The Creative Freelancer Who Came in From the Cold

Then Brought Her Fellow Creatives With Her to a Space Where Their Work Was Valued and Fairly Compensated

Learn Through Stories
Learn Through Stories

A Case Study: Juliet’s Story

Juliet had found herself out in the cold when she had walked away from a job at a company that didn’t value or fairly compensate her work as a creative. But then something extraordinary happened. When alone in that cold place, she took time to consider her bad situation in line with her values. This led her to finding her way back to a space of warmth that served her values, wants and needs.

Juliet had always felt her purpose was to write compelling stories that capture moments, meaning and magic to make sense of the world while sharing facts and research to challenge how people process information. Her recent experiences – the cold and the warm, led her to feel her purpose was even greater than that. She now believed her purpose was to create a workspace for creatives where their work is valued and fairly compensated. 

While Juliet was convinced this was her true purpose, she had no idea how she could make it happen. But then, neither did she have any idea how she could make her work happen when she had walked away from her job. All she knew then was that she wanted and needed to keep her hand in writing, and she wanted and needed to earn some money. 

She had started from:

  1. Who she was by checking in with her values;
  2. Where she was – which was out in the cold;
  3. With what she had – her writing.

Juliet reasoned if that was enough, then to figure things out, it was enough now.

So she went back to where she had started from:

1. Who she was by checking in with her values:

  • Creative work being valued and fairly compensated: I want to work in a space where I can expect the value of my work as a creative, rewarded by fair compensation;
  • Experiencing the vibrancy and cultural aspects of city life: I want to write the stories of the optimism and resilience of the real people that shape the cities of our world;
  • Challenging people’s thinking: I want to share more facts and research to challenge how people process information;
  • Continuous learning, growth and development: I always want to strive to be the best journalist through exceptional writing and interviewing skills honed by experience;
  • Compelling storytelling that captures moments, meaning and magic to make sense of the world: I want to add context beyond the basic lines by writing interesting stories that readers will enjoy.

2. Where she was – which was working as an independent features writer.

3. With what she had – A publication – which she had created through her own writing.

Juliet knew she could grow her publication by bringing on writers who shared her values and would benefit from them in the same way she had. Perhaps, not everyone wanted to experience the vibrancy and cultural aspects of city life, but the people she wanted to work with would want to write stories of the optimism and resilience of the real people that shape the world.

That was enough for Juliet to get started. 

Epilogue

She began by sharing her Purpose: To create a workspace for creatives where their work is valued and fairly compensated. 

Within a short space of time, her fellow creatives were joining her publication. Juliet had brought them in from the cold – the cold of organisations that didn’t value their work and the cold of working alone. They were now part of a writers community, who together, were supporting each other in shaping a new way of working that honoured their individual and collective values, wants and needs.

Words of Wisdom

“The meaning of your life is to find your gift. The purpose of your life is to give that gift away.” Picasso.

Three Questions To Help You Define and Follow Your True Purpose Assignment

You may or may not be able to define your purpose yet. If you can, begin this assignment by doing just that. If you can’t, yet, trust, in time, that you will be able to, and when you can, do just that. i.e. Juliet’s Purpose: To create a workspace for creatives where their work is valued and fairly compensated. 

These three questions will help guide you in defining and following your WorkLife purpose.

Question 1: Who are you? Answer this by checking in with your values, i.e. Juliet’s Value: Creative work being valued and fairly compensated: I want to work in a space where I can expect the value of my work as a creative, rewarded by fair compensation. 

Who Juliet is, is connected to her values.

Question 2: Where are you? i.e. Juliet is working as an independent features writer.

Question 3: What have you? (Working with what you’ve got) i.e. Juliet has a publication which she had created through her own writing. 

To read Juliet’s story of her time out in the cold, and how she found her way back in, tap:  Creatives Need to Be Valued and Fairly Compensated for Their Work

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Carmel

Published by Carmel O' Reilly

Carmel O’ Reilly: WorkLife Learning Practitioner & Writer Author of WorkLife Book Club, Your WorkLife Your Way and The School of WorkLife book series. Created to help you manage your WorkLife Learning. Blogger & Podcaster: Telling people’s powerful stories about WorkLife challenges & successes Founder of www.schoolofworklife.com My guiding statement is to help people pursue their WorkLives with greater clarity, passion, purpose and pride by creating continuous WorkLife learning programmes that are accessible to everyone.