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Taking a Professional Approach to a Creative Career (feat K.J. Dell’Antonia)

Episode 34

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In the newest episode of Everything Speaks, host Lee Caraher sits down with K.J. Dell’Antonia, columnist and contributing editor for the New York Times’ Well Family page, and co-host of the #AmWriting podcast. Together Lee and K.J. discuss career paths and how to land in the job you want. K.J. started out as an attorney, but it wasn’t a fit. She had six jobs in six years on her way to the New York Times.

Key takeaways:

  • If you love doing something, like writing for example, start doing it. Sometimes going from job to job looking for that great fit makes sense.
  • When you are trying to get experience, offer your services when you’re trying to just get the experience.
  • Don’t give up if you can’t find that great fit. You will eventually.
  • If you do not ask for the job, you will not get it.
  • Figure out how you can be relevant to the industry you want to be in.
  • Plan on having many stops along your career.
  • If you can have two or three different sets of ways to have revenue you’re going to have many more options in your career.
  • Take a look at the career of someone you admire and figure out where did these people start?
  • If you take a professional approach to a creative career you will stand out.

Links & Resources:

KJ’s website

KJ on Twitter

KJ on Facebook

KJ on LinkedIn

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