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Name: Graham Colton (Freelance Writer)

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Graham Colton is a freelance writer. He has written for esteemed publications such as the St. Pete Catalyst, the Tampa Bay Reporter and Graham is a master's student in journalism at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and he holds a bachelor's in English (with a minor in philosophy) from Washington and Lee University. While currently a full-time student and a proud intern at the Catalyst, Graham manages to work on his hustle from time to time.

Years in Tampa Bay


Hustle (job)

Freelance writer.

What do you do?  

I write on a freelance basis, for clients such as MyArea Network, which runs and

Why do you do it?

I love writing. Writing has always been something that I have had at least somewhat of a talent for, so I thought that I should do what I’m good at and try to become better at it. I also believe in the power of the written word to effect positive change. “The pen is mightier than the sword,” as the saying goes. Finally, since writing is such a crucial life skill, I think that everyone should aspire to be the best writer they can be, so I try to lead by example in that respect.

What was your Catalyst? (How did you get started?)

I have always enjoyed writing, but I became more serious about my craft in college, as an English major and philosophy minor. Since then, I have learned to enjoy the process of becoming a better writer, which is a continuous, daily journey.

What’s a common misconception or unknown aspect of what you do?

As others have said, while freelance writing truly is a dream job in some senses, a lot of the job – in the beginning, at least – consists of finding clients to write for. Pitching stories and marketing oneself take up more of one’s working hours than actually writing.

What’s the most challenging part of your Hustle?

Probably the fact that freelancing lacks some of the stability and professional perks of salaried positions. That being said, some writers actually prefer to be freelancers.

What’s the most valuable piece of business advice/insight that’s helped you?

This is more philosophical, general life advice, but I apply it to my career as well: “Know your why.” It’s quite important to know why you do what you do in order to advance in your career.

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