Background: I used to be the senior writer/editor for an international trade association. A little less than five years ago, I was downsized out of my job. In the months that followed, I learned that writing and editing jobs are a whole lot scarcer than I thought. Since then, I scraped together some freelance work (that’s the great thing about being a writer/editor – you’re never unemployed, you just “go freelance”), went back to school and got a teaching certificate, and drew down my savings.
Finally, last December, after concluding that the teaching thing wasn’t working out either (why couldn’t I be a MATH teacher, or at least bilingual?), I found a copy-editing job that pays the bills and gratefully took it. I’ve been editing my little heart out ever since.
then, ten days ago, my former boss (with whom I’ve remained friendly) e-mailed me and told me about a friend of hers who’s a partner at a boutique ad agency that needs a copywriter. My ex-boss told them about me and apparently pimped me hard, yo. I followed up on the opportunity, and long story short, I’m meeting with this woman at noon today!
I’m excited but anxious, mainly because while I have more than ten years of awesome writing and editing experience, I’ve never actually worked for an agency before, and I’m concerned that will work against me. My ex-boss basically told me to quit being a weenie about the agency thing, remember that I’m the best writer I know, and go in there with my shoulders back.
Still, I figure I can use some positive energy, so wish me luck!