Why You Should Hire Schyler Martin As a Content Writer

When I first sat down to write this article I had a tough time deciding what to say first. I knew I could list off my general positive personality traits — you know, the ones people always say: smart, nice, funny, hardworking, yadda, yadda, yadda — but then I realized that those things, while important, are pretty boring. So I’ll just start with telling you that I do think that I’m smart, nice, funny, hardworking and yadda, yadda, yadda, but there are also more specific reasons that you should hire me as a content writer.

I’m 20 years old and a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and I want to write. I love it. It’s what I do for fun, and I’m happiest when it’s something that I can do for financial gain too. I’m hoping you can help me do that. With this article I’m going to do my best to convince you to hire me as your content writer by giving you all kinds of reasons that I’ll be the bomb. Here we go.

I want to write

I’m young

I’m working on building a resume

I have experience

I know how to work under deadlines

I have a love and understanding of popular culture

I’m happy to write about anything

Film and television

Social media

Social commentary

Investigative journalism

Personal anecdotes

Apocalyptic fiction

I want to write

I mentioned this before, but in a lot of ways, I think this is my most compelling argument for why you should hire me as a content writer. I truly do want to do it. I’m itching for opportunities and experience. I love writing and do it constantly for fun, so being paid to write anything is a dream come true for me. Hell, most of the time even writing for free is great. I run a fairly regular entertainment blog simply because I have a lot to say. (http://skyytv.wordpress.com/) If my work is being seen and I’m getting better, I’m generally pretty happy. (Though I prefer money, obviously, and will almost always request it whenever appropriate.)

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I’m young

For some, this might not immediately seem like a good thing, but let me assure you that it is. With my youth comes a high level of ambition and an insatiable quest to improve my writing and take full advantage of every opportunity that comes my way. This means that no matter what kind of writing you want me to do, I’m probably going to be incredibly excited about it. Plus, I’m young enough to mold. I know that I have a lot to learn, and I genuinely want worthwhile direction and advice. If you have tips to help me get better at my craft, you better believe I’m going to take those tips to heart. I realize that I have a long way to go, and I want to do my very best work and simultaneously learn from my employers.

I’m working on building a resume

As I’ve said, I’m a rising junior in college. This means that there are only a few years before I’m stuck out in the “real world” and forced to find “real jobs.” Naturally, finding jobs is easier with a stronger resume. The more I write, the stronger my resume will be. The more people I write for, the more contacts I could have for future job applications. If I know that everything I write is going to be important and everyone that I write for could impact my future, imagine how focused I’ll be on doing my best work. If you can’t imagine it, I’ll just tell you. Very focused. I will be very focused on doing my best work.

I have experience

Despite my young age, I have quite a bit of experience in this world of writing. I’ve written more stories, articles and reviews on my own than I can count, turned in what must amount to thousands of articles and research papers for school, worked for a newspaper as a freelance reporter for an entire summer and found a decent amount of work as a freelance writer online. I have a lot to learn, but I do know what I’m doing. I can handle the responsibility.

I know how to work under deadlines

My mother has always told me that I set unnecessary deadlines for myself, and it’s true. Even from a young age I thrived under pressure. I do my best work when I’m slightly overwhelmed. As a journalism student at UNC-Chapel Hill, I constantly have to work with deadlines. Over the summer between my first and sophomore year of college I worked for the local newspaper in my hometown. I had no choice but to get my stories done on time so they could be printed. It was never a problem for me. You know that kid who was annoyingly always 20 minutes early to every class? I was that kid. I still am. I’m early for everything, all the time, and that includes my deadlines for work. If I have an assignment due, I will always, always finish it, and I’ll usually finish it early.

I have a love and understanding of popular culture.

This might not seem important at first glance, but for many topics a respectable knowledge about popular television shows, films, celebrities and books is downright necessary. I have that knowledge, without a doubt. I could write a piece right now about nearly any current film, show on TV or book because I watch and read just about everything that everyone is talking about. I hope to eventually work in the entertainment business so I feel that I must be educated about popular entertainment at all times. Also, I just love movies and television, so it doesn’t feel like a chore to stay updated on what’s doing well. If you’re looking for a relevant, timely piece, or just a casual friendly conversation about your favorite show, I’m your gal. I will also be participating in the new website UNC Television in which I will discuss the popular TV shows with fellow students.

I’m happy to write about anything

Though I do have topics that I’m particularly comfortable writing about (I’ll include a list of them at the bottom of this post.), I am prepared to tackle nearly any topic you throw at me. I’ve written about all kinds of things. I’ve written articles about Buddhism and boat safety, twins and giant cactuses. (The giant cactus article was as fun as one would imagine.) I’ve also written extensively about social media, film and television and art and culture. If you can dream it, I can write it. Or I can at least promise to try and keep an open mind and do my best. There are few topics I would draw the line at.

Like I said earlier in the article, I am open to writing about pretty much anything, but there are some topics that I consider my specialties at this point. To keep things simple, here’s a quick list of my favorite things to write about:

Film and television

I run an entertainment blog that I’m pretty proud of, and no matter what topics I write about, entertainment will probably remain my favorite. It’s my passion, simple as that. I love writing reviews, thinkpieces, critical analyses, character studies… anything regarding entertainment. I’m up for it.

Social media

I’ve done a ton of work for this website specifically, and my posts have all had one thing in common: social media. I’ve written about making the most of social media, how to make solid connections on Twitter, how social media affects the way people watch and enjoy films and so much more. I know I have a lot to learn as this topic is constantly changing, but I’m starting to feel like something of an expert.

Social commentary

If there’s one thing about writing that I really love, it’s the opportunity for full, unapologetic honesty. In person there’s always that chance of an awkward reaction, but when you’re writing, there’s nothing anyone can say to stop you. If you’re looking for someone to throw down some truths about the world, then I’m ready and willing. If you want a feminist perspective, you’ve got it. If you want to hear about why I think the friend zone is nonsense, I’m more than happy to tell you. Just ask!

Investigative journalism

During my classes and my summer working at a newspaper I did tons of freelance journalism work. I don’t have any qualms about calling random people on the phone, asking for interviews or traveling for my work.

Personal anecdotes

Well, these are just fun. Getting paid to write about my weird life would pretty much be the dream.

Apocalyptic fiction

Ok, now I’m just having fun. Really though, I do write a lot of this stuff. Read a lot of it too. I dig it.

All jokes aside, here’s the bottom line. This is the most important thing you need to get from all of this: I want to write for you. I really, really do. I would be way more than happy to take on any project you can throw at me. If you’re interested in seeing my full resume or talking to me more, please contact me at schylermartin@gmail.com or on Twitter @SkyyTweet. Thanks for reading!


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