In high school, we are conditioned and groomed for college preparation, the traditional route to success within our careers. As a graduate of a 4-year institution and graduate school, I have firsthand experience on attending an institution of higher learning, and am an advocate of post-secondary education. However, when I entered and exited college, I had not discovered my true gift and passion of writing. It wasn’t until 2011 when I had my son, lost my dad three months later, and dealt with the worst betrayal of my life, that I turned my pain into something amazing. In that moment, the day of my dad’s funeral, I decided that I was going to write a book, Wounds of Deception. Through my writing journey, I discovered a talent that was hidden practically most of my life. It was through pain, that I could uncover and recognize something that I didn’t know that I had within me, the gift, passion, and love of writing.
What I know to be true, is that everything within our lives happens for a reason. Every “no”, means the “next opportunity”, and we must understand and accept that. My “no” was that my dad would not be kept alive when he was sick, and in the hospital, even though I would have given practically anything to keep him here on earth with me. The no, was the next opportunity, for me to go from living every day, to living on purpose, sharing my gift and talent with the world, and for me to go from not writing, to becoming a bestselling author and national freelance writer, writing and publishing coach. Over the past four years, I haven’t always gotten a “yes” to everything that I’ve wanted to do, but the majority of what I’ve sought out, has come to fruition. I’ve written for the top media publications out there, been invited to various events, covered the red carpet several times for award shows and television premieres, and have rubbed elbows with individuals from 50 Cent, Cicely Tyson, Gladys Knight, and the list goes on. If I never experienced the type of pain of losing my dad, when I did, and dealing with the type of betrayal that I dealt with, I can’t honestly say that I would sharing this same journey, my journey with you. I would simply be living life, not to my fullest potential, and raising my beloved son. Not that I wouldn’t be grateful for that, but there is so much more to life when you discover your purpose, and you push past the pain to reach it.
There are 3 top tips to gaining media momentum as a newbie:
- Find your beat and blog: To truly step into the media industry, you must figure out what you are going to cover and a blog that is recognizable enough to gain a great start. You’ll have to do some research to see what sites are looking for new writers if you have no experience. Most of them want a portfolio to present, upon pitching to write for them, however if you are a newbie, you won’t have that, so your pitch must be strong.
- Network: Networking is KING. It determines knowing more of the right people, than what you know. Being connected and in the “write” circles (pun intended), which will help to catapult your media career to the next level. Please know that nothing happens overnight as far as self-made success, but it helps when you have a tribe of people who are in support of you.
- Enforce a 24/7 grind mentality: Listen, grinding ain’t easy! Anyone who truly wants to reach their goals knows that to get there, you must put in the work. I put in work, no matter the hours, the day, or time. I just make sure that I do what I need to do, so that the goals that I want to achieve, happens. It may feel overwhelming at times, and I may need a break, but articles must get written, pitches must get pitched, and if I don’t do it, it won’t happen. I would have never made it to where I am in four short years, especially with having a non-traditional educational background (creative writing, public relations, or communications), and have been able to do all the things that I’ve done if I didn’t put in the work. Yes, it’s tiring and I may have had to forgo doing other things that are fun because I’ve had work to do, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. At the end of the day, I know firsthand the sacrifices that it has taken for me to get here to where I am, and the rewards of it all, and my love and passion for it, pushes me to continue.
Patrice Tartt is a speaker, bestselling author, freelancer writer, entrepreneur, media correspondent, and the CEO of Patrice Tartt LLC. She is The Dream Big Writing Coach® and coaches women who are new, aspiring, and seasoned entrepreneurs, speakers, authors and bloggers through the writing, pitching through her signature program, Pitch Perfect® and publishing processes. To connect with Patrice and to learn more about how you can work with her, follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or visit her website, www.patricetartt.com.