I’m sure everyone has watched TV at some point and thought, “I could do that”. Sex and the City was one of the biggest shows of the noughties. It showed the lives of four single women in New York City, and nearly everyone wanted to be Carrie Bradshaw. Who could blame them? She went to fantastic places, had fun, and did it all in fabulous shoes. Apart from lusting after the shoes and wondering about Mr Big, everyone wanted her job of writing a column. I am going to show you what steps you can take if you have ever dreamed of being a real life Carrie Bradshaw.
1) Learn to write
This might seem pretty obvious but from the evidence I have seen on some peoples Facebook accounts or Twitter, not everyone has the skills to write. Sorry guys but things like “idk guna c er l8r” is not going to cut it. Basic language skills are a must. Most colleges run English language, writing skills workshops, or part-time journalist degrees so if you feel you lack some of the skills to write. Start there.
2) Start writing
Carrie Bradshaw may have written for a newspaper but you don’t need to be in print to get your ideas out there. Digital is the way forward and the internet gives everyone a platform. Start a blog and put a bit of you in it. There is no point writing with the same style as everyone else, just be you. Pick a subject that interests you or just write about your life. That’s what Carrie wrote about, the single scene in New York City.
3) Be ready for change
Sometimes you start off wanting to write about something but end up doing something else. Change is part of the job so go with it. Besides, sticking with one topic can be pretty dull after a while. Don’t be afraid to shake things up and write about new things or experiences. Your readers will look to you for inspiration or latest trends so be ready to move with the times.
4) PR ready
Every time Carrie Bradshaw needed help with promotional work she turned to Samantha to lend her a hand. If you have a friend that can help you, great! If you don’t, then don’t worry. The power of social media means anyone can do their own promotional work and it only takes one post to go viral to get you noticed. Set up separate accounts on social media so that work doesn’t blend into your personal life. And having different accounts means that your friends and family won’t be tortured with you sharing posts all the time, unless they are on your work pages too.
5) Be fabulous
No matter what Carrie did, she made sure she looked fabulous doing it. There is no point writing about beauty and fashion if you are regularly seen running about like a stinky mess. Make the effort and the best of what you have, be presentable. You are your own brand so don’t let yourself down. Besides, do you really need an excuse to wear that new outfit? Didn’t think so.