Posts by Angie Colee

will someone actually pay me for this?

There’s this interesting kneejerk reaction that happens when you’re thinking of ways to get people to give you money. Of course, there are a few exceptional people who either feel no such fear, or feel it and proceed anyway. But for the rest of us, that question of “yeah, but is this something people will…

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every solution creates another problem

I have this really cool bedside lamp – it’s a touch lamp with three lighting levels and I love it. The only thing I don’t love is that it takes specialty bulbs… G9 to be specific. If you haven’t heard of those, they’re pretty weird looking and sometimes a bit finicky: I was reading in…

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getting advice you didn’t ask for

I think it’s safe to say we’ve all been there… Screwing up the courage to share something you’ve been working hard on, and ask for feedback. And then that feeling of being sucker-punched when someone reacts critically. This happens often in copy and marketing, so I have seen folks develop an interesting self-defense mechanism to…

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say yes and figure it out

I’m not a big fan of proclaiming any one thing “the secret” or “the thing” responsible for success. There’s no miracle button, no magic pill. And certainly no “secret” that, once unlocked, will suddenly put wind in your sails and take you to Successville. If you want something, you need to take every opportunity. And…

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self promotion and nuclear winter

To say I have a flair for the dramatic is a tiny bit of an understatement. It makes sense, considering it was once my dream to write for television. Mmmmm… drama. Delicious. So I’m sure it’ll come as no surprise that I am good a catastrophizing. Turns out this is a skill a lot of…

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the choices we make

This week I find myself in a situation that I never dreamed I’d be in, not in a million years. I’m in Cleveland, Ohio. I’m wrapping up my last day at an event called the Titans Master Class. And what it is, is a business/marketing training/mastermind hybrid. It’s put on by people who have decades…

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kindness costs you nothing

I had a couple weird experiences within 24 hours, and I was surprised at how strongly they affected me. And it ties back to a little knowledge nugget that’s served me well over the course of my career… Kindness costs you nothing. It can seem daunting and maybe even a tiny bit overwhelming to be…

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why sucking is a necessary part of success

Before you think I’m being pervy… I’m not talking about a potential sexual harassment case. I’m talking about being horrible at what you do. There’s actually a BENEFIT to allowing yourself to suck. Case in point, I just came across an interesting post from a frustrated copywriter: My trouble is getting started. I can’t seem…

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how to get hired (especially if you’re just starting out)

Last week, I got a bit ranty about why you shouldn’t offer to work for free. (refresher: There should always be an exchange of value, whether you’re paying a mentor to educate you/shorten the learning curve, or you’re being paid/trained as a copywriter. Both you and your client/mentor will value your work more.) At the…

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