THIS was the interview I have been hoping for.
To have the audience of an executive editor.
THE executive editor.
How does someone like me get to interview with THE executive editor?
I got lucky.
I know it.
I'm fine with it.
Today it was my turn.
Imagining what it would be like to TELL the executive editor what I wanted to write.
And then get the okay to do it.
Obviously it doesn't work like that.
Except in my own little imagination.
went something like this:
Executive Editor: I've seen your resume, Robin, and it is impressive. But I'd like to hear about it from you. Tell me about your education.
Me: Well. Uhm. My post-secondary training happens to be in massage therapy. That, and I have personal experience in the 'at-home-mom' department. So as far as writing goes, my education does not match my experience you see on that resume.
Executive: Tell me about your writing. What do you like to write.
Me: I love human interest stories. I'm pretty good at photography as well. And as long as you are asking, I'd like to someday write a column.
Executive: We do have freelance opportunities available. However, our freelancers do not write columns.
Me: I figured that. But you asked.
So the rest of the interview went on with more back and forth. She had looked at my portfolio and decided that I could fill out the paperwork necessary for tax purposes and then she would start assigning work to me.
And I asked her: Is all of the work done on assignment?
Executive: Yes. What did you think it would be?
Me: I didn't know if freelancers ever came to you with an idea for an article.
Executive: No. But if you were to have an idea, what would you propose?
Me: Well, I don't know. But you mentioned that freelances occassionally cover weekend events. RAGBRI is coming through my town and I'm going to be there so.....
Executive: You have that job.
Me: (dancing on the inside)
After handing me the paperwork and explaining why the Times needs this info from me, I explained that I understood as, years ago, I had worked on a few freelance jobs for a different division of the Times. And I hand that info to her.
Executive: Oh my. I thought I recognized your name. I was the editor on this particular project. (speaking of the project I had done.
And from then on, it only got better.
The tone went from crossed arms to "welcome aboard."
And the column that freelancers just "don't do,"
I have an opportunity to submit my vision for a column that used to run.....
If she likes it?
I get to have the column.
As a freelancer!
I'm still wondering, as I write this....
....am I dreaming? Cuz this is way better than I had imagined.