Working & Writing: My Idea of Summer Fun
By: Joei DeCarlo, Director of Public Relations
Hi all! Joei DeCarlo, upcoming Director of Public Relations here! Like most students no matter our age, I love summer simply because I get a break from classes. But, once classes wrap up, I find myself missing having a small assignment or feeling like I’m missing something when I don’t have notes to review. As sad as it sounds, I like keeping busy and a full-course load just seems to keep me happy. Thankfully, I am keeping busy this summer in multiple ways. I’m working two part-time jobs that I have been with for years. One is a receptionist position at our family’s hair salon, DeCarlo Hair Salon. My other job is a legal assistant position in Center City, Philadelphia. I also babysit awesome kids whenever I can. You’d think each of these jobs would be enough… but not for me!
When I’m not working either job, babysitting, or trying to become great at practicing yoga, I am writing for RowHome Magazine. RowHome is a quarterly lifestyle magazine that focuses on South Philly and its surrounding areas. Born and still residing in South Philly, writing for RowHome is one of my favorite things to do every few months! I have had the opportunity to write for them for about a year now, and each piece I work on is different. If I am not working on a piece for one of the issues, I am working on a piece for their blog, just like this one! Some of my favorite stories were about a new wedding venue, interviewing kids who are accomplishing amazing things, and going to a taco festival!
I will get assigned a story and my first task is to reach out to whoever I will be interviewing, or reach out to someone about an event I will be attending. After an interview or event, I jot down my notes and use them to write whatever I will be posting on the blog or submitting for the physical magazine. I have found that the hardest part about writing is coming up with a snappy title. I usually save this for last and hope that I come up with something that will pull a reader in. Did it work for this? I hope so!
If you ever want to discuss magazine or blog writing with me, feel free to reach out! Also, if you find yourself curious about the tacos I got to taste, check out my blog post here: https://gohomephillyblog.com/2017/05/13/lets-taco-bout-philadelphias-first-taco-festival/
Anyone interested in learning more about RowHome Magazine should check out their website here: http://www.gohomephilly.com/index.cfm?id=751963&fuseaction=browse&pageid=64 You can view their media kit and check out the archives section where you can view digital versions of past issues. Look out for some of my pieces!