What It's Like To Be
From postal worker to film producer, what is it like to do what you do?
A Day in My Life as a Full-Time Content Creator
I write articles, I make videos, I create content for a living. Allow me to introduce myself, this is Abena, freelance writer, business owner, content creator.
Why I No Longer Model
“You can pay Uncle Sam with the overtime. Is that all you get for your money? It seems such a waste of time if that’s what it’s all about. Mama, if that’s movin’ up then I’m movin’ out.” ~ Billy Joel — “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)”
Watching the SLP.
When most people think of a classroom substitute they think of a substitute teacher. Likely a college student trying to make ends meet who babysits some kids doing a premade assignment until the bell rings. That isn't exactly what substitutes do, they certainly do more, however this isn't my job title. I'm a substitute paraprofessional, also called a substitute teacher's aide and I work almost exclusively in special needs classrooms helping teachers and students.
Speaking for the Dead
I love my job because it is unique. If someone asks me what I do they had better be prepared to listen to me talk about it for a while, because once I start talking I may never shut up.
What Working in the Film & TV Industry is Really Like
Working in an industry that the world views as glamorous has quite its perks. However, it has more downsides to its pros. It also has a dark side.
A writer is born
My first ever written publication, although I use that phrase loosely, was in the Metro News. The local advertiser "delivered free to every household" in Manchester, from the people who brought you Manchester Evening News. Something had annoyed me! I wrote a letter. But it never got published! But somebody else's wimpy letter on the same subject did!
Writing for the Dead
The first time my writing was published was in 1993, when I was the circulation manager for a small weekly newspaper in Detroit. The full-time reporters considered the job of writing death notices to be beneath them, and shoved it off onto me.
Starting a new job is always kind of rough but I felt that this time this was a job that I would really like. I had wanted to get into Detox Nursing for several years and this was the first time that I had actually taken the plunge, applied for and accepted a position in that field. I was convinced that this was going to be a major shift for me. I was excited when I got a call to work a full-time job there. I had just finished up a contract job at another location and I felt that it was time to take on a full-time job with better benefits.
Iced Rooms and Locker Cream
...WHAT did I just say? (But, whatever I said, I guarantee you that I have your attention now). Let's try this again, shall we?
So You Want to Be a Pilot.
So you want to be a pilot. Maybe someone inspiring in your family is a pilot. Maybe you’re a trust fund baby with nothing better to do. Maybe you just like airplanes. Navigating the aviation world as a rookie is tough no matter who you are, so I’m here to tell you everything an instructor won’t.
The Art of Cleaning
Who doesn’t love a fresh clean home? We stop and gaze at it in wonder and satisfaction. It’s relaxing and soothing because, if for no other reason, it’s done. The nagging chore checked off the to-do list. We’re aware we will have to do it again another day, but in the moment…this is bliss.
The Myth of the 'Respectable Job'
What even is a 'respectable job'? For most if not the entirety of my life, a recurring statement I heard from my parents, teachers, well-meaning aunts and uncles was: "Work hard in school so you can get yourself a respectable job."