Last April, I accepted a copywriting position at a public relations agency where my godsister works. I felt it was time to leave human resources after doing it for a year, as HR can be quite repetitive and therefore, tedious. I felt like I didn’t belong in the corporate world, which I thought was too rigid.
Strangely, despite my busy schedule, I find myself having more time to pursue other projects. I once thought that I would have to give up Star, but instead I am getting more gigs. My theory is that I love my job so much that I still have energy to do other things after work.
Below are some of my sidelines besides being a PR all-arounder:
My presence at Star is still going strong. I’ve been writing non-stop for almost two years, and though my space Supreme Picks has been a constant, lately I’ve been inspired to make other pitches.
When In Manila
I had a sort-of falling out with When In Manila when I started in PR because of my busy schedule. Most events happen during weekdays and sometimes my work stretches until the early evening. But the busiest part of PR is over since my two largest accounts had their expo and media launch, so my hands are a little free to accept invites. My return to When In Manila is a feature on the I Love Kusama exhibit at the Ayala Museum on Monday. I’m also planning to pursue my idea of covering the art scene in the country.
The Culture Trip
This project is new. The Culture Trip is a London-based website featuring cultural events around the world, and they agreed to let me contribute essays on Philippine culture. My first piece will be about a certain Filipino artist who is making waves internationally by joining this certain art show.
This is by far the project I’m most excited about. One morning, as I woke up, I decided to start a zine. Just a small, independent zine with a small circulation. My inspiration is Andy Warhol’s Interview, which was informative yet light, with a slight irreverence. I’ve always been fascinated with people and this zine, tentatively titled Voyeur, will be a series of interviews with interesting people, mixed with critical essays by some of publishing’s great thinkers. I’m going to publish it quarterly and will have themed issues, with September being fashion. It’s progressing quite well, and I have a great team on board who’s just as excited as I am to run it.
I finally signed up at Bikram yoga Alabang this month. We do their PR so as a deal, we get free classes. I finally had the courage to join, and I just had my second class this Thursday. My first one didn’t go so well. I felt incredibly dizzy and felt like vomiting, and I think it’s because I wasn’t hydrated enough. In my second class, I made sure to hydrate and take occasional breaks, so I was only slightly dizzy (I pee a lot so I lose a lot of liquids, too). I can already feel my paunch getting smaller, so I’m pushing for three or four classes a week. On days I won’t do Bikram, I’ll be doing hatha at home. I just downloaded this amazing app called Yogify, which is pretty intense.
I’m clearly going overboard with my projects, but I’m so passionate that I find the time to do all these things. Now if only I can commit to maintaining this blog…. That should be one of my projects.