Moving On Up: Feature Writing for the Eyes of Thousands

Starting off this year on the right foot can prove to be difficult for many. With much hope, I am rooting for all of you to gear up and set out to conquer all of those goals and adventures you planned on January 1st. On that note, I just wanted to come through and share with you guys a cool new gig I picked up just this Monday.

Myself & best friend Sean at Vibes 2011 (quality cell phone photo)

I was anxious to see if I could get a hold of a press pass, or backstage event access, to this year’s Gathering of the Vibes festival that takes place in my hometown of Bridgeport- a musical gathering that honors the legacy of the Grateful Dead with four days of live bands and celebration. I wanted to be up close and in the action so I could blog my little heart out for you guys to read and enjoy, from hundreds or thousands of miles away from the action.

Well, I ended up being offered to blog on the Vibes’ official website, GatheringoftheVibes.com, as a feature writer. My first two articles are due for review this evening. My first task is to explore what I know about being a Bridgeport native, and the beauty of Seaside Park, the chosen festival grounds for the past five years which sits on a stretch of land on Long Island Sound.

I want to tackle the relativity between the popular urban park to the area’s music culture. Bridgeport is known for a lot of things, some good and some bad, but overall it is a historical city that played an integral role in the development of early Southern Connecticut. The evolution of my hometown includes a lot of unknown fun aspects, events that are often overlooked due to its reputation for sometimes being a bit of a rough place to be- but is that not the case with most cities?

My second feature will be about what exactly is going on that is worth talking about and promoting; events that happen regularly while Vibes is in its hibernating months. I plan to touch on bars and venues that host local music, as well as the more artistic aspects of my area; exhibits and gatherings that celebrate the diversity of the Bridgeport and its bordering towns and cities.

As much as I am ready to pick it up and move on out, Connecticut has lately proved itself to be capable of offering opportunities to me that I once thought were lacking. I am using my love for writing, music and conversing with people to find what exactly is hip and fun, to share with people my introspect on what qualifies as time-worthy, and to essentially build a résumé. Being a curious journalist will help me learn my trade better and make great connections- all the while, having a great time.

With a bit of persistence, I have managed to take a great leap in the right direction of my dreams. Just last semester, I had thought that a communications (advertising) major would be more ideal in the future- with a greater likelihood of landing a steady job. This new year, my dedication to this blog and the desire to continuously pump out entertaining material has reassured me that pursuing a career in writing has always been the right way to go. I am slowly finding the exact path of what I want to focus my journalism on.

Everything takes time. Mistakes are likely to be made and our minds will more or less change with just a slight hint of doubt. The key to getting what you want out of life and your potential career, I have found, is by having the faith that you are one in million at what you do. Attitude (without being a pretentious snob) is key to busting down those doors. I am thankful for my new-found determination.

Although I have a long road ahead of me, and there are other non-career related goals I have yet to reach (and may never reach), I have to believe that there is the possibility for everything I want to achieve.

I will let you guys know when my first posts are up on the Vibes website. I really want you all to check it out, because I know that a lot of the readers here at sarah On The Go are not Connecticut, or even American based. This is a chance for me to let you all in on where I call home, and essentially knock out the stereotypes of Connecticut living. There is a great art culture right in my backyard, and I would like to help you experience it from across the map.

12 thoughts on “Moving On Up: Feature Writing for the Eyes of Thousands

  1. gsguide says:

    Congrats! I was at Gathering last year too and if I’m not in Europe, am planning on going again this year. That really is a great opportunity and I’m very excited to see what you write :)

  2. Midnight Travellers Art says:

    Keep it up! Writing and art is the most rewarding expression of oneself. A true outlet for what torments us or brings us joy. I look forward to following your blog. Freeing your mind with words is a humbling experience :)

  3. EarthZebra says:

    Uggg….Dreary Connecticut. The only good thing about Connecticut is it’s next to “the city”! Ha! LOL Believe me, I paid my dues of living in CT so have earned the right to bash it! Thanks for following my blog. Not sure why you did that, probably brain damage caused by living in CT. LOL

    p.s. You are very pretty. Oh la la! :)! xoxo!

    EZ

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