A Writer’s Adventure Pt. 23

First Writing Gig, Scored

Whether you’re a writer or striving to master a different profession, know that you must develop a sense of self. What I mean is, you must be sure of your abilities. 

For example, I’m trained to write almost everything. Though my goal is writing for TV, I would be crazy to snub opportunities, where I could kick-ass. 

When you get to this point, where you know, in your heart of hearts, that the gig is yours, don’t screw it up with arrogance.

There’s a fine line between arrogance and confidence. Confidence is being sure of yourself and abilities. Arrogance is bragging about it. Don’t you do it. Be patient, know your craft, and your brilliance will show through your work. 

When you qualify for a position and you’re called for an interview, be humble, yet be firm in your belief in kicking-ass at the position. 

It’s tricky, but you don’t want to present yourself as if you’re all that. Yes, always think this inside, but people don’t like being told how wonderful you are, that may be true, but how will that help them? 

Your goal is to tell how your skills with help their company.Why should they take a chance on you, because you say that you’re great, no. They need a benefit for choosing you.

Your confidence and style won’t land you the gig. Proving your a fit for the job description will. Always think in terms of features and benefits.

You goal, again, is to show you’re the right person for the job. 

The gig I scored was for an internship, writing two articles a week. In return, I get exposure. I was asked to send writing samples.

To succeed, I studied the website and read numerous artles. I applied many of the principles from The Self-Assement  Guide and I created an edge.

The edge was my ability to intertwine my voice with their style. Again, I did this by researching the site and learning all about them, before sending in samples. I used my extra time to secure the internship and it paid off. 

The most important thing to know is, you must always give to get. What are you doing to get what you want in life?

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