It has been a long time since I have updated anything on the job front lately in this blog and there is a good reason for that: it's summer!
Since the start of July I have been busy — thankfully — working on a few freelancing projects for a number of clients who have either found me with this website or by meeting me face-to-face through a handful of networking opportunities. I have also continued my hunt on finding full time work, and so far the extreme-challenge continues. Luckily, July has also given me some time to relax and reflect so I can figure out my options for my career.
I've had a few job interviews, but no job offers. But luckily the freelancing opportunities are continuing to come my way which is really exciting. It's exciting because I think I can make a go at this without ever finding full-time work, but it's still too early to jump to that conclusion.
The fact that I am having an easier time finding freelancing opportunities has made me realize I am now part of the so-called gig-economy. Watch the video below to learn a little more about it:
Working on these freelancing opportunities has suddenly renewed my passion to be an awesome storyteller and a multimedia journalist again — something I haven't felt since leaving the Edmonton Sun in 2013.
This seems hilarious to me because when someone would tell me they were a "freelance journalist" I used think that was a better way to say "unemployed." Not anymore. It is so easy to freelance now, especially in an economy full of new start-up companies, new technology, and a sudden shift in how quality journalism gets funded. Investigative journalists are looking to Kickstarter to fund their work and community leaders who are dismayed by seeing the quality of local journalism decline because of shrinking newsrooms are taking matters into their own hands by creating independent, community-driven news sources. A good example of this is Taproot Edmonton.
I look forward to working with Taproot Edmonton and hopefully I can make a go at this freelancing thing. It's going to be an amazing summer if I can.