Emma Gannon | Author, Blogger, Creative Consultant and Keynote SpeakerFriday, 6 January 2017
Unless you've been living under a rock without an internet connection you will of heard of Emma Gannon. She is the genius lady behind 'Ctrl Alt Delete: How I Grew Up Online' and the addictive podcast of the same name. I caught up with her for a quick Q&A about her career so far...
Introduce yourself and what you do...
I'm Emma. I write books, own a blog, record podcasts and write for magazines.
What steps did you take to secure your dream career?
So many small tiny random steps and so many zig-zag moves! I had no grand "plan"! My only plan was to do one thing every day to move myself forwards, whether than was emailing a new editor, reading an inspiring article, going to an event, or writing one more blog post. My 'dream career' constantly moves and grows and evolves along with the Internet and technology. I love writing so I just had to write, write, write every day in order to build up a portfolio and practice my craft.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to pursue the same career?
Don't take anyone's advice, especially a stranger off the Internet! If you want to be a writer, you have to write. If you want to work in the media industry you have to try new innovative ways to be noticed but most of all: it's all about the work you put in. The Internet is full of shit, and you produce consistent good work that people like it will rise to the top. I believe in grafting and hustling for what you want. I think a lot of people expect to be handed things on a plate at the very start of their career, which isn't the reality of the world. It's so competitive.
I remember emailing some of my favourite writers when I first moved to London, writing desperate things such as "why am I not getting anywhere?" and they all said the same thing: it's about patience, hard work and time. If it was that easy, everyone would do it.
What has been your proudest moment at work to date? (It could be past or present job)
My book launch party. A room full of people who I love and admire all there to celebrate my first book being published.
Who or what inspires you?
Creative people who love their work. Listening to interesting interviews with interesting people. Rags to riches stories. Fresh air. Switching off. Friends.
Last book you read...
Dawn O'Porter - The Cows
Last album you listened to...
Lady Gaga - Joanne
"You don't have a career, you have a life" Cheryl Strayed