Saturday, January 03, 2015

How to land a job where you can travel and write

I'm often asked about my travels and work. For the past four years, I've been incredibly blessed to work as a strategist and writer for one of the largest academic publishing, business intelligence, and global events organizations in the world.

My work has allowed me to trip the world fantastic and go abroad to places such as Prague in Czech Republic, Zurich in Switzerland, Copenhagen in Denmark, Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Munich in Germany, usually for 5-8 consecutive, immersive days. From my very early days of wanderlust-driven, barefoot swinging, over our East Harlem fire escape, sunset-watching, I knew I wanted to be a globetrotter, an explorer. As I got older, this passion overtook me, especially in the spring and I pledged I would try to visit at least one new place or country every year.

I also visited Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico, and at least half of the United States, including Hawaii, Missouri, Nashville. So far...

So how did I do it? How can you?

I'm a writer. My company was looking for a clever, communications expert with sharp editorial skills who could independently and quickly adapt coverage of live events into digital content; narratives, blog posts, tweets, interviews, podcast and video as well as someone who could align and oversee that this messaging matched the branding, mission, values and customer's needs. It was and is a great fit.

In a way, it is very much like being a journalist.

There is always something going on, something to write about, to bear witness to, every couple of months it's an actual event, and I go on location to cover the "story." For much of the year and pretty much every day, I am first brainstorming ideas and campaigns to story map content and fuel marketing at a top level and then implementing that messaging in smaller nuggets and variants across different channels and formats. It's not always easy. You have to ready at any given moment to anticipate what people/clients would be interested in reading and knowing more about and crafting the right recipe for delivery. There are many moving parts.

There were once few positions outside of traditional publishing and journalism where you got paid to write. But that's all changed. As a blogger, reviewer or analyst, today it's a very level playing field for anyone who's skilled and creative as a communicator.

Make it well known that you write well, effectively, clearly and quickly. At one of my previous jobs, the CEO gave me a special project, which involved going to many technology conferences and writing up trends and research forecasts for higher ups.

If you want to explore the world and travel, don't be afraid to match up your skill sets against market needs in hospitality and travel (think large hotel or restaurant chains, airlines), events (yes, you really can run away and join the circus, festival, conference) and event planning, or teaching/training/consultancies (running workshops or speaking), media production - event photography, video and summaries.

Oh yea and keep your passport valid and go-bag at arm's length so you're always ready to roll out.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Papaya Art

I came across a Papaya Art card while on honeymoon in Kauai, Hawaii. The day before my birthday, we rented a convertible and toured the island. Of course, that day the heavens opened up and we drove cautiously around the entire island, through the heavy rainstorm. When we stopped at the shops in Hanalei, I came across the card below, which we bought and now i'm obsessed with their design aesthetic. See more below.

























Monday, December 29, 2014

Home Grown

















Because a place can do many things against you, and if it's your home or if it was your one at one time, you still love it. [Even if it only exists in the memories inside of you and is no longer a real place on a map] That's how it works. 
- Cristina Henriquez, The Book of Unknown Americans



Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Bold, Consistent, Flawless: 2015

Just a reminder to myself:

BOLD STRATEGY. CONSISTENT COMMUNICATION. FLAWLESS EXECUTION.
Define and cement your purpose and what you want to get done in 2015. Map a clear and bold strategy for the most important initiatives you’ll embark upon. Communicate successes, failures, rockstar moments and misses. Do this often, celebrate the small wins and share the losses. Remember, actions speak louder than words. 
via PSFK, Will You Go Through 2015 or Grow Through 2015?

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

A Wrinkle in Time: Singing in the Rain

Numb.
Amadou Diallo [Say it “Amado”. Loved one]
Not one but 41.
Multiply it.
I place all of Heaven with its power
The skies gone gray, pouring from L.A. to Harlem, USA.
Umi’s light dims
The Goddess frowns
The Star on the Tree lost in the haze
of acrimony at 30 Rock.
Anthony Baez
My chest tightens
#Ican’tbreathe
Again
No playing ball allowed.
But he’s just a boy
#IamTrayvon
Taste the rainbow
of blood-splattered skittles
I have a dream
I will color my hoodie
with the tears of my pain.
#YaMeCanse
Protect my daughters
Kiss my brothers
Bendición
Bless me, Ultima
I still dream of Avonte’s little face.
How did we lose you,
when we left you safe at school?
And the fire with all the strength it hath
Ferguson burns
Candlelight vigils lit in vain
This type of warfare isn’t new or a shock…
Just hit rewind, again
1993 mad kids are getting tense
We didn’t start the fire
And the winds with its swiftness on its path
#Don’tshoot
And the bombs
in my head
in my head
Oscar Grant.
Don’t turn ya back.
We come in peace
Where is Daddy?
Who shot ya?
Mercy, mercy, me
Defeat and sorrow
I cannot carry the weight
of the heavy world
All these, I place
with the Universe’s almighty help and grace

Between myself and the powers of darkness

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

NYC: Becoming Julia de Burgos: The Making of a Puerto Rican Icon

Puerto Rican people
 (Photo: Wikipedia)
You are invited to Becoming Julia de Burgos: The Making of a Puerto Rican Icon:

A study of poet and political activist Julia de Burgos’ development as a writer, her experience of migration and her legacy in New York. Come celebrate on release of Centro’s Journal’s special issue on Julia.

Author: Vanessa Pérez Rosario
Moderator: Oscar Montero
Presenter: Lena Burgos Lafuente

Thursday, December 4
6:00-8:00 pm
Hunter College, Faculty Dining Room,
West Building, 8th Floor
Co-sponsored with El Museo del Barrio

RSVP for this event emailing centro.events@hunter.cuny.edu or call (212) 772-5714.
 
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