If you’d have asked me 5 years ago where I’d be in 5 years time, I’d have said – without a doubt: London. Home of the very best jobs for a script writer, and opportunities you just don’t get elsewhere.
I’d have told you, until I was blue in the face, that if I wasn’t in London, I wouldn’t have any kind of career.
But back in 2016 I realised something: I’d been lying to myself. Sure, I was writing for clients in London. And they liked the fact that I was local. But the majority of my clients were dotted around the globe. They’d never met me in person, and to them it didn’t matter whether I was writing from my lounge in London, or a beach in Bali.
The year of the Travelling Script Writer
So I packed my bags, and 2017 was spent mostly on the road. Still writing advert scripts, commercials scripts, branded content and the like – but doing so from anywhere and everywhere I’d always wanted to go. From Cancun to China. from Toronto to Tokyo. If I’d had a ‘maybe some day’ pin in the map, I made that day today.
You might think it would be hard to find time explore if you’re working as you travel. But actually, work and play managed to slot together pretty neatly. I used to start writing a script in the morning, and work until I hit a creative roadblock. Then I’d wander in the afternoon until my brain (working away in the background) had solved it.
With a super light laptop, and a local sim for data – a travelling script writer really can work from anywhere.
Consequently, some of my favourite photos from that trip are the ones where it looks like my laptop’s hanging out on his own, having a whale of a time.
But let’s give the guy a break. He’d been working hard. He definitely deserved a drink or two!
Still to come…
Over the next few months, I’ll be filling this blog with the tales of my time as a travelling script writer. And sharing a few of the (writing) lessons I learnt along the way. In the meantime – if you find yourself in need of a script writer (travelling, or otherwise!) then get in touch. Let’s discuss your next project!
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