Long ago, when I was a senior at Pomona College in southern California, I worked at an LA-area agency as an intern. While it wasn’t the most stimulating work – it consisted mostly of filing and organizing creative materials – it gave me the idea for advertising as a career. So almost right after graduation, I landed a job at the Los Angeles office of DDB Needham (which is now just DDB). While the agency did advertising for Universal Pictures and a few other high-profile clients, I was stuck in the media department, calling in GTE ads for dinky map-dots like Valparaiso, Indiana and Bluefield, West Virginia.
Of course I wanted to become copywriter, but then I decided to go into education, which is where I stayed for the next 20+ years. In that time, though, I decided to enroll in the American Writers and Artists Institute (AWAI)’s copywriting program, and revive my goal to be in advertising again (this time in direct marketing). Much as I wanted to be a copywriter, I allowed the security of my job to give me the “out” I needed whenever becoming a freelancer was too hard.
Well, I’m now out of being an educator, and so this is all I have for a career. There’s also travel writing and photography, but I truly believe this is the most efficient way I can make money and enjoy writing. So really, this is a dream I’ve had for almost 25 years, and this time, there’s no doubt it’s coming true