Yay! First, message me when you arrive so we can meet up! Second, shouts to Copenhagen. I didn’t realize this blog was so international. *brushes shoulders, flips hair*
Cool coffee houses and bars for possible jobs? Caffe Streets, Intelligentsia (there are a couple of new ones opening up), La Colombe, Gaslight, any of the Dollops. That’s for coffee. I don’t know if those places are hiring, but they all employee friendly young people so I frequent them when I can (especially Caffe Streets). For bars, there are TONS. What’s your specialty? Are you into “mixology” or willing to learn? I have a TON of friends in the industry who I’m sure could connect you to someone or something great. Send me an email if you want to chat more and good luck! Welcome to the city!
I’ve had many of my older essays published on Thought Catalog so perhaps I’m biased. Like a lot of places, it is full of frustrating works. But they’ve also employed some of my favorite young writers like the supreme Sarah Nicole Prickett and the lovely Chelsea Fagan. And it is a prime platform for reaching young audiences. For me, it was a great way to test out essay ideas.
I’m always surprised by which places other people, especially non-writers, find the most respectable or interesting or valuable. Many people I’ve met know me from Thought Catalog and nothing else. I can write a longread for The FADER, but my family is more excited by my 400-word column in Red Eye, a local free daily. I wrote three times a week for a year for WBEZ (a part of NPR) about the arts, fashion, race and yet many people only respect my music reviews for Pitchfork. Basically, everyone and every place is a little different for every person. No one place should be entirely discarded.
If you’re just starting out, your primary concern should be writing as much as possible. Figure out the type of writing you want to create. Clarify your voice. What are your goals? Write them down, then you’ll have a greater idea of where you want to publish. Also, something to keep in mind: I’ve spent many years worrying about where I “should” publish and not enough investing in my ideas. Don’t be like me. Write to write. Build your clips. It’ll start to make more sense for who you are and what you want to give the world through your voice.
I really love that one, though my favorite has been and still is “Nightingale.” It still sticks to my gut. There are some songs that I really like on the album, but some feel overproduced. This works in some instances, like with “Rather Be,” which is a perfect pop song, but on others not as much. Overall, I like it and anticipate listening to it once summer finally, finally arrives!
Probably not. It is on hiatus.