Hi, I'm Jess.
A virtual fledgling, I can hardly present myself as a journalist, having written only a few freelance article many years ago. Following this, my career took a turn into the creative arts - first visual, then, the more sustainable, although still pretty turbulent! avenue of music and performance. I have nearly always done something else to sub it, but this has never held long-term prospects, or employed my academic qualifications. Meanwhile, live music in London has become, in recent years at least, a culturally fickle and aggressive minefield that rains cold, recession-saturated fish.
So in my late thirties I am feeling a bit anxious, wiped out; still performing a lot, but looking at ways in which I can turn my rich and rather squandered intellect to better use than replacing a dud jack-to-jack and exerting my heart, mind and body to extreme but unprofitable ends, often before a pub full of self-absorbed piss-heads who would rather watch The X-Factor. Or rushing around trying to court the attention of financially-strapped venues and their evil bedfellows, The Promoters. I'm a damn good writer but could only show piecemeal journalistic inroads on my CV, which is now dominated by ten years of trials and tribulations - and some success - on the live music circuit.
I am happy to study on line, with a view to forging a career as a respectable freelance journalist, part-time. But how difficult will this be, given that I am loath to surrender my music to the void?? Even if I did? I actually figured my experience in this field, at any rate, could provide the substance I lacked as a 24-year-old, reeking of fresh "humanities" degrees. Moreover, is a course in journalism a way forward, or should I, as one source suggested, be looking at course in digital media (I'm not such a technophobe but the two words together make me shudder) because of the way "things" are going?
So grateful for experts or veterans who can assist me in damage limitation and fly the flag for good wordsmiths with wit and opinion, maybe wisdom too, etc etc.