I really believe the Simpsons is the smartest show on TV. You can quote the Simpsons to explain almost anything, and sometimes out of the way of arguments with your spouse. If you’re lucky like me you can, anyway.
I’m often struck how often the Simpsons is relevant to my life as a freelance writer. Here are a few recent examples of freelance writing Simpsons memes.
Writing Job: Beer Enthusiasm Preferred
The beer thing. I can’t tell you how many job descriptions I’ve read where they act like beer is part of the job. It’s literally listed as part of the job requirements. No offense, but it’s always an ad agency. And while I don’t judge people for drinking beer, I haven’t found one I like. Only ad agencies make me feel as though that’s a professional limitation. Now if you have an espresso machine in the office, let’s talk.
In all seriousness, I like to think if there was agency that could use my talents, they’d overlook my lack of interest in beer. But I also wonder if overemphasizing beer isn’t a symptom of something else. Maybe something good. Or maybe a way of making up for crazy hours. But whatever it is, try to articulate it.
Who could refuse such a well-written selling point?
Sometimes people need help in finding their unique selling proposition.
Embracing Rejection as a Writer
Rejection is part of freelance life. And it’s okay. If you land ever client you pitch to, your prices are too low. I personally guarantee it.
It’s true–writers tend to be night owls.
Sometimes late nights are part of the deal. I do my best to avoid it, but I had a late night last night. Nothing as drastic as Homer here, thankfully. But when I sent the work to my client, knowing it was as good as I could make it, it felt awesome. I woke up the next morning feeling relaxed and ready to tackle everything else.
Sometimes when you say you work from home, people get the wrong idea. I do work from a hammock sometimes, but the problem is typically stepping away from work.
The American Dream–Writer’s Edition
I love feeling completely responsible for my future. I can’t handle half-assing anything and I can’t handle jobs where I’m bored or not contributing. It makes me die inside a little each day.