fellow in the picture, the one with four paws, is Meteghan. He is also
the smart one. He belongs to my significant other, and is a significant
other to the both of us. Whenever I fail to live in the moment - a sin
committed by most freelancers - I think of Meteghan. He knows how to
live, play and work in the joy of the "now". We should all be so smart!
am a working writer. The short story is that I write speeches.
anyone who will pay me. It turns out that quite a few are happy to do
exactly that since I have been providing speech writing services
for well over a decade now for clients across North America. For both
public and private sector
customers. "My" speeches have delivered in venues all over the world.
Prior to that, I worked in government jobs in communications and
details you don't want to know except to say that's where I cut my
speech writing teeth for about 20 years. That's a lot of words
under my belt.
I tell my colleagues - especially the nine to fivers - what I do for a
living, their eyes glaze over at the thought of writing speeches day in
and day out. And that makes me smile, and secretly pleased. I smile
because I can think of nothing more fun than putting my words in other
people's mouths. On topics that they are passionate about. I too can be
passionate about just about anything - at least for the length of time
it takes to write a speech of substance. By the time I am sick of the
subject, the speech is finished and I am on to the next one and a new
topic. I guess you could say I am broad but shallow. I know a little
about a lot. Makes me great for cocktail parties! As for those
professionals for whom the thought of writing a speech is a fate worse
than death, well they usually pass the assignment on to me.
that's me. I write my clients' speeches. And when they leave this
earthly paradise, I write their eulogies.
I come to the freelance table from a very optimistic point of view.
Whatever the economy, a freelancer can find a niche. I will never go
back to the dark side of being a wage slave. I don't do meetings. I
don't get involved in office politics. I don't deal with jerks. My
clients love me. I get to play in the sun. And get to be my own boss.
What's not to like?
why don't you join me on this fearless journey. And in the process,
take a leaf out of Meteghan's book and live in the joy of the moment.
And if I may be so bold, take a look around this web site. I think you
will find it an easy read, with useful information to boot. And to
quote a very famous freelancer, "that's a good thing."
Copyrightę2004 Colin Moorhouse. All rights reserved.