Sam @CUSP Conference 2015

Friday, December 3, 2010

Chasing the Dream...Day 617 ( A Little Advice and Reflection on 2010)

Hi guys!

I hope all is well and you are all feeling healthy and happy!

I have shows and articles coming up and you can read all about those in previous posts. Thank you for your support!

I just wanted to give a brief recap of the year and hand out a little advice because people are always asking me for it which is great. It makes me feel really good that people look to me for assistance and I like to do what I can to help.

Folks always ask me for writing advice and the advice for all of you aspiring writers out there is to write. If you consider yourself a writer-write and do it all the time! Of course, the goal is to be published. But, you don't have to be published to be a writer. The art of doing it is what makes you a writer. Plus, if you want to be really good at it you have to write everyday and every moment that you can. I am a published writer but I was a writer long before someone gave me the blessing of sharing it with an audience.

My second piece of advice for all of you writers out there is to be resourceful. Everyone has a different journey and everyone has different writing styles and goals so you have to follow your own journey. If you want to be a journalist and you are still in college my recommendation is to do as many internships as you can with local media outlets and, if you can, out-of-state outlets as well. You want to get the experience, network and create a portfolio so that once you graduate you have something else to show employers besides a degree. Degrees are wonderful but they are only half the battle. You have to actually have experience to couple with it.

Another way one can be resourceful is by utilizing books for writers like the Writer's Market books which have tons of advice for writers who want to be published whether it is a screenplay, journalistic endeavor or novel. There are a ton of books out there. Go to the library and ask your librarians for assistance.

My last piece of advice is to put your work in the universe. If you have a cool short story or poem there are a million open mics around town. One of my favorite is "Poets, Pages and Scribes" at The Southfield (MI) Public Library every first Thursday of the month.

If you have specific questions you can always email me at Make to sure to write Advice for Sam White in the subject line.

This has been an amazing year for me you guys. It hasn't been easy but I have accomplished a lot and I am so excited and proud of myself!

I opened for one of my favorite comedians and Last Comic Standing Winner John Heffron, I have written for some of my favorite local papers like Real Detroit Weekly and Between the Lines (& magazine-944), I went on a local mini comedy tour with a bunch of talented comedians, "No Apologies Comedy Crew, " like local comedy veteran Mike Bonner, I was in HAIR and I did my first non-musical this year! More importantly, I have grown as an artist and writer and it's all about spreading my wings.

I really hope that all of the hard work in 2010 has set a foundation for great things in 2011. I always say it ain't easy to pursue one's dreams especially in this economy. But, when you are as in love with writing and performing as I am you find a way.

I will do my yearly re-cap on New Year's Eve per usual. So, look for that.

Let's all keep praying for better times, crossing our fingers that our dreams come true and working our butts off because I firmly believe that hard work pays off.

Thank you for reading!

Your support is everything!



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