I survived my first week (May 2005) on the Charlevoix Courier staff and I must say things are a bit different from when I was a freelancer.
The dress code for one: I used to work out of my home office so I spent most of my time in pajamas.
My new editor frowns on the idea of me showing up to work in a bathrobe.
The other major change is the condition of my new office; clean, organized and replete with every convenience imaginable, while my old office looked like a grenade went off in a flea market that specialized in children’s toys, empty cereal boxes and vintage typewriters.
The biggest advantage I’ve seen so far is that my wife is now unable to tape to-do lists to my computer screen.
Before I go any further, I must be honest, as much as I love my new job, working for the Courier wasn’t my first career choice.
Two years ago I left food-service in hope of becoming a fashion model for Tommy Hilfiger in Hollywood—my wife’s ear piercing and incessant laughter told me otherwise.
It took a week of crying myself to sleep before I decided to go after my longtime (and slightly more attainable) goal to write for a living.
I wrote news, feature, advertising, sports and websites for every publication that would have me.
The more I wrote, the more opportunities showed themselves.
The next thing I knew, I was offered the position as staff writer.
Due to the competitiveness of this market, I know how lucky I am to be here.
As far as my goals, well, for the most part I’ve achieved them. I have my dream job.
I live in the most beautiful town I have ever seen.
And, I have a wonderful family with which to share my good fortune.
The only other goals I have now are to report the news and avoid those damnable to-do lists.
And just one more thing, Tinsel Town has nothing on Charlevoix, but if you run into me on the street, please, don’t ask about the modeling career—it’s still a bit of a sore spot.