Colin’s Column: Career Updates

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Career Updates, Colin’s Review Updates and a Promise to the Readers

I started this website in 2016 with a review of The Sopranospilot episode. At the time, I was a journalism student at SUNY Fredonia, still unsure of what I wanted to be. Sports journalism piqued my interests for a while, but arts journalism was my true passion. Soon enough, I eventually figured out that I didn’t really want to be a “journalist” at all.

Journalism, in the traditional sense, is all about telling stories and spreading news through interviews. Of course, the interview aspect was my least favorite part about the industry. Nevertheless, I still loved writing, especially about topics I was enthusiastic about: music, movies and TV shows.

Yet no matter how good your writing may be, or how knowledgeable you are about the topics you cover; the simple fact remains that newspapers and magazines just aren’t hiring critics anymore. And the ones that do require relocation and a lifetime of dismal pay. In short, I wasn’t that passionate about arts journalism, I guess.

After graduating in 2018, I worked for a few SEO marketing companies that dealt with law firms, HVAC contractors and small-time restaurants. I was writing content, thankfully, but didn’t really find it rewarding. Luckily, Colin’s Review provide a great creative outlet where I could get my own passion projects out into the world (analyzing The Sopranos, reviewing every album ever and trying to explain David Lynch’s most experimental works). But I always had trouble finishing what I started due to time constraints.

It’s hard to devote so much energy to something when so many other things need attention: work, golf and building a life with a beautiful girlfriend.

I’ve tried to keep up with Colin’s Review as much as I can, yet things have slowed to a crawl as of late. But I’ve got great news for my dear devoted readers: I’ve landed a great job as a copywriter for a local health care organization, which will in turn allow me to ramp up Colin’s Review content for the foreseeable future.

Now, I know I’ve said this before. But this time I really mean it!

This new copywriting position isn’t just a job; it’s a career. It’s a rewarding occupation that I greatly enjoy. And now I’ll be able to translate all the professional skills I’ve learned — copywriting, advertising, SEO marketing — into making this website as terrific and successful as my dear readers deserve.

Expect more music reviews, more columns and a long-awaited finish to those pesky Sopranos, Mad Men, Breaking Bad and Twin Peaks reviews that have been sitting in limbo for the past six years. I mean it this time.

As always, thank you for reading and staying patient. Words cannot describe how much it means to me.

Colin’s Column: Career Updates

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