A little over a year ago, I travelled to Hertford for four days work experience at Intent Media. At long last, my persistence and hunger to break into the industry have finally been rewarded.
Last month, I received a call right out of the blue from Michael French, editor-in-chief of MCV, Develop and CasualGaming.biz. He offered the opportunity to freelance for CasualGaming.biz as their new contributing editor. Naturally, I jumped at the chance!
CasualGaming covers everything from Wii, DS and PSP stuff right up to free-to-play, Flash and mobile games. Emerging platforms, like the social game space, are its focus. It’s a trade publication too, so its audience isn’t necessary looking for reviews or ‘definitive verdicts’ on the latest games. That suits me just fine, though. It’s a start and I welcome it. I’ve actually been given free rein to more or less produce whatever content I like for the site. From features on start-up studios to interviews and personality slots, this is a whole new ball game.
For the past four weeks, I’ve been making contacts, compiling ideas and working frenetically to reorganise my life in the wake of this new regular freelance role. I’m actually writing this post in advance, and have a huge list of tasks to complete and stories to prepare for the week that this message is posted – here’s hoping I can get it through it all. My first assignment has already stepped up the level of expectations I face.
So what does this mean for everything else, Platform, university, my friends? Well, since my workload is increasing yet again, I’ll have to make some sacrifices. After all my efforts and what the magazine has done for me, I can’t turn my back on Platform. However, I will have less time to provide reviews and perform other time-consuming roles for the gaming section. Instead, I will focus on getting more students involved and writing for a variety of Platform’s sections – as an editor-at-large if you like. I’m hoping to hand over the reins to a friend at the end of next year, so my mentor process will have to begin now.
As I have a dissertation and five whole modules, each with their own set of essays, to complete this year, demands from uni may force me to change my plans too. This is what I’m most anxious about.
This is going to be a year of immense change. I’ll have to let go of Platform, and take up new responsibilities for CasualGaming. It’s going to be a shock to the system and I’m sure my time management skills will be pushed harder than ever before. But I also want to make sure I have plenty of time to see friends, relax and party this year. I can’t have it all, but better to do my best and look back fondly in future.
So, yep, I’m now officially freelancing. What’s next?