Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Buck.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’m a full-time Freelance Copywriter mostly working from home, cafe or coworking space, with the majority of my work completed in the DTLA area.
I have a degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Print Journalism from Clark Atlanta University and moved to LA in 2011 to pursue my writing career full-time. The first three years of living in LA, I worked full-time as a waitress at a couple of restaurants and was finally able to get my foot in the door within the entertainment industry in 2014 when I landed a gig as an assistant to a producer. After a year and a half, I knew this wasn’t the path I wanted to continue in, but I would’ve never known had I not experienced the life of an assistant in the entertainment world.
I ultimately took my freelance work full-time at the start of 2017 when I quit my recruiter job and bought a one-way ticket to Brazil to travel through Latin America for a year. During this time of solitude (I traveled solo for most of the year), I was able to learn more about myself as a leader of my own journey and hone skill sets in project management and organization as a whole.
The cost of living is wildly different in Latin America than LA, so when I returned in 2018, I knew I had to step up my game in securing consistent clients at a respectable rate that would move me forward in my freelance career. Since then, I’ve been able to have a handful of clients on retainer while also having the freedom to contribute to another handful of publications that feature creative and relatable content that I both love writing and sharing with my online community (mostly IG).
I’m currently at a crossroads with my work, shifting the emphasis to my passion projects, longer-form literary work that will bring me into a new role as an author! I plan to focus heavily on my literary writing in 2020 to publish work that will introduce me to the world as an author and aspiring NY Times Best Seller.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road at all, LOL. Freelancing is a constant cycle of applying for opportunities, landing gigs, phasing out of work and hunting down clients who are late on payments. Being my own boss is super fulfilling and I’ve been able to sustain myself solely off my writing work in LA which is an amazing feat BUT I do miss some stability in income; I’m just not interested in locking myself into a role I’m not 100% passionate about just because I want a steady paycheck.
Throughout this journey, I have also gone through a pretty intense self-evaluation on who I am as a person and who I want to be as a person, both inside and out. Entering into therapy this year has brought up so many feels that I really didn’t think I had the bandwidth to process, but I’ve come out stronger on the other side. My inner healing has been just as much part of my career as the actual writing, having manifested many opportunities by aligning myself according to my long term goals and essentially just running with the punches, because the obstacles NEVER stop, I’ve just been trying to find alternative ways to overcoming them without harming my mental health and progress I’ve made thus far.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m a copywriter, blogger, email marketer, social media manager and whatever else you need me to be in order to help your business thrive. I’ve written blogs, product descriptions, email newsletters, social captions, press releases, bios, web copy and internal communication for a variety of clients in the health & wellness, travel, nonprofit, entertainment and eCommerce industries.
My most rewarding work, I think has been the relatable and true stories I’ve been able to recount as it relates to my sexual experiences and cannabis use. These are “easier” for me to write and get my creative storytelling juices flowing and I know they’ll reach many and resonate in a positive way to normalize a lot of what I’ve been ashamed to accept in the past.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I see myself being a NY Times Best Selling Author in 5-10 years with multiple books on the shelves of every bookstore in the world, yes I said WORLD!
- Copywriting services $35/hr
- Copyediting services $30/hr
- Website: www.jlbwork.me
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @jbuckk