craig capon is a freelance writing coach and editor in the Los Angeles area who’s working on his master’s degree in journalism and a graduate degree in accounting.
He has a passion for writing about subjects like education, health care, and climate change.
Caron has been a freelancer for almost 10 years, and he is currently working on a degree in media management and communications at Cal Poly Pomona.
Caught up in the whirlwind of a new administration, he’s been doing a lot of consulting work, which he hopes to eventually put to use in a business setting.
“I think what it does is help people understand that there are a lot more options out there than just the traditional journalism industry,” he said.
“I’m very lucky to have that kind of support system.”
He started his career at a local newspaper and then moved on to several other newspapers, including The Los Angeles Times, and eventually worked at the Orange County Register before he decided to try freelance writing.
The best part about it is that he’s doing it for a reason.
“It’s a way to get paid, which is really nice,” he says.
For a freelance journalist, this job isn’t as glamorous as it might sound.
Caulon says the hours can be long, and the pay is low, but that he doesn’t mind.
He says he’ll be working on projects as long as it takes him to be on time.
“We have to work from home because we’re on vacation.
We work from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.,” he said, adding that the pay isn’t bad either.
“You can get paid pretty well for the work you do.
We get paid fairly well for everything we do.”
The freelance writers working in LA are a diverse group of people, and they have varying backgrounds, he says, and some are just starting out and some have been working for years.
“They come in all kinds of different fields.
Some of them have been here for 20 years, some have just been here a couple of years,” he explains.
“But we get it, and it’s an opportunity to do what you love.”
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