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Topic: What's your day job?
Posted By: MissKeister
Subject: What's your day job?
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 1:10pm
And what's your relationship to writing?  

I'm the assistant to an eccentric real-estate guy (landlord/appraiser).  My hopeful forever job is screenwriting, someday!  (Or, marry rich and eat bon-bons).

Even if it never pans out... writing makes me happy.

I wrote short stories for several years (well, all my life, but more frequently/seriously beginning in college) before I dipped my toes in screenwriting, and fell in love.  The freedom to just say what happens and not worry about making it sound beautiful is my favorite!


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Posted By: gertojeda
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 1:22pm
I am an Auditor. Numbers are my life. Writing crappy scripts keeps me sane. That and lots of scotch.



Posted By: lisafox10800
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 1:59pm
Day Job #1: Mom to two boys and a furbaby

Day Job #2 (The paying one): Pharmaceutical market research consultant. I interview doctors, nurses, managed care people, patients, and anyone else related to healthcare. (Nurses are my favorite to interview. Cardiologists my least favorite). And then I synthesize what they tell me and write a report. I'm used to dealing with ridiculous deadlines and making quick business decisions, so the contest requirements aren't really a foreign idea for me.

Through college, I wrote a lot of poetry and then gave it up when I realized it would never pay the bills and I needed to focus on climbing the corporate ladder. (I was very "all or nothing" back then).

And then I hit 40. In the midst of a quasi mid-life crisis, I decided to go back to everything I used to love. I joined a women's softball league and discovered I was still capable of hitting hard line drives. And then I stumbled on this crazy NYCM Flash Fiction contest via a facebook pop-up ad and decided to try my hand at writing again. That was two and a half years ago. And life hasn't been the same since! Smile


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Posted By: jdadams1
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 1:59pm
I’m a corporate writer. I write, edit, and distribute instructional communications to employees in a large company. The communications themselves are pretty cut-and-dry (things like “To sign up for health benefits, complete these five actions by Dec. 1.”). But a big part of the job is editing down unwieldy text to get to the heart of the message; for instance, I frequently have a 100-word maximum. I think this has helped me be more economical in my writing when it comes to opportunities like The Short Screenplay Challenge and (especially) the Flash Fiction Challenge.

I would like to be a novelist. I had never written a screenplay before this challenge, but I have had some stage plays I’ve written performed at festivals, and I am slowly but surely plugging away at a young-adult novel. 

I also produce a monthly comedy show and regularly perform improv. One of my teams performs a format called The Movie, where we improvise films and TV shows in a variety of genres, complete with calling out (and acting out) camera angles, transitions, musical score, etc. We spend a lot of time studying film, and I think this has helped me understand screenplays a little. 


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Posted By: lisafox10800
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 2:00pm
Originally posted by MissKeister MissKeister wrote:

And what's your relationship to writing?  

I'm the assistant to an eccentric real-estate guy (landlord/appraiser).  My hopeful forever job is screenwriting, someday!  (Or, marry rich and eat bon-bons).

Even if it never pans out... writing makes me happy.

I wrote short stories for several years (well, all my life, but more frequently/seriously beginning in college) before I dipped my toes in screenwriting, and fell in love.  The freedom to just say what happens and not worry about making it sound beautiful is my favorite!

Bon-bon eating is a noble pursuit. Wink


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Posted By: northernwriter
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 2:21pm
I'm a middle school math teacher in Alaska. My students provide lots of inspiration and drama for my writing LOL!

I have always loved reading and writing. I saw a FB ad for the NYC midnight contests and signed up for the FF contest this summer. The rest is history! I'm now addicted.




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Posted By: jdadams1
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 2:33pm
Originally posted by northernwriter northernwriter wrote:


I have always loved reading and writing. I saw a FB ad for the NYC midnight contests and signed up for the FF contest this summer. The rest is history! I'm now addicted.



Exactly what happened to me!


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Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 2:48pm
I'm a professional Luddite, which is interesting given I work in IT.  No Facebook, but I have a signed (First Edition, I think) copy of Robert McKee's 'Story' from when I took his seminar at UNLV in 2003 and he mentioned NYCM in one of his email blasts.

I also have one of Anne McCaffery's books signed when she was in Berkley back in the mid 80s, which is kind of fun.  To paraphrase her, writing is my 'comfort book' when the world closes in.  Like the title of an episode of Twilight Zone, it's a World of my Own.


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Posted By: cheezopath
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 2:49pm
the "story" seminar was good as hell

dayjob crowd VFX for commercials


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Posted By: J_Fox
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 3:00pm
Advertising creative director/copywriter. Work samples at https://www.jasonfox.net" rel="nofollow - www.jasonfox.net . Best known in the industry for being http://www.twitter.com/leeclowsbeard" rel="nofollow - @leeclowsbeard . 

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Posted By: stephenmatlock
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 3:27pm
Technical editor/publisher (long-form documentation, API guides, user-facing knowledge articles, video scripts) for cloud documentation. I write poetry, short stories, novels, and various forms of scripts--screen, stage, and radio. Also I like to cook, always by taste and feel--it's boring to me to create the same meal twice. I always experiment and adjust. Prefer the Syrahs/Merlots to Cab/Savs, and I'm partial only to champagne among the clears. No, I don't do the pinks.


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Posted By: beckyrcollins
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 4:17pm
Main job is writing scripts and treatments for corporate videos (mostly animation and motion graphics) but the amount of times we don't have scripts or treatments to do is a lot lol. So am also using working at a production company as an opportunity to learn editing, storyboarding, producing and all that good stuff. 

I've always written, but at the moment I would say I'm still finding my jam. Screenwriting, playwriting, novel writing and figuring out how to write freelance all share my very-much-divided attention. Which is why I really rate NYC -- the short deadlines force me to focus on finishing one project, one type of media.


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Posted By: Tim G
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 6:31pm
I run a small creative agency in London specialising in healthcare.

So basically I sell drugs :)


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Posted By: manifestlynot
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 6:48pm
I’m a content writer/editor at an educational company, after several years in the classroom as an English teacher. I get to write and correct grammar every day - my two favorite things! Star 

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Posted By: TheSiren
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 7:16pm
I wish I got paid to write! Not yet, but soon! Good things in the works.

I currently have a home bakery. I went to culinary school and really love to cook (more than baking actually). 

However writing has and always will be my #1 passion. Even as a kid, I was writing short stories and poems. I thought I would write novels until I was about 17. Then I dove head first into screenwriting. 

My friend basically forced me to enter this contest after she found it and did the flash fiction. I'm glad she did! 

In a 'super' short amount of time, I wrote this short and helped film it for Tuf Cooper (rodeo champ). Kind of a promo. And be forewarned, it is meant to be corny! I even threw in a product placement, one of those goofy things I've always wanted to do LOL. Check it out!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnPXyGpBnzY&t=1s" rel="nofollow - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnPXyGpBnzY&t=1s  - Janae


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Posted By: Zblugg
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 7:26pm
Senior French Writer/Editor for the Canadian Gov. It's not soul-sucking, but it's also not the most creative or dynamic workplace. I just finished a stint as a Consumer Policy Analyst, and this felt more creative and dynamic, though a LIIIIIITLE more soul-sucking.

NYCM came to me via a Facebook ad just in time for me to enter the 2017 Screenwriting Challenge. Having NEVER written a screenplay before and not exactly having 75 CAD to spend on fickle things like contests, of course I entered. The rest is history.

I've actually never done as good as my first time in SWC (2nd then HM), FF (1st, 2nd, then HM) or SSC (1st, 1st, then HM). I hope to revive the flames with Short Story, where I was miffed last year with my chatlog/police reports gamergate story. 

Bring it.


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Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 8:08pm
Originally posted by Zblugg Zblugg wrote:

Senior French Writer/Editor for the Canadian Gov. It's not soul-sucking, but it's also not the most creative or dynamic workplace. I just finished a stint as a Consumer Policy Analyst, and this felt more creative and dynamic, though a LIIIIIITLE more soul-sucking.

NYCM came to me via a Facebook ad just in time for me to enter the 2017 Screenwriting Challenge. Having NEVER written a screenplay before and not exactly having 75 CAD to spend on fickle things like contests, of course I entered. The rest is history.

I've actually never done as good as my first time in SWC (2nd then HM), FF (1st, 2nd, then HM) or SSC (1st, 1st, then HM). I hope to revive the flames with Short Story, where I was miffed last year with my chatlog/police reports gamergate story. 

Bring it.


French.  Bah.  I seriously need to get less lazy and start polishing my French (I should just replace it...hard to polish something that...anyway) since I'm going to be in France next year.

Gamergate story rocked.  It also happened recently (not to that degree, but darn close); ran into a story about something like that on the news.


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Posted By: PennyForThem
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 8:27pm
Programmer of increasingly no-longer-that-small human male.

Content producer for a communications company.

Thought Collector for my own business Penny For Them - biography service tending to be for palliative care clients.


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Posted By: lisafox10800
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 8:38pm
Originally posted by Tim G Tim G wrote:

I run a small creative agency in London specialising in healthcare.

So basically I sell drugs :)

Funny, I tell people how to sell them!


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Posted By: Zblugg
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 8:47pm
Originally posted by Random Random wrote:

Gamergate story rocked.  It also happened recently (not to that degree, but darn close); ran into a story about something like that on the news.

In a way, I hate how it keeps being relevant. 

Also, thanks!


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Posted By: rwalker
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 8:50pm
Nice to see other writers here.

I'm a UX Content Strategist for a Health Insurance Company, originally started out in Advertising as a Copywriter... but got tired of advertising and loved being more useful by shaping creative experiences. 

I minored in Creative Writing in school, so I loved writing short stories. Fell out of love with it by the time I graduated. I loved character development and dialogue, so one day I had a conversation with a content freelancer who was also a screenwriter. She's the one who told me about NYCMidnight, and I entered early last year to learn as went along. Haven't looked back since! 


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Posted By: NilesPerry
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 8:56pm
I’m a researcher-for-hire. I work for companies that don’t have in-house Research & Development departments due to downsizing. Most of the companies I work for are foreign. I’ve been doing this for 20-years. I get to work at home and set my own hours.


Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 9:22pm
Nothing to see here, screen writers...

Just a Flasher with a phone that lies about which Forum things are posted in. Lol


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Posted By: Suave
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 9:37pm
For the past few years I have been under contract with Danica Patrick to be her escort for whenever she comes to Thailand for rest and relaxation.  I have found this to be very fulfilling.


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Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 10:02pm
Originally posted by Zblugg Zblugg wrote:

Originally posted by Random Random wrote:

Gamergate story rocked.  It also happened recently (not to that degree, but darn close); ran into a story about something like that on the news.

In a way, I hate how it keeps being relevant. 

Also, thanks!


The is no way in which I don't hate how it's relevant.  Why can't we just...I don't know...be adults?

Oh, well.  I blame AOL.  Seriously.  It took 20 years, give or take.


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Posted By: lisafox10800
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 10:05pm
Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:

Nothing to see here, screen writers...

Just a Flasher with a phone that lies about which Forum things are posted in. Lol

You are totally welcome down in Screenwritingland, Nod! (Be careful... this may very well be your next stop with NYCM!) Smile


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Posted By: Zblugg
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 10:19pm
Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:

For the past few years I have been under contract with Danica Patrick to be her escort for whenever she comes to Thailand for rest and relaxation.  I have found this to be very fulfilling.

This maaaaaaaaaaaybe shouldn't have made me laugh as hard as it did. But it did.

Also Danica Patrick... *swoon*


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Posted By: Suave
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 10:51pm
Originally posted by Zblugg Zblugg wrote:

Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:

For the past few years I have been under contract with Danica Patrick to be her escort for whenever she comes to Thailand for rest and relaxation.  I have found this to be very fulfilling.

This maaaaaaaaaaaybe shouldn't have made me laugh as hard as it did. But it did.

Also Danica Patrick... *swoon*


Yes, very hot!


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Posted By: BrianaNichol
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 11:14pm
Office Assistant in the Fine Arts department at a university. 

I graduated with a B.A. in Theatre and a B.A. in Film Production from Michigan State. While in school I would write sketches and my own content for my Acting on Camera class. I liked writing so I enrolled in a screenwriting class where we had to have a rough draft for a feature film by the end of the semester. 4 months. I loved it so much!

Now since I'm at a desk on a computer all day I work on my screenplays. Just finished a short that's about 29 pages and currently working on two new features. Hoping to eventually win a fellowship like the Academy Nicholls, Sundance Development, Nickelodeon or Disney. Have to get better at the craft as I feel like I'm currently better at coming up with ideas than writing itself. This community is helping a lot and I'm forever grateful from what I've been learning from you all!


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Posted By: BrianaNichol
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 11:24pm
Originally posted by J_Fox J_Fox wrote:

Advertising creative director/copywriter. Work samples at https://www.jasonfox.net" rel="nofollow - www.jasonfox.net . Best known in the industry for being http://www.twitter.com/leeclowsbeard" rel="nofollow - @leeclowsbeard . 

Just followed you! (BougardBriana)


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Posted By: Ashtos
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 11:27pm
Coordinator of Volunteer Resources for a large nonprofit.

On the side I make movies with one of my best friends under the production company Soundstage 93. I write, he directs, we produce.  We've finished a few projects, latest one is here:

http://https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Jj-ifjJ5rtPkaKhRZ0LQH0Yu8DxmMNvx" rel="nofollow - Holiday Spirit
Produced for the 2018 Blood & Guts 48 hour film competition 
Required elements: Horror genre, holiday theme, flashlight, and the line "What's that supposed to mean"

I gotta say, seeing a script turn into a film is the craziest thing ever. :)


Posted By: thesaura73
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 11:58pm
Communications analyst for the state-- Mostly Medicaid. I write communications for providers, plans, partners, legislators, members, manage websites and mass mailings, advise on communication strategies, etc. (and am generally known for "performing magic" LOL). So weird how so many here are writing in the health care field! 

But have been a creative writer all my life but it only occurred to me upon seeing the NYCM posts pop up in my FB feed that I could use my talents for turning around urgent writing requests to finally go back to "real" writing!....So, glad I tried it out!


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Posted By: alexdsut
Date Posted: 05 Dec 2018 at 5:17am
Well, we're definitely a diverse bunch, aren't we :P That's great to see!

I'm currently a Copywriting & PR Content Manager for a video game company (a job I took to get into interactive narrative). 

Always been passionate about storytelling, but only really got into scriptwriting during my undergraduate degree, where I took a class in playwrighting. I then went on to do a Masters in Scriptwriting (for screen and radio), worked as a freelance script writer/editor for a few years, and now here I am :) 

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Posted By: JeffreyHowe
Date Posted: 05 Dec 2018 at 11:02am
Technical writer -- online help and training materials for insurance administration software. Just as interesting as it sounds, but I've somehow managed to be there 20 years now. 

Started writing novels and short stories around 2003. Accidentally wrote a screenplay four years ago, never looked back. 


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Posted By: LiseeJD
Date Posted: 05 Dec 2018 at 11:30am
I print T shirts, hoodies and accessories for horsey people. I am also a home educator to 2 of my 5 children. The others have left home or are in college. I write the occasional blog post for a friend's business too. 


Posted By: FMau
Date Posted: 05 Dec 2018 at 4:16pm
ELT author (coursebooks for secondary and adult education, resource books for teachers etc.), conference speaker, teacher trainer. So I spend four or five months a year living out of a suitcase and eight in my pjs. 

Creative writing - there's an element of it in my job (word counts of 250 - 500 words, usually, with a limit on the lexis and grammar), but apart from that, I've been writing since I was a child, whether stories, poetry (been published) or my journals. I have a blog with bits and bobs, and am supposed to be writing a novel, and expanding on some of my blog things, but...... as a single mum for the last 18 years, time has not been in great supply, SO as it's now beginning to say Hello again, I'm here to learn, and to feel like I actually can do it. Maybe. One day.  'The Dream Spinners', my Ch1 screenplay, was the first screenplay I've ever written, although audioplays are part of my job (not often very exciting ones, but I'm allowed to get creative from time to time). 

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Posted By: JPGriswold
Date Posted: 21 Dec 2018 at 1:46am
Day job - I'm a private tutor - mainly SAT/ACT prep but some academic Physics and Math help as well. My favorite is helping high school students prep their college essays!

I'm really trying to break into TV writing more than anything. I self produced a TV comedy pilot I wrote and I'm going to try to get some traction with it in the new year!


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Posted By: trish1206
Date Posted: 11 Jan 2019 at 8:32pm
ACX/Audible audiobook narrator.

Was an advertising copywriter for years out of college.  Not writing anymore for my day job, because it sucked the joy from it.




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Posted By: Zblugg
Date Posted: 11 Jan 2019 at 9:22pm
Originally posted by trish1206 trish1206 wrote:

ACX/Audible audiobook narrator.

Was an advertising copywriter for years out of college.  Not writing anymore for my day job, because it sucked the joy from it.

Question (totally interested question, too): how would one get into narrating for Audible?


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Posted By: trish1206
Date Posted: 11 Jan 2019 at 9:34pm
Originally posted by Zblugg Zblugg wrote:

Originally posted by trish1206 trish1206 wrote:

ACX/Audible audiobook narrator.

Was an advertising copywriter for years out of college.  Not writing anymore for my day job, because it sucked the joy from it.

Question (totally interested question, too): how would one get into narrating for Audible?

It's very easy, actually.  I am asked this often.   I can get really technical if you really want all the nitty-gritty.  But for now, I'll just give you the nickel tour.

I built myself a small home studio in my office/den.  When I started, I had a $100 mic and mastered the audio files on free Audacity software.   I taught myself how to do this via youtube.

I then created a profile for myself on ACX.com, which is owned by Amazon/Audible.  From there, authors list titles which are available to be 'produced' (which means 'narrated' and 'mastered').  You scroll through the available 'titles', pick one that looks like it might be interesting to you, and submit an audition.  

If the author picks you, you perform the title and receive 7 years of royalty share!!

I would like to say this is a highly profitable job, but for me, it's part-time pay for full-time work.  Many people outsource their mastering/editing, but I never made enough money to afford that.  

If you would like more specifics, I can tell you more...




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Posted By: Zblugg
Date Posted: 12 Jan 2019 at 12:29pm
Originally posted by trish1206 trish1206 wrote:

It's very easy, actually.  I am asked this often.   I can get really technical if you really want all the nitty-gritty.  But for now, I'll just give you the nickel tour.

I built myself a small home studio in my office/den.  When I started, I had a $100 mic and mastered the audio files on free Audacity software.   I taught myself how to do this via youtube.

I then created a profile for myself on ACX.com, which is owned by Amazon/Audible.  From there, authors list titles which are available to be 'produced' (which means 'narrated' and 'mastered').  You scroll through the available 'titles', pick one that looks like it might be interesting to you, and submit an audition.  

If the author picks you, you perform the title and receive 7 years of royalty share!!

I would like to say this is a highly profitable job, but for me, it's part-time pay for full-time work.  Many people outsource their mastering/editing, but I never made enough money to afford that.  

If you would like more specifics, I can tell you more...

I do have Audacity installed, as I've recorded a few stories from NYCM already.

Thanks a lot for the tips about ACX and the other technicalities. I do need a proper dedicated mic, though, as I'm only using a "noise-cancelling" headset's mic right now (a good one, mind you, but still).

I wouldn't want to make this a full-time job (unless a freak accident happens and I become a superstar, of course), just a cool sideline thingy...

I'll be in touch with questions via messages (if you don't mind)! Big smile


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Posted By: trish1206
Date Posted: 12 Jan 2019 at 7:18pm
Originally posted by Zblugg Zblugg wrote:


I do have Audacity installed, as I've recorded a few stories from NYCM already.

Thanks a lot for the tips about ACX and the other technicalities. I do need a proper dedicated mic, though, as I'm only using a "noise-cancelling" headset's mic right now (a good one, mind you, but still).

I wouldn't want to make this a full-time job (unless a freak accident happens and I become a superstar, of course), just a cool sideline thingy...

I'll be in touch with questions via messages (if you don't mind)! Big smile

Hey, I just sent you a PM.  And of course I don't mind at all.  I hope it helps!


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Posted By: NateThePrate
Date Posted: 13 Jan 2019 at 2:25am
Well by day, I work external sales for a telecommunications company. I guess you'd say I'm a glorified telemarketer. I've only been there since December, but it seems to be going alright. 

Writing is my true passion, however. I've done a few plays, a perpetually unfinished feature movie, and am currently in the middle of re-writes for my debut novel. I've also got about two other first manuscripts and am working on my fourth. 

I'm also an actor, heavily involved with local community theatre, while I try to work out how to break into part of the industry that actually pays!

I love the NYC Midnight contest, and this is my first time in the screenplay part. The downside, unfortunately, is that because I'm in Australia, our time allotment goes from 3pm Saturday to 3pm Monday. But for those of us that work full-time, we don't get the full 48hrs. 

Though that will make it more impressive when I win Wink

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Posted By: DBA Lehane
Date Posted: 13 Jan 2019 at 3:31am
I have 2 paying jobs.

My main line of work is in a law enforcement role here in the U.K. - but has in the past taken me overseas too.

My weekend work is as a wedding photographer http://www.dazshootsweddings.co.uk" rel="nofollow - www.dazshootsweddings.co.uk

I also win the odd prize here and there as a street photographer http://www.dlehanestreet.co.uk" rel="nofollow - www.dlehanestreet.co.uk

I’ve written for as long as I can remember. Had the odd short story published here and there, and had one short story optioned by a film company, but never eventually went into production. 


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Posted By: Tim G
Date Posted: 13 Jan 2019 at 5:09am
Originally posted by DBA Lehane DBA Lehane wrote:

I have 2 paying jobs.

My main line of work is in a law enforcement role here in the U.K. - but has in the past taken me overseas too.

My weekend work is as a wedding photographer http://www.dazshootsweddings.co.uk" rel="nofollow - www.dazshootsweddings.co.uk

I also win the odd prize here and there as a street photographer http://www.dlehanestreet.co.uk" rel="nofollow - www.dlehanestreet.co.uk

I’ve written for as long as I can remember. Had the odd short story published here and there, and had one short story optioned by a film company, but never eventually went into production. 

What fun to watch the video of you doing your wedding photo thing. It’s a strange kick to see people you only otherwise know by their prose! You look like you do a killer job, I envy “S” and “P”!


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Posted By: beckyrcollins
Date Posted: 13 Jan 2019 at 7:02am
Originally posted by Tim G Tim G wrote:

Originally posted by DBA Lehane DBA Lehane wrote:

I have 2 paying jobs.

My main line of work is in a law enforcement role here in the U.K. - but has in the past taken me overseas too.

My weekend work is as a wedding photographer http://www.dazshootsweddings.co.uk" rel="nofollow - www.dazshootsweddings.co.uk

I also win the odd prize here and there as a street photographer http://www.dlehanestreet.co.uk" rel="nofollow - www.dlehanestreet.co.uk

I’ve written for as long as I can remember. Had the odd short story published here and there, and had one short story optioned by a film company, but never eventually went into production. 

What fun to watch the video of you doing your wedding photo thing. It’s a strange kick to see people you only otherwise know by their prose! You look like you do a killer job, I envy “S” and “P”!

That is a good video! Daz I wanna book you and I'm not even engaged haha


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Posted By: wateringcan
Date Posted: 13 Jan 2019 at 2:16pm
My main job is writing for a think tank in the UK.

My second job is freelancing as a scriptwriter - not that I make a huge amount of money from that right now!


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