Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebecca Treon.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Rebecca. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
When I was in first grade, I wrote and illustrated a little book that my teacher thought showed such potential for me as a writer that she sent me and my little book to an author convention so I could meet real adults making a living writing.
Fast forward 20-some years and I was a stay at home mom to my newborn son. I have always been creative and need an outlet for that. So I started a blog that chronicled the traditions and recipes of Argentina, where my ex-husband was from.
The blog got popular enough that I was able to start teaching cooking classes locally and along the way, I kept blogging and honing my writing skills. I borrowed books from the library about how to start a writing career. I learned how to pitch magazines, come up with story ideas, write the stories, and how to handle rejection.
Building a writing career that now allows me to be a self-supporting full-time freelancer didn’t happen easily or overnight. It’s a hustle every day, it’s hard work every day, but I wouldn’t change a thing. I love that I get to tell people’s stories, that I can be curious about the things that excite me and that becomes a story, that my schedule is flexible (comes in handy with kids), I’m my own boss. There are days that I feel discouraged or overwhelmed, of course, like anyone. But when I look back over the last month, year, or several years and think about all the amazing things I’ve seen, tried, and done, I’m pretty proud of what I’ve built.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I think any road to reach your goals is full of potholes. But something that is super hard when you’re first starting out gets easier as you go if you look back. Then you’re on to the next challenge. Learning something new is a challenge; you have to break it into digestible pieces. My personal challenges as a writer: learning how to pitch a magazine, learning how to craft a story with a good angle, learning how to copy edit, dealing with rejection and having a tough skin, learning how to accept when an editor re-writes your work or asks you to rewrite it, working with difficult people whether that be editors or someone I’m interviewing, figuring out how to deduct stuff from taxes and building an invoice tracking system.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I’m a freelance food/beverage, travel, lifestyles writer for online and print magazines. What I’m most proud of is being able to tell the really interesting stories that I come across and being able to keep learning about new and interesting things. I’m also pretty proud to have worked with some awesome editors and publications and be able to eat and travel for a living.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t believe in luck, necessarily. I believe in working hard, like relentlessly hard, on my own goals. I think that “luck” presents itself in the form of doors opening. Most of those opportunities for me have come from making genuine connections and friendships with people and paying it forward whenever I have the chance. In turn, those connections have helped me create opportunities. As far as bad luck, there are always rough patches when things are difficult, but I know without a doubt I’m doing what I was put on this planet to do and I couldn’t do anything else. I know the rough patches sort themselves out.
- Website: www.rebeccatreon.com
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