On Finding Voice

I wrote my first 50,000 word novel in 7th grade. I had an actively updated, in-depth LiveJournal for 8 years. My undergraduate degree is in Marketing Communications and Creative Writing and I wrote a collection of 10 short stories as part of an informal degree capstone. I’ve had a travel and lifestyle blog for 4 years, which hit 100,000 words at the end of last year — which is two standard novels, for those keeping track.

But it’s only now that I think I’m actually comfortable creating my own blog here, under my own name.

So hi. How are you?

When you’re in writing school, teachers talk a lot about finding your voice. About the importance of narrative strength, and developing an identifiable aesthetic. My voice has always been pretty well defined, something I’ve prided myself on, but I don’t think I ever directed it quite as well as I should. Living in New York for the last few years I’ve transformed from a quiet, passive type and I’ve learned how to really use my voice.

After much deliberation I decided to shut down the separate sites I had been working on, and bring everything here under one roof. Photos, writing, ideas, musings, case studies. I do a lot of things as a career freelancer, and I needed to focus my time and energy.  And honestly, I think it’s time everything came together.

A massive site redesign was in order, and while there are still a few things that need worked out, for the most part this is my new home. I have tons of content outlined, with lots of ideas percolating. I’ll be talking about travel and lifestyle, as I have been, but I’ll also start sharing some of my short stories, and my thoughts and advice on freelancing. I sort of had to just make things work as a digital creative, and I’ve been working on the guidebook that I wish I had along the way.

So pull up a chair and settle in, because I hope we’re going to get quite cozy here.

Photo by Kristin Booker for Giafrese
Jeff Smith

Jeff started in photography and short format video, and he's been at the forefront of the web tv movement. He’s worked on haute couture shoots in Paris, shot street style in Milan, and is currently developing a steady roster of beauty, fashion, and digital clients in NYC.

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