Hey all you genius entrepreneurs! I’m talking to you. You inventors of ideas. You exploiters of imagination. You information superhighwaymen. I want you to use that brain power of yours to monetize my life.
Here’s the dilemma. Like you, I have many interests. I am insanely driven. I love to work, and I enjoy a challenge. I am a patron of the arts. I am a fiddler of technology. I’m a marketer extraordinaire, and I’m a sponge for knowledge. But I am at an utter loss as to how to capitalize on these traits and turn them into food and shelter.
Oh, don’t think I haven’t tried. I have been a freelance writer and marketing consultant for a while now. And I’m proud of all I’ve accomplished. I attempted to start my own marketing agency for the publishing industry. I tried to convert my reading series into a touring show. But alas, I always seem to be just getting by rather than building a scalable enterprise.
Maybe I have too many interests. Is such a thing possible? I wear a ton of hats (figuratively speaking since my head is actually too big for normal people hats). Let’s just take a look at all I do:
- Marketing and editorial consultant for the legal technology industry
- Producer and host of Essay Fiesta
- Theater critic for the Chicago Theater Beat
- Co-chair of the Chicago Literary Alliance’s subcommittee on readings and performances
- Contributor to the Huffington Post, specifically covering Chicago entrepreneurs, artists and GLBT issues
- Creative writer and essayist
- Managing Editor of Snackpot, a start-up webzine covering all things snack related
- Contributor to the A.V. Club
- Comedy writer and performer
- GLBT activist