Here’s to New Beginnings!
Friday was a pretty big day for me – it was my last day as an employee at NewsChannel 8! So, what’s next? I’m glad you asked!
I’ve decided to take the plunge into the wild and wonderful world of freelance media! That sounds pretty scary, I know. No steady paycheck. No company health insurance. No paid sick leave. (Why the heck did I decide to do this again?)
After some serious soul-searching, I realized that there wasn’t a perfect “job” out there for me, and it was time to create one. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my time at “Let’s Talk Live.” My team was incredible, and I had the wonderful responsibility of providing our viewers with entertaining content about the hundreds of restaurants, businesses and events in the DC area.
I’m certainly going to miss it, but I’m even more excited about what’s next!
For all the unknowns in the freelance world, there are also some pretty sweet perks: No supervisors. No timesheets. No company-mandated schedule.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean sitting around in PJ’s surfing the internet and binging “House of Cards” all day… (Wait, it doesn’t?) No, it doesn’t.
I’m launching my own media company called “Lani Furbank Creative Media,” and as a one-woman-show, I’ll be wearing a lot of hats. I’m the boss, the accountant, the receptionist, the saleswoman, the writer, the web developer, the consultant, the photographer and the videographer. I don’t know if I even own that many hats. (Note to self: Buy more hats.)
While it will be a huge responsibility, it will also allow me to explore all sorts of exciting topics – everything from sustainable farming to gourmet cooking! And, it gives me a lot more time to focus on YOU, my lovely readers! That’s right, you’ll be seeing a lot more of me around these parts!
My company will be cover a broad spectrum of media needs: feature articles on food, lifestyle and the environment; public relations writing, to include ghost-writing, blogging and press releases and more; photoshoots and event photography; videography projects; web and social media marketing; and really anything else you can think of! (Except elephant training, leaf raking and spider-hunting. I have to draw the line somewhere.)
I can’t wait to tell you all about it – and maybe even work together! (Shameless plug: contact me if any of the above services interest you!)
Until then, I really need to get back to work. Who’s in charge here, anyway?
While I’m gone, enjoy my cameo on “Let’s Talk Live” where I get attacked by balloons while saying farewell!