“Leap, and the net will appear”
I decided to go freelance back in January of 2014. Two weeks later, I got in a ski accident–a traumatic brain injury and recovery months in Ohio ensued. When I returned to New York after that wild ride, the dominoes continued to fall. I was diverging from the path I wanted to be on.
The ski accident may have derailed me, but in August of this year, I sharply turned the wheel (i.e. made some difficult professional/life choices) to steer back to that path.
I became a freelance video journalist.
I couldn’t write about this publicly for the first couple months after I’d made the decision, because I was too nervous about the what ifs // what if I fail? what if i disappoint? what if i burn bridges? // So I kept my head down and started hustling. An every day, Monday through Sunday, hustle.
Now, I’m just beginning to see it pay off with appearances on the TODAY show and The Meredith Vieira show, a partnership with Tastemade, and having strangers reach out to tell me how much they enjoy what I’m doing, I feel confident posting:
I took the professional leap. I said no to a stable, fantastic staff job at a media corporation because I believe in myself and in the kind of content I’m passionate about making. And I believe other people will enjoy it, too.
This drive has taken the form of my YouTube channel. It’s been a long time since I’ve been as creatively fulfilled and challenged. It let’s me combine all my skills into one, comprehensive end product–a video–that I can feel proud of.
…I also do a variety of shooting, producing, editing, and hosting gigs — for example, a constipation supplement commercial. Hey, gotta pay the bills.