I joined Alex Manzi for episode 5 of his Dreamers Disease Podcast to give some tips on being a journalist, pitching etiquette, finding your voice and more. Listen below.
Dreamers Disease. That’s the name of Alex Manzi’s recently launched podcast series, which: “looks into the stories of inspirational guests; finding out what they do, why they do it and their motivations behind what they do.” Each episode aims to “provide fresh knowledge and wisdom from people who are doing the things they love, with an aim to draw some inspiration and learnings from each of them.”
Alex invited me on to the podcast to talk about being a journalist (and a blogger), and gauge some insight into what all that actually consists of. I loved chatting with him, and hope I shared some bits of wisdom! Have a listen to the episode below and let me / Alex know what you think! He’s over on @IAmAlexManzi.
The subject is one I’m passionate about, that of finding your voice, I mean. It took me a long time to find mine. I think I’d probably be lying if I said I had it all figured out even now. I think that’s a good thing though, it allows room for growth and opportunity and I find it so exciting that life offers up all that space for change.
I’ve been writing for many, many years now. At least 7 in my current journalistic capacity. Over that time I’ve gone from writing predominantly about music: interviewing artists the likes of Ed Sheeran, The Game and Tinie Tempah, to writing predominantly about fashion and lifestyle for the likes of Grazia and The Debrief. Now, I still incorporate many of those elements in my work, but I’ve also been actively touching more on social commentary and opinion: how social media affects us and issues affecting millenials and women.
It feels like a natural journey, actually. Like writing about all of those things – which I loved and still love – allowed me to flex expressing my opinions; allowed me ample opportunity to research and interview and write, each time figuring out more and more how to make what I meant and what I felt and what I wanted to say transparent on the page.
I think that’s the thing I wish I had known earlier on; that no one else really knows what they’re doing, either. That it’s okay not to. That you’ll figure it out as you go and that actually all of those people you are on the way to that all play a role in contributing to the final package.
Let me know what you think in the comments below!
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