Asking questions is a huge part of being a writer. When I first joined my high school’s student newspaper during my junior year, the first lessoned I learned was how to interview. My journalism teacher, who I adored, paired me up with an editor who was working on an article focusing on an event being held by our school’s alumni organization.
Like a puppy unsure about going out to the dog park for the first time, I trotted behind the editor as she led us to the school’s alumni office to interview the priest who was in charge of the event. During the ten minute interview, I watched in awe as the editor scribbled notes on paper while carrying on a conversation with the priest who was talking a mile a minute. There is no way in hell I can multitask like she’s doing, I thought freaking out that soon enough I’d be writing pieces on my own. But nine years later, that lesson has stuck with me as I’ve conducted countless interviews for publications throughout high school and college, magazine internships and my full time job as a digital media professional for the non profit sector. The point is that I can now interview anyone at anytime- being interviewed is a whole other story.
Last week I was contacted by Flannery Dean of Flare Magazine. She was interested in interviewing me about my xoJane essay about online dating. We chatted over the phone for about 40 minutes as she quizzed me about my dating life- from the online experience to what i am looking for in general. My favorite question was if I could date any celebrity who it would be, and of course it was Jason Segal!
The interview was published this morning, and the headline “Meet the Woman Who Couldn’t Get a Single Date Online” made me cringe a bit. But it captured exactly why i wrote the article, the entire experience of writing, and what i am looking for a the moment.
Another great writer who I connected with last week named Galiat Breen, also asked me to be part of her next piece which I will share as soon as it goes live. The past few weeks has been such a rebirth of my writing and has been such an experience to connect with other writers.
Also, my lovely friend Brianna Roth snapped a few new photos for my website and to use for other articles. She did an amazing job with my hair and makeup, especially since that is not my area of expertise. Below are my favorite ones!
Thank you all for reading and following along on my quarter life adventure!