Lately I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what my life looks like. What exactly am I doing? What do I do for a living? How am I always traveling?
If you’re just looking for the quick answers, here you go:
- My “day job” or primary source of income comes from my work as an SEO and digital marketing consultant.
- I’m also a working actress pursuing film and television.
- I’m able to travel so much because my consulting job is completely remote! So I can work from anywhere as long as I have my laptop.
As a completely remote digital marketing consultant who is also pursuing acting and traveling, I’m often asked what my life and daily schedule looks like. To be honest, it was a massive mental shift for me when I began this digital nomad life, but I am so incredibly grateful for the life I’ve been able to create! For those of you who’ve been wondering what in the world I do with my life now, or for those interested in remote working or digital nomad-ism- this article should give you some insight!
What Exactly Do You Do For Work?
I’m currently an SEO and digital marketing consultant with a company called CanIRank?. The agency is based in California, but the entire team is spread around the world. We have team members in the US, Canada, Europe, and South America! I never report to a physical office with my team members, and all of my work is done through my laptop. However, even though I’ve never met my coworkers in person, we chat everyday through Slack and frequently have video and conference calls with our clients and individual teams. The beauty of working remotely with an international team is that I’m free to have a flexible schedule that I can arrange how I’d like. So if I need to take a few days off, to travel or work on another project, it’s not a problem! Or if I’d rather use the daylight hours to go on an adventure and work at night instead, that’s easily doable too! The world is truly your oyster when you work remotely and for that I am so thankful.
In terms of my job specifics, I’m a content specialist with sub-specialties in SEO optimizations and social media. This means I analyze a client’s current website content and craft SEO-driven website copy, blog content, guest posts, and social media posts/captions to ensure their website is properly optimized for SEO and is driving traffic and conversions. It’s a unique combination of research, strategy, analytics, creativity, and a lot of writing! I’ve worked with brands in e-commerce, SaaS, medicine, international tourism, fashion, and higher education.
I also freelance! I offer services to individuals, startups, and small and large businesses in the following areas:
- Copywriting (Blog posts, website copy, press releases, social media, ads, etc.)
- Social Media Management
- Media Training (for anyone who needs to know the strategy behind speaking to media outlets or on-camera)
- Personal Brand Coaching
- Public Speaking Coaching
- Creative Direction (video/photo/live events)
Wait, But You’re Also An Actress?
For those who didn’t know this about me – surprise! I began performing professionally at the age of 6 and over the years have had opportunities to work in commercials, TV, film, theatre, and commercial music. The first time I was on film I was six and danced on a Disney Junior show called “Animal Jams”. After that I performed as much as I could! I worked for most of my childhood but departed the entertainment business entirely for about 6 years. After receiving my college degree, working in the “real world” for a few years, I began to reassess where my passions truly lie. After some soul searching and a lot of encouragement from friends and family, I’m excited to be returning to performing with a focus on acting for film and television.
There’s a lot involved with this pursuit! I take acting classes weekly, self-tape auditions, attend callbacks, go to industry mixers and events and shoot projects as they roll through. This business isn’t a consistent or predictable one, so my schedule can change depending on the week. Some weeks I’ve got relatively little going on and other weeks I’ll have three projects to shoot. You never know! Luckily, I always have other projects to keep me busy. In addition to being in front of the camera, I’ve started working on some of my behind-the-scenes skills such as writing and directing. I hope to continue to hone these skills in the coming years.
But How the Heck Do You Travel So Much?
I travel as much as I can, whether in the U.S. or abroad. Coming from an airline family has truly made this possible, as I fly for free on standby. This makes it really easy to plan a last-minute trip when I have a few flexible days in my schedule! Again, my remote job is great for helping to accommodate my need to travel frequently, as I can still work while I explore, or adjust my schedule for days off without issue. Having only recently moved to Atlanta, it’s also nice to have the luxury of visiting my family and friends more frequently than I’d otherwise be able to do.
Things I Do to Keep My Life in Order
Along with my nontraditional life comes a few unusual things I do make sure things are running smoothly (for my body, mind, and my schedule). People have commented on a few of these things, so I figured I’d share with the group so you get a better idea of how my life runs.
- I get up early and go to bed early. My boyfriend and I are up by 6 or 7am most days and try to be asleep by 10pm. I get sick without enough sleep, but have a lot to cram into each day, so this has become my ideal sleep schedule!
- I make a LOT of lists. Without my lists I’d be lost and would miss a lot of important things! I have lists for work, lists for acting projects, lists for personal life things, and so on. I also keep our fridge calendar up to date. Organization is everything.
- I’ve learned to pack for a trip really quickly and really lightly. A lifetime of last minute trips or changes in travel plans have conditioned me to be a pro at packing. The mental checklist is always ready.
- Most auditions are self-taped and there’s a lot involved with it! If I ever say I have an audition, 9.5/10 times that means I’m self-taping an audition. In the digital age, almost every casting process starts this way. For those who don’t know, self-taping involves a bit more than recording myself on my phone. At our apartment we have a full set up which consists of studio lighting, a tripod, and a nice camera set up and do several takes to get things just right before we edit and submit our auditions.
- I work out 4 days a week and practice yoga twice a week. Keeping myself fit is so necessary. Honestly my primary motivation to work out is mostly for my mental health and stress release. It also helps me prevent getting sick as often.
- I avoid technology when I can. Because my job is 100% through my laptop or phone, I can get really burnt out and overwhelmed from too much screen time. I try to take several screen-breaks throughout the day to keep my eyes from bugging out.