I have been writing publicly for one year. During that time, I have covered many different topics—mostly personal and op-ed essays that encompass my racial and sexual identity. However, I find myself stumped whenever I have to write short bios. I sit there with my fingers rested on the keyboard, utterly hypnotized and intimidated by the blank white screen.
Some things don't change. However, bios are necessary. So, I'll begin with my resume: I'm a freelance writer with features in MTV News, Essence, Billboard, Esquire, Grindr, Them, and a few other places. I kicked off my writing career using the HuffPost blogging platform, where talented editors (with taste) promoted my newbie work over six times.
My first journalist check was from Grindr. That's right, Grindr. I was paid the big bucks to interview Khia and TsMadison before they split. And while this fun fact seems immaterial, this feature led me to many more paychecks.
Many other writers ask me "How did you write for all those publications?" My answer remains the same: my ambition. Without it, I would still be writing my opinions in word documents for free, then deleting them. Without it, I would have given up at every "no" an editor gave me. Without it, I wouldn't be the only writer in the world to cover Ballroom Culture for Esquire Magazine.
My goal is to become a successful screenwriter and fiction artist. Truth be told, freelancing is hell. I want to write a book that turns into a movie. I want that movie to become a series that lasts longer than Law & Order.
I'm going to conclude this bio by saying this: I still have a long way to go. I still have a lot of people to convince that my voice is important. That's what every writer signs up for: a challenge that allows us to showcase our creativity.