At 18, I left my hometown of Wagga Wagga to study Professional Writing at the University of Canberra but dropped out in second year to work on resorts in the Whitsundays. It was a good life but the urge to be a writer never left so I moved to Melbourne to complete my degree, graduating from Deakin University with a BA in Professional Writing in 2008.
In my final semester, I did a two-week internship at Fairfax Media and to my complete surprise, was offered a job. I hadn't paid rent on time for at least six months so, of course, I took it. Over the next five years, I wrote more than 400 news articles and in-depth features for Fairfax's Melbourne Weekly (now The Weekly Review), tackling local politics, social justice, the arts, pop culture and property. I was also a reviewer for The Age's 'Good Food', 'Good Bar' and 'Cheap Eats' guides from 2010 to 2013 and wrote a weekly column called 'Stool Pigeon' for the now-defunct City Weekly, in which I reviewed 75 bars in a year (and lived to tell the tale).
In 2010, I moved to the editing desk where I edited and project-managed a wide range of news and lifestyle content. I was reluctant to move away from a full-time writing role, but saw it as an opportunity to hone my craft, polish my language and grammar skills, and learn more about the publishing process.
I moved through several editing roles at Fairfax and later at News Limited but sadly, by 2013, I'd seen most of my colleagues made redundant and the print media industry go through a period of sweeping change. So, with a decade of editing and publishing experience at my disposal, I took my fate into my own hands and set myself up as a freelance editor and writer. And I've never been happier. I'd never felt comfortable in a 9 to 5 office environment and while freelancing is a tough gig with unique challenges, I wouldn't have it any other way. It's allowed me to pursue my own creative goals (writing a book) and no matter how busy I get, I haven't once found myself wishing I still worked in an office.
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