So, What’s Next?

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“Be sure you have your elevator pitch ready before you come.” 

That was easy. I’ve had my book’s elevator pitch down pat for years. It’s the story of a girl who goes to Hawaii to renew her wedding vows. When she arrives she discovers that the boy she was running away from when she went to Africa and met her husband, is here, on the island. Even worse, he’s there with his kids – both of whom are named after her.

I’ve delivered that gem so often that even C can recite it.

What I didn’t prepare was my other elevator pitch. The one for the answer I found myself having to give over and over again while I was in New York.

“So, what’s next?”

I flubbed it again and again.

“I’m… ah… starting a… thing..?”

“I’m… ah… taking some time to figure things out.”

“I’m… ah… freelancing a bit!”

“I’m… ah…. ah…”

For years I had a job that really didn’t define me. But, at the same time, while I was working there, I was never in the kinds of situations where people asked me what I did, so it’s not like it really mattered.

Then I freelanced for a year.

Telling people you freelance works. It’s a bit sexy, a bit mysterious. It makes them wonder and maybe dream for a moment. In reality it’s a whole lot of work for not a whole lot of pay. It was fun for a year, but it no longer holds the appeal it held then.

After freelancing got old I took a job. A “real” job, in an office, with co-workers, and a coffee machine. And for two years I once again had an easy answer to “what do you do?”

I was, in short, the “Tiny Prints Girl.” I handled blogger outreach and social media. I was known for what I did and it helped define me, define who I was in this space. More importantly though, it was an easy answer that kept me from trying to explain the stuff I did in the 75% of my day that didn’t involve being at my office desk.

Today, since last Wednesday, that 75% is now 100% again  and while I’m super excited about “what comes next,” it’s super hard to sum it up in three sentences.

I’m freelancing… but not really.

I’m a professional blogger… but that’s not the half of it.

I’m an aspiring novelist… but that’s not how I plan to pay the bills.

I’m starting a company with some good friends… but… you know… it’s complicated and involves a bunch of moving parts and ideas as well as objectives that need to be focused a bit and oh yeah, it kinda involves this other guy and his company.

Yeah. What I said. It’s complicated.

For a while this past year — at the conferences I attended — I rebelled against being known as just “the Tiny Prints girl.” I’ve spent a lot of blood, sweat, and tears nurturing my Kikarose online presence and it bugged me that who I was outside of the office was starting to be eclipsed by what I was when I was at work.

That’s no longer an issue. This week I went back to being “just” Kikarose. I boxed up my things and cleaned out my desk. I’m moving on to the next chapter of my career, and while, as I said, I’m super excited, I’m also feeling a bit adrift.

Who is Kikarose now?

Two years ago she was a freelancer who desperately wanted to be a social media specialist for a great brand.

Then for two years she suffered from the split personality issue that comes with being the social media face for any brand other than your own.

And today?

Today Kikarose is the girl who’s going to take what she’s learned along the way and she’s going to capitalize on it while branching out and learning new things.

So? What comes next?

Thanks for asking. I’m looking for agent representation for my first novel and I’m building a social media empire with four amazing friends.

How about you?

This post is kicking off another Kick in the Blog prompt! Come share what’s next for you!

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