Introducing you to a new segment on Lust for Life. Starting every other Thursday I’ll be answering all your travel-related questions. And to kick it off, let’s address the first one.
What the hell do you do for a living?
Well, to put it briefly, I blog for a living. But blogging is really just an umbrella term for the various skill sets in the type of work that I execute on a day to day basis. This site, as well as my Instagram, is just a digital portfolio of the images I create, stories I log, and moments I capture.
My job entails freelance writing about events from my POV, photographing travel, food and architecture for hospitality clients and magazines, collaborating with brands as an ambassador, and occasionally lending out my ideas for design and consulting.
It’s a very mixed cocktail, and a business model that tailored to my specific interests.
How do I get your job?
There is no easy answer to this, mainly because there’s not one formula or route to pursuing a freelance career. It’s varies from person to person, and in my scenario, the projects I work on is very much a reflection of my varied interests.
I also think it’s important to stress the “why” aspect of what you want to do. I try focus more on working with brands that align with my vision and values rather than taking on things just for the monetary value, and because of this, I’ve been able to reputably work with some of my dream clients. I find that when you are selective, people take notice.
In the background of when I started my blog, I started exploring my hobbies early on, absorbing any internship I could take on, from taking community college courses while I was still in high school, writing briefs for the OC Register and even convincing a friend to allow me to work as a sales rep for her label at Project Trade show, simply because I was just damn thirsty for the work experience. To fund my road trips to San Francisco and Coachella from a nonexistent income, I would buy and sell vintage clothes on MySpace, my first form of social media.
I started Lust for Life as a diary of music festivals and impromptu trips up and down California’s Coast fueled by the Greyhound. It took nearly 4 years of self-funded travel from a genuine wanderlust before I lucked upon my first “sponsored” trip, a trip to Tokyo with Vogue Japan. That trip is still marked as one of the most surreal moments of my life. It took another 2 years before I began covering every music festival in the states for work – and I still recall my Dad echoing my sixteen year old sentiment on a car ride home from a concert. I had told him “I want to cover music festivals for a living,” and in 2013, I did just that, covering SxSW, Lollapalooza, and Coachella with brands like Samsung, Polyvore and Teen Vogue.
Essentially, there is not one direct route to do make travel a full time job. But I do know that opportunity won’t manifest on its own. If you put yourself out there and put in the work, eventually everything starts to fall into place.
If you have any other questions, feel free to tweet me to be featured in the next post!