>to</span> <span m='95920'>have</span> <span m='96160'>credibility</span> <span m='96620'>as</span> <span m='96700'>a</span> <span m='96750'>freelance</span> <span m='97120'>writer,</span> <span m='97490'>and</span> <span m='97570'>I've</span> <span m='97640'>been</span> <span m='97730'>writing</span> <span m='98060'>for</span> <span m='98280'>various</span> <span m='98630'>magazines</span> <span m='99170'>ever</span> <span m='99340'>since.</span> <span m='99720'>It's been about</span> <span m='100420'>five</span> <span m='100680'>or</span> <span m='100760'>six</span> <span m='101000'>years</span> <span m='101260'>now.</span> <span m='102250'>It's</span> <span m='102440'>been</span> <span m='102850'>a</span> <span m='102950'>very</span> <span m='103390'>regular</span> <span m='103810'>source</span> <span m='104150'>of</span> <span m='104210'>income.</span> <span m='104660'>A</span> <span m='104800'>little</span> <span m='104980'>bit</span> <span m='105120'>extra</span> <span m='105350'>here</span> <span m='105510'>and</span> <span m='105610'>there</span> <span m='105810'>goes</span> <span m='106010'>a</span> <span m='106050'>long</span> <span m='106240'>way.</span> </p><p><span m='106560'>What</span> <span m='106890'>do</span> <span m='106960'>I</span> <span m='107060'>know</span> <span m='107280'>now?</span> <span m='108320'>How</span> <span m='108530'>to</span> <span m='110250'>fake</span> <span m='110480'>it,</span> <span m='110620'>I'm</span> <span m='110750'>just</span> <span m='110940'>kidding.</span> <span m='112080'>What do</span> <span m='112300'>I know now</span> <span m='112790'>about my career</span> <span m='113240'>as a</span> <span m='113310'>writer</span> <span m='113510'>that</span> <span m='113680'>I</span> <span m='113700'>didn't</span> <span m='113920'>know</span> <span m='114040'>before,</span> <span m='115520'>was</span> <span m='115990'>how</span> <span m='118590'>hard</span> <span m='119010'>it</span> <span m='119150'>is</span> <span m='119380'>to</span> <span m='119480'>find</span> <span m='119850'>a</span> <span m='119940'>good</span> <span m='120890'>writing</span> <span m='121430'>gig.</span> <span m='122400'>I</span> <span m='122520'>look</span> <span m='122730'>around</span> <span m='123370'>for</span> <span m='123650'>other</span> <span m='123950'>opportunities</span> <span m='124660'>writing,</span> <span m='125300'>and</span> <span m='125480'>I</span> <span m='125530'>see</span> <span m='125770'>people</span> <span m='126090'>pay</span> <span m='126320'>like</span> <span m='126540'>$0.01</span> <span m='126950'>a</span> <span m='127080'>word, or</span> <span m='127480'>$15</span> <span m='128440'>for</span> <span m='128669'>a</span> <span m='128740'>story,</span> <span m='129350'>which</span> <span m='129729'>I'm not</span> <span m='130210'>going</span> <span m='130330'>to</span> <span m='130810'>tell</span> <span m='131020'>you</span> <span m='131130'>what</span> <span m='131260'>I</span> <span m='131330'>make,</span> <span m='131750'>but</span> <span m='131880'>it's</span> <span m='132270'>more</span> <span m='132510'>than</span> <span m='132690'>that,</span> <span m='133340'>significantly.</span> </p><p><span m='134980'>So</span> <span m='135310'>as</span> <span m='135590'>a</span> <span m='135760'>writer</span> <span m='136300'>I've</span> <span m='136450'>learned</span> <span m='136750'>that</span> <span m='136860'>it</span> <span m='136990'>is</span> <span m='137130'>a</span> <span m='137190'>very--</span> <span m='138670'>I've learned</span> <span m='139170'>that I</span> <span m='139290'>got</span> <span m='139490'>very</span> <span m='139770'>lucky.</span> <span m='140650'>And</span> <span m='141020'>it</span> <span m='141240'>really</span> <span m='141520'>helps</span> <span m='141880'>to</span> <span m='142130'>know</span> <span m='142450'>people.</span> <span m='143020'>And</span> <span m='143520'>instead</span> <span m='143990'>of</span> <span m='144600'>finding</span> <span m='145090'>a</span> <span m='145510'>job</span> <span m='145810'>as</span> <span m='145900'>a</span> <span m='145970'>writer</span> <span m='146290'>through</span> <span m='146540'>Craigslist</span> <span m='147090'>or</span> <span m='147190'>online,</span> <span m='147670'>it's</span> <span m='147900'>better</span> <span m='148140'>to</span> <span m='148290'>just</span> <span m='149160'>try</span> <span m='149490'>and</span> <span m='149690'>meet</span> <span m='149880'>people</span> <span m='150170'>that are</span> <span m='150320'>doing</span> <span m='150540'>it.</span> <span m='150810'>Just</span> <span m='150980'>trying,</span> <span m='152560'>if</span> <span m='152650'>you're</span> <span m='153030'>writing</span> <span m='153430'>is</span> <span m='153530'>your</span> <span m='153660'>passion,</span> <span m='154680'>start</span> <span m='154870'>interning</span> <span m='155180'>at</span> <span m='155260'>a</span> <span m='155330'>newspaper</span> <span m='155635'>or</span> <span m='155940'>magazine,</span> <span m='156470'>and</span> <span m='156560'>really</span> <span m='156820'>get</span> <span m='157030'>in</span> <span m='157160'>there,</span> <span m='157360'>and get to</span> <span m='157580'>know</span> <span m='157770'>the</span> <span m='157850'>people,</span> <span m='158235'>so</span> <span m='158620'>you</span> <span m='158800'>can</span> <span m='158900'>start</span> <span m='159150'>getting</span> <span m='159420'>paid</span> <span m='160430'>as,</span> <span m='160770'>you</span> <span m='160930'>know,</span> <span m='161330'>a</span> <span m='161730'>human</span> <span m='162030'>being.</span> </p>","file":{"id":379295,"video_id":"3385821522001","name":"2359-Matt-FreelanceWriter","duration":163353,"thumbnail_url":null}});