Today we’d like to introduce you to Liz Orient.
Liz, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Traveling has been part of my life for as long as I can remember! I caught the “travel bug” at an early age. Growing up, regular trips to visit family in Budapest, Hungary became second nature. I wanted to tell everyone about my adventures but never took the time to write about them. During my teen and college years, I started to immerse myself in creative writing and blogging. My family and friends increasingly urged me to pursue writing and editing as a profession. In 2017, I buckled down and enrolled in a professional copyediting certificate program at the University of California, San Diego. I also began to regularly write articles for my own travel blog, for private clients, and for local magazines.
It’s a competitive world out there; everyone wants to be a freelance writer or editor. Sticking to what I know or do best helps me stand out. Finding one’s niche is very important! For example, I built my freelance business around my love for travel writing and copyediting. In September of 2017, I launched my professional website/personal blog and never looked back. It has definitely been a learning experience with the usual ups and downs. I have found that tenacity, patience, and ambition are virtues in this industry. I cannot wait to see where my next adventures take me!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It certainly has been an interesting journey! A year ago, I would have never thought to be the enterprising type, but… here I am! A unique challenge in the freelance business is staying genuine while catering to industry trends. I am constantly assessing the best practices in creating engaging content, finding quality clients, and developing the breadth of services that I offer. Additionally, it is all too easy to get lost in the transition from one career to another. The best advice for future writers/editors is to forge ahead in your niche and seriously apply yourself. Opportunity is around every corner, you just have to stick your neck out there; go for it!
As someone with a learning disability, it took me many years to commit to my goals. I was held back by the crippling fear of being judged and not knowing the road ahead of me. However, the consistent motivation from friends and family helped me take flight. Sure, it’s been a bumpy ride on the way down from the nest, but I am earning my wings. Balancing my career, personal life, and this endeavor has proved to be challenging. Staying thirsty for knowledge and keeping my goals within sight (literally, in my goals notebook) prompt me to stay on track.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about LP Editorial. – what should we know?
I am a San Diego-based freelance writer and editor. I offer a variety of editorial services for the creative, technical, and business sectors. I also specialize in content creation/development for travel and tourism companies. I am most proud of my progress in becoming a “Jill of All Trades.” In the freelance business, it is important to have multiple skill sets and to embrace lifelong learning. What sets me apart from others is that my unique background in different industries affords me the creativity, flexibility, and in-depth experience that clients seek.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My family, friends, colleagues (past and present), and followers have played a large role in my success. I would not be where I am today without their unwavering support. These people keep me inspired and motivated in ways that I never thought possible. When there are moments where I say, “I can’t do it,” they are the ones to tell me, “Yes you can, now put your big girl pants on!” If you are reading this article, please know that I appreciate you!
- Website: www.lizorient.com
- Email: Lporient@gmail.com
- Instagram: lizorient
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lizorient