“What Do You Do?” Week: Alyssa, The Funny Girl
This week, we’re spending a little time learning all about you and the awesome and unexpectedly cool jobs you do. Each one of these profiles was culled from you, dear Frisky Readers, and we’re amazed by the incredible jobs you have. This is our attempt to learn more about what you do for a living.
After the jump, read all about how Alyssa turned being funny into a career. Alyssa, 22, Humor Greeting Card Writer
Location: Cleveland, OH
What’s Your Job: I’m a humor greeting card writer. Yes, I write the raunchy, inappropriate and outlandishly awkward cards.
Your Average Day: Lots and lots of writing. I spend most of my time with a pad of paper and a computer, sketching and writing. Often I and other writers will meet for a review of the week’s work, where the best pieces get pulled for placing in card lines. That may have to be the best part of the day, just laughing at everyone’s great writing.
The Best Part Of Your Job: Seeing my cards illustrated! We have some incredible artists, so getting to see my rough drawings and words turned into a beautiful, printable piece is a delight!
The Worst Part Of Your Job: Writer’s block. It hits the best of us. I usually have to get up and walk around, browse the web for inspiration, do anything to get my brain working. I found a coffee run usually helps, too.
The Most Surprising Thing: The most surprising thing about my job is the creative freedom. My department is really encouraging about pushing boundaries and finding new ways for expression. Even if all our edgy (or inappropriate) cards don’t make it to store shelves, we all get a laugh when we’re making them.
If You Weren’t Doing This Job, What Other Path Might You Pursue? I would definitely be in some type of writing field if I wasn’t doing this. My experiences have been in journalism and public relations, so I think I wouldn’t mind going back to my roots.
Does What You Went To School For Have Anything To Do With What You Do Now? Well, I was pretty scared for myself in college; I was a journalism major and a creative writing minor. With newspapers tanking and most creative outlets without pay, it was frightening. But both of those areas work great in greeting cards. You have to write short and sweet like a newspaper headline, and you have to think outside the box.
What Advice Would You Give To Someone Interested In Getting Into Your Field? Get more experience! I spent most of my time in college doing one internship or another, so I encourage all writers to find something to write for. Even if it’s just a blog, write away! Also, be your very funny self! Women aren’t often credited as “funny,” which means it’s very hard for a lady to get into a humor position. So show off that humorous side, ladies, and prove women are just as witty as men.