This week's Curvy&Successful interview is with Cynthia Rodríguez, bilingual writer specialised in arts and entertainment.
1. Tell us about you and what your business does?
I am a bilingual writer specialised in arts and entertainment, and use my business to offer services of copywriting, content writing, rewriting, copy-editing and proofreading in these fields. However, I am open to working with texts and projects in other fields, as long as they are ethical and respectful of its audience.
2. Have you always wanted to run your own business?
Yes, I have. I have always wanted to work independently, make an income using my talents, and stay in direct touch with my clientele.
3. Where did the idea for your business come from?
As I mentioned before, I have experience as a writer; and I wanted to use this experience in order to create content for individuals and corporations. In the other hand, I am the kind of person that gets frustrated every time she reads a spelling mistake on an article or advert; so I wanted to do my best to stop these things from happening.
4. What were you doing before starting up?
Looking in vain for job opportunities. Editorial and arts&media have been struggling these months, and under the current climate, subeditors and writers are the first jobs to be chopped out of corporations. Without them, comes poor media content, which in turn scares customers away, so there is less money, therefore no opportunity to hire subs and writers. It's a vicious cycle, and I hope it can be broken if corporations decide to pay freelancers like me to do one-off jobs for them.
5. What advice would you give to budding entrepreneurs?
Be yourself! All these freelance lifestyle blogs keep talking about your brand's identity: your brand this, your brand that. Well, guess what? As a one-person band, YOU are YOUR BRAND. Blogs and books tell you that your brand has to be unique and offer something nobody else does, and that is what you are. You are unique, you broke the mould, and there is nobody else like you in this universe. So, offer yourself as you are. Work for something you're very passionate about, stick to your ethic guns, make your clauses very clear, and if you have a blog on your enterprise's website, post freely on it. Of course, respecting others.
6. Where do you want to be in five years' time?
I want to be completely independent, recommended and considered as one of the best in my field. By that time, I want me and my husband to have a house of our own, with a lovely garden, a few companion animals, and an attic that could work as an office/guest house. I don't mind not having tons of money nor a car, but I do really fancy an attic office. Or at least enough money to rent a shared office nearby and make new friends and colleagues.
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