I’m not saying it would be easy, (let’s not go down that road again) I’m sure it isn’t, and I’m guessing the road to get there is going to be difficult as well. Especially being that I only have one talent… Writing. Well, if talking people’s ear off is a talent then I’d say that’s a trait I have too. Oh and listening… I think I’m a good listener, (but I’ll let my husband be the judge).
For the past 5 or so years I’ve always done something relating to journalism, or writing. I’ve written for newspapers, local magazines, reported for several TV and radio stations, I love what I do. I’ve never really liked one particular area of journalism over another, I like it all. With TV, most of the time it’s fast paced and exciting, but a lot of times you don’t get to shape your story as much as you can with print, or even radio. All of them have deadlines… Which I love, but some are more flexible… Or longer than others.
Sometimes I love being on TV, sometimes I absolutely hate it. I love with print I can say so much more, but I love the intimacy of seeing the people in a TV story and hearing that characters voice.
The biggest plus I see with print is the fact that you can do it from home. You can call a source on the phone and get the interview you need. It’s a big advantage, especially for someone who would want to work from home. If I keep doing what I do now I’d basically have to choose between working while being a mom, or putting the broadcast career on hold.
I’m no where near ready to retire from my love of broadcast news, but I’m craving more writing opportunities and the chance to work at my own pace, my own length. I have no idea how I’ll do it, but I would hope that one day I could write from home, do stories for papers or magazines, and make my own schedule. Man, how that would be nice. It’s not something that happens overnight, it would take a long time to build up and do what I need to do to make as much from home as I do at work full time… Not to mention the benefits I get from working for a corporation. But it’s something I hope I can work toward, especially so I don’t feel like I’m missing family milestones and special moments. It’s a special desire I hope I can one day achieve.
PS: To read more about what’s turned into a “Mother Situation Series” click here.