Abbey-Victoria Smith

Abbey- Victoria Smith

I was a late bloomer into the world of journalism and news reading but in the short time I've been in my dream job- I've been a mover and shaker. My nickname is hippie Abbey among my colleagues because I'm that person who really does believe you can make anything happen in your life with your thoughts.

I read the news 5 days a week in Cairns for Hit and Triple M. I'm up at 3am and home after an F45 session, ready to get back into writing about a number of topics for my own freelance clients. My main attribute- I love finding out what makes a person, them. We are heavily focused on local news, so the amount of people who are going above and beyond to change the piece of paradise I live in, are the ones I want to have on the phone, telling me why we should be listening to their voice.

I currently have a handful of clients I create blogs, newsletters and engaging content for their websites. I also have my own blogging page, She Can Talk, which documents the ups and downs of my own life. This all began after a life changing trip to the states, and 8 months of working so hard, I eventually landed my dream job up in sunny Townsville.

I can write about anything, given some research, a spare few minutes and my laptop and love to delve into mental health, coming from my own background of dealing with autoimmune illness and spending the past year working on mental health coaching. Working in commercial radio and knowing people who are listening want the facts in an engaging way, where possible, has helped me to tweak my writing for businesses who are trying to engage clients with an attention grabbing headline and leave the details in the print.

Writing has and will always be a part of my life. I write to tell my story, but I also write to tell other people who can't seem to get the right words out on their own. Let me help you tell yours.

my core skills

Fresh

Imaginative

Honest

Committed

Understanding

Q & A

Whats the best thing to happen to you in your career to date?

I was able to cover five different regions from my news hub, across Queensland in the first 4 months I worked in my first Journalism/ Newsreader role. This was then followed by a promotion to the Cairns newsroom within the first 10 months of my first role.

What does a typical work week look like for you?:

I am up at 3am and into work by about 3:30 where I scale the paper, check emails and ring our emergency services to see what's happening in the Far North. I work until 12pm and then come home, give my sausage dog Tanq a cuddle and have breaky and get into my freelance work and life admin list.

Describe your working environment in a few sentences..

It can be quiet- I am a one woman team, in the studio, chasing those breaking news stories to announce to listeners as they're starting their day but I work with two great breakfast teams who support me and love what they do. It's easy to get out bed at 3am when you can't wait to get to work.

What sets you apart from other freelancers in your industry?

I've been told my style of writing is very relatable. Many people send me a message or email to say they feel the same way as i've written but have never been able to express those feelings. I think although I am only just starting out, I have life experience- and this can account for everything, depending on the topic and what is trying to be said.

What are the tools of your trade?

Listening and research. I've learnt the best way to understand a client and what they're asking for is to step into their shoes and really put the effort in to research their business, their competitors and the people they need to speak too. I like to find out what services they offer and then work out how I would like that information passed onto me if I was looking for their services.

Do you collaborate with others? If yes, how does that works?

At the moment, I don't collaborate with anyone but would be highly open to this if the client was looking for a few voices on a project instead of just one.

Whats been the biggest freelancing lesson to date?

The biggest lesson would be to research and know your subject better than the back of your hand. When you understand the topic and you arm yourself with the tools, you're writing can only get better.