Help this freelance writer in Asia figure out his next career move!
November 3, 2011 3:12 PM Subscribe
I’m a writer, doing OK in a small pond, but I’m looking for a bigger pond to swim in. Help me figure out my next career move.
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I’m a Filipino writer based in Manila. I’d like to do more work for publications around the region. I’m breaking out, bit by bit; I’m currently an About.com guide, and I’ve only just recently broken through to inflight magazines for regional airlines.
I have a strong (I think) portfolio in the travel writing department, but I’ve done good work writing features for local English-language glossy parenting mags, lad mags, and health magazines. I want to use this work as a stepping-stone for work in Singapore or elsewhere.
My strengths, as I perceive them: I’m a good writer, I’m well-versed in social media, and I think I socialize well in person, despite a tendency towards introversion. (People don’t believe me when I say I’m introverted; I just think I’m good at “faking it till I make it”.)
I’m sure I don’t want to be just a travel writer for the foreseeable future. But I’m honestly confused as to my next steps. What should I do next? What’s a logical progression from the work I’m doing now? And what should I be doing to get there?
I think I’m a good writer, but the problem is I don’t have a meaningful yardstick to help gauge my career path right now. I used to have mentors and peers when I was an advertising copywriter; those do not exist at this point in my career, or I don’t know who to look up to right now. I don’t know how to compare notes with other writers in the travel industry, or other writers, full-stop. I don’t know how I can leverage my contacts in the regional hospitality industry to climb the ladder, so to speak. I don’t even know what ladder to climb!
Here are the things I’ve thought of doing. Write a nonfiction book. Break into other travel writing markets, specializing in Southeast Asia destinations. Do PR for the regional hospitality industry (though that would mean quitting my About.com gig). Leverage my existing site to become a sort of authority/commentator on the biz. Be a social media consultant for hotels or airlines.
None of this is clear to me yet, though. And given that I’m in my mid-30s and have a growing family under my charge, I’m thinking that time is running short. Help me figure this out, please.
(I’m keeping this anonymous because my username leads right to my real name on Google and elsewhere; I’d rather not agonize about my career in public. Throwaway email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.)