I was semi-surprised the other day when a close friend of mine admitted that she didn’t know what I did for a living. I can’t say I blame her – I usually don’t talk about work. Especially when, for a time, my job strayed away from what it was I was proud to do in a way which was beyond my control. And now that I love what I do (for the most part,) talking about it just feels like bragging!
I’ve realized that a lot of people still don’t understand what it is that I do, even when I try to explain it to them. You know what? This warrants a post!
I am a copywriter.
Yup, it’s as exciting as it sounds. I write copy. Now, I guess a lot of people don’t know what copy is. Guess what? You’re reading it. Copy is written material. As my bio says, “I make words pretty as my job.” I string together sentences for a living. It’s actually kind of great.
A few cool things to know about my job:
- I write print (magazine) advertisements, emails, and website copy and ads.
- My words are translated in 13 different languages and seen in over 180 countries around the world.
- I write for three different main (and very broad) audiences: B2C (business to consumer), B2B (business to business) and affiliate, which is sort of a mixture of both.
- I work in the online gambling industry
- I get to write for a living, and it’s what I’ve dreamed about my whole life!
- I also do a lot of stuff not listed in my job description, some of which I love (managerial involvement) and some of which I dislike (uploading and sending emails.)
That’s about the gist of it! I get to work with a lot of great people who have become my friends, so that’s also pretty cool.
And then, at the end of the day, I go home and write some more, because it is also a life-long goal to be a traditionally-published novelist! But you all knew that already.
Do you spend your days doing what you love? What are your life-long goals?