You never know where opportunities may come from in this creative stratosphere. Earlier this year I had the opportunity to begin writing a few freelance pieces online for Essence.com. It was a completely unexpected opportunity that I was truly grateful for. I mean, my mom was so proud. Ha! Since then, I have been asked multiple times from other writers how they might be able to write for Essence. But my experience was different. An editor there reached out to me from the work that I was already doing on my blog. So, I’m never really sure how to instruct people to go about pitching. But one day recently, I purchased a copy of Essence magazine, (the one with Our Pres and First Lady) and imagine my surprise when I opened it up and one of the first things I saw was a list of all of the print and online editors!
I was in college at the time and I remember being really frustrated about finding my space in the world as a professional anything. My boyfriend at the time was a filmmaker, graphic designer, T-Shirt printer, and, and, and. All these tried and true talents and here I was trying to make sense of a recording track in the communications major at Temple. I was looking for my talent to drop out of the sky.