It’s the eternal question for the new, aspiring writer: How do I get paid for what comes out of my brain and through my fingers? How do I justify spending my day doing what I love – writing about the things I’m passionate about – without making the money required to pay the bills in the meantime?
One thing you’ll repeatedly hear should you choose to apply to the big league publications out there is “do you have any experience?” And if you don’t, more often than not, you’ll be completely ignored. I’ve been there – nothing makes you feel more insignificant than being disregarded. It doesn’t matter how good you actually are either, 9 times out of 10, if you’re an unknown quantity, an unknown writer you’ll remain.
But how do you get the experience you need, if no one will hire you? There’s no easy answer. It’s not about job applications, or smoothly flowing covering letters; it’s not even really about honing your craft or selling yourself effectively. It’s about making a choice. Making the choice, today, to get that experience, whether someone pays you to or not. It’s about deciding right now that yes, you are a writer. Then you just have to write. This is where WhatCulture! can step in to help you out.
Every single person who ever dragged themselves out of obscurity started their journey by making the choice. But of course, that’s only the first step. All of those other things will soon start to factor in – honing your craft, selling yourself, etc – writing for us will help you to get the experience you need to stand out from the pack and also to create a quantifiable online presence for yourself, for when you decide to have another stab at that magazine freelance job.
WhatCulture! boasts as audience of over 7 million readers each month, and should you decide to join the team, then your work would represent a part of that staggering figure; who knows, you could even be partly responsible for getting us to that next million.
I myself started out in August last year; just another unpaid contributor with the ego to believe he had something interesting to say. But I made a choice. I was going to get myself noticed, I was going to impress and should a paid position ever arise, I would be the one to get it. And guess what. It totally did and I totally was.
And WhatCulture! is growing faster than you would believe. Maybe you could be our next paid contributor – that first paid writing gig might be just around the corner. Regardless, you need experience if you’re to progress your writing career, it’s that simple. With WhatCulture! you can get that experience; you can learn what it’s like to put yourself in front of an audience and you will most certainly hone your craft, which can only create more opportunities for you down the road.
Make no mistake, it’s an arduous process, and that path of the scribe is not for some, but for those who’ve felt the calling, WhatCulture! wants to help you achieve your dreams.