It's official. I am trying my hand at freelancing full time.
As of October 1, 2015 I will officially be a freelance journalist. This decision has been long thought and difficult but I feel that now is the time to do it.
I grew up always wanting to explore the stories happening in the nooks and crannies of my community, my life, my friends, and the world around me. I would write journal upon journal and that only continued to grow as I began to travel and see more of the world. I also grew up with somewhat of an ignorantly blissful attitude of life happening around me, as I'm sure many do, and through travel I was able to understand that life was very different for people around the world and also in my home town. I wanted to know and understand why there were such differences, both good and bad. Through my love of storytelling, writing, and audio I was able to explore those answers and share them with hundreds and thousands of other people through journalism.
Once I graduated from the University of Regina I was given the amazing opportunity to work with News Talk Radio 980 and 650 in Saskatchewan. Over the past three years I've met mentors and friends whose advice and support has been life changing. Through News Talk Radio my beliefs and skills were challenged and I became a much better journalist. I can never express how grateful I am for the opportunity to work with such a great company and such talented people.
But there came a time when I had to look inward at whether or not I wanted to try and pursue the "big" dreams. I know, we all have the big dreams. I've heard a lot from my father lately about how when he was my age he had dreams of being a professional soccer player, but that didn't happen. Well I've always had the dream of experiencing Canada and the world, finding the under reported stories, and sharing them with as many people as possible. In my case it can happen.
It won't be easy, I am well aware. It likely won't pay well, I am well aware. I'm going to have to be a lot more responsible, trust me that is haunting me in my sleep right now. But I have to do it, it literally comes down to the feeling "I can't not do it".
So there it is.
What does this mean? Well to begin with there are a few stories here in Saskatchewan I've wanted to do and just haven't had the time. I am hoping opportunities (which I've applied for) will open up so that I can spend some time in the US and back in Southeast Asia. I will also be stepping up my blogging and social media game, so stay tuned.
There will also be a new podcast on the horizon starting in October (separate from Uncorked Spirits) which Victoria and I are very excited about.
So, there is a lot to look out for. There is a lot to do. There might be some wine, some tears, and some night terrors. But at the same time I feel like this is definitely the right step.
One other change, from October on my primary email address will be firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelly Geraldine Malone is a freelance journalist, podcaster, and radio producer based out of Manitoba, Canada