Here’s how Kate Carraway, now a VICE columnist, got her start as a writer:
What was your first job out of school?
After I graduated from U of T I moved to California to do an editorial internship at OC Weekly. I took three different buses for two hours each way, from where I lived in Laguna Beach to the office, which was almost in east L.A. When I came back to Toronto for my first real-life grownup job, I was the (barely qualified) editor of a website that was mostly a city guide to Toronto. It was a weird job for a 24 year old music writer to fall into: I had seventy-five freelancers working for me, an assistant, and was technically a manager so I had to go to strategy meetings and stuff. I stayed for one year and learned a lot about office culture and how a property like that works; I would work this straight, serious gig until about five or six, and then stay at the office until ten or eleven or later, working on my zine or doing freelance stuff or reading stories online. When I quit after thirteen months, I had built up a legitimate freelance practice.
Read the rest of this 2010 interview (I know, kind of old) here.