Why writing online is helping my career in the long run, regardless of if I make money in the short-term.

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I am a pandemic grad.

I graduated with my BFA in Musical Theatre in May 2020. I’m pursuing an MA in scriptwriting in London in 2021–22. When the theatre industry went dark in March 2020, my life turned upside down.

It took me a while to get back on my feet. After finishing my senior showcase in NYC, I went back to my college apartment. I was sick with COVID-19, unable to see my parents who were high-risk and healthcare workers. My friends were close, yet I couldn’t see them. I was sick in a 300 square foot apartment with…


WRITING

I’m not knocking the hustle, but some of these courses give me drop-shipping guru vibes.

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I’ve been publishing regularly online for only a month and have already been bombarded with writing courses that promise to solve any and every problem an aspiring freelancer might have.

Consider the following rhetoric popping up with (some, not all) freelance writing gurus. Some of this is copy-pasted. (Truth is stranger than fiction, after all.)

“Make $1,000 in your first month on X writing platform! Register for my $1500 course, now $500! Only for the next [insert generic countdown widget]! Don’t miss out!”

“Only making pennies creating online? …


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Mastering the complex art of sustainable daily writing practice.

Since the pandemic gripped the world, I’ve spent most of it feeling lost. As an actor-writer, I graduated college into an industry that was fully shut down and grappled not only with my creative process but who I wanted to be as a person.

It took a great deal of trial and error and a lot of introspection, but I’ve finally found a writing process that works for me instead of against me. Instead of seeing writing as a separate set of tasks, I treat writing as part of my life. If you’re frustrated with your output, please take the…


MENTAL HEALTH, SELF-IMPROVEMENT

Making big life decisions is stressful enough without COVID-19 breathing down your back. Here’s how you can make it through.

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the idea that after making many decisions, a person’s ability to make additional decisions becomes worse.

Decision fatigue on a casual level is hard enough. Instead of enjoying dinner, you ruminate over which recipe will be the easiest to prepare. The time you take to decide takes longer than you expect, and the added stress makes your cooking even more frantic.

Since the pandemic began, our decisions have amped up to extreme levels. Going to the grocery store isn’t just going to the grocery store. …


From grammar to SEO, here are the free writing resources I use.

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I’m a scriptwriter by trade and a new grad. Between a limited budget and writing in multiple mediums, finding tools that work for me has been quite the adventure. And free versions that are actually effective? That’s the real kicker!

I’ve been experimenting with lots of different plugins and programs and narrowed my favorites down to these 9 recommendations. I use the free version for every single one!

Keep reading for tools that will make writing easier without breaking the bank.

Titles

I’ve included three title analyzers in this list and added screenshots to show how the same title scores…


MARKETING

Working with e-commerce brands has given me insight into what makes a successful content creator.

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If you’ve come across my writing before, you might know me as an actor-scriptwriter. But (big reveal!) I’m also an influencer marketing professional. I work at an awesome influencer marketing startup that helps brands get more returns from their influencer campaigns.

The world of influencer marketing and social media was new to me. I trained in traditional performance and scriptwriting but was curious about digital media. There is such an abundance of content across many platforms, there are a myriad of mediums. It can get intimidating, it can be overwhelming… but it’s also inspiring!

My experiences in the influencer marketing…


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A year after graduating into a pandemic, getting an MA is a commitment to my personal growth.

I graduated from Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts in 2020 and my plans were thrown out of the window. Moving to a bigger market? Nope. Getting callbacks for a touring show? Nah. The dreams I worked toward for years were out of reach. Not even out of reach… but completely non-existent in a world on its knees because of COVID-19.

But there were bigger things to anguish about than my career.

My parents (both healthcare workers), the safety of my friends, professors and collaborators. The worry and fear were intense. There was far too much on my plate to think…


Writing during a time of tragedy made me a better writer and a better person.

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I graduated from college in May 2020 into an unprecedented global trauma. To say it depressed me was an understatement. On any week my moods ranged from completely hopeless to cautiously optimistic. But I was lucky enough to have a family I could move in with and remote work to support myself. I was grateful because I had resources not everyone else had- but I couldn’t sit still and write.

I was grateful to have a family to stay with and to work from home, but my inability to focus made me feel ungrateful. It made me feel like a…


Solo projects that are pandemic safe!

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Being an actor during a pandemic is awful. Existing during a pandemic is awful. There’s no denying it. But there’s good news: you can still create your own work.

Content creation might seem intimidating, especially if you’re accustomed to working with a script and attending in-person rehearsals. It’s a jarring shift to go from a community of colleagues to a ring light and smartphone in your room. Trust me, I understand.

As uncomfortable or new as it might feel, creating content is a great way to keep developing as a performer. Here are four simple ideas to get you started.

1. Play up your quirks


Who knew a typewriter keyboard and Apple Pencil could make such a difference?

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I’ve been lucky enough to work from home during the pandemic but as a new grad I’ve struggled to create a writing space that worked for me. I’m currently living out of my sister’s old room with my mother, aforementioned sister and four (yes, four) cats and have very little space of my own. Going from my own (albeit small) apartment to moving back in with my family is a big shift but I’m grateful to have a place to stay. …

Lydia-Renee Darling

I’m an MMM- a multi-hyphenate media maven! A trained actor, produced playwright and creative with a love of pink and an obsession with tea lattes.

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