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Meet Silver Lake Content and Editorial Writer: Christine Terrisse

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christine Terrisse.

Christine, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I trained professionally as a stage actress. However, in 2008, I found myself at a crossroads. I hadn’t really pursued an acting career full force. I have always been and am still in love with the artform, the craft but acting is notoriously difficult as a profession to break into and I was starting to wonder if there was some other way I should try and make a living. Twitter was taking off at the point, and I joined under the handle @thelatebloomer (that should give you some insight into my mindset at the time). As is easy to do on Twitter, I made a few friends. I could tell that one of the women I struck up a friendship with was successful, traveled a lot and seemed to be a writer. One day bored, I sardonically tweeted “Death by desk.” She lol’ed and a short time later privately messaged me to ask if I would be interested in writing for her. It turns out my Twitter friend was the editor and writer for an international luxury watch publication and she needed another writer and was willing to take a chance on me. Over five years later, and I have had the opportunity to cover celebrity events, interview luxury CEOs and have expanded into music writing, social media and content writing. I’m still growing, learning and will be grateful for the opportunity I was given and the ability it gives me to remain a story teller and find effective ways to connect with people.

Has it been a smooth road?
I faced a lot of challenges. For one, although I am a natural writer, as I took my work more seriously, I became more and more aware of what I didn’t know. Luckily, I didn’t let that stop me, and I have more closely paid attention to the craft and construction of writing, am always learning to be more concise and learned a lot on the job, especially with interviews and editorials. The most significant challenge I’ve faced is self-doubt and being honest about how I best work, what gets me excited to work and areas I need to improve upon, without getting too worked up over it. I have to remember, as high as my standards are, there are people who can’t do what I do as easily or as well as I can do it, and they need me to get the job done…and sometimes I simply have to trust myself.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and career?
It’s funny, on the concept of luck, I can only see a positive effect on my life and my career. Anything “bad”, or something that wasn’t pleasant for me at that moment in time, I can usually attribute to some part of action or inaction on my part. But good luck has always come in the form of opportunity. My entire career as a writer is attributed to one stroke of luck of which I took full advantage. Luck is about that person you do a good job for recommending you to someone else, who then recommends you to someone else who then gives you the opportunity of a lifetime. Luck is meeting someone in a bar at the age of twenty-three and being married to them at the age of…well, being with them for a long time. One of my favorite expressions goes something like “good luck is opportunity being met with preparation.” The stroke of luck, the random connections always inspires me, but it’s the choice of whether or not to take advantage of it, to meet luck at its door that becomes life-changing.

Do you feel like there are certain traits that increase the likelihood of success?
If I had to boil down what makes me successful, it would be curiosity. I’m driven by the desire to figure out the “whys” behind people and things. Even on with a subject I’m not that interested in, I can usually find something to hook into: “Why would someone else be into it?”

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Oh, L.A. where do I start? Los Angeles, like every big city, is either one of those towns that you “get” or that you don’t understand. What I love best about L.A. is it’s like an adventure box. Navigating side streets only, I can imagine I’m rich in Beverly Hills, check out some of the world’s best contemporary art downtown, explore breweries, discover bands. And for a city that is, next to other great cities, fairly young, I love finding vestiges of L.A.’s past: glimpses of its life of in the ’20s and ’30s. And even going way back to the early 1800s: In the heart of Olvera Street is Los Angeles’ oldest residence the Avila Adobe. As for dislikes: I don’t like the homeless crisis. In a city of such enormous wealth, it’s not acceptable, but L.A. knows and is trying to take it on. And then parking and parking tickets. Don’t get me started.

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