Emily Westervelt

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Emily Westervelt

Writer

Los Angeles, CA

www.emilywestervelt.com

 

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I’m a writer—novels, short stories, creative essays, blog posts, promotional branding content.

One time I wrote a handful of poems, but I wouldn’t say I’m a poet. 

 

WHAT STEPS DID YOU TAKE TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW?

So many. I didn’t grow up thinking I would be a writer at all—I wanted to be a clothing designer—but I started working at a really young age, and my first career in celebrity wardrobe styling led me to an idea for a book. I taught myself how to construct a nonfiction proposal, then the more I developed it, the more I realized writing is my true calling.
 

FOR OTHER PEOPLE IN YOUR FIELD, WHAT DO THEY USUALLY LACK?

I’ve been pretty fortunate that the writers I know are also people I deeply admire and respect. We each have different ways of cutting through the static in the market, but for me, positivity and openness have been my most useful assets.

Listening to the core of what’s really going on, singular to the present moment, using that as the key to fill the gap that exists somewhere in the equation—because there’s always a gap to be found, where something fresh can come to life—that’s where I thrive. I’m a big proponent of, “How can anyone find a new version of what could be ‘possible’, without believing that anything can still be possible?”
 

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?

Growing my freelance business is my main focus at the moment, but in my spare time, I’m writing short stories and creative essays for a variety of literary magazines and finishing my third novel. 
 

WHAT'S YOUR STYLE/PERSPECTIVE/TASTE? DO YOU HAVE A PROJECT THAT REPRESENTS THIS? 

Truth, timelessness, and minimalism. 

I gravitate to the sparse but evocative and provocative. Anything that can stand on its own without howling to be noticed, that whispers to the world again and again, forever once someone has seen it—that art is my favorite.
 

WE ARE ALL SLASHIES WITH MULTIPLE SKILLS, WHICH ONE DO YOU WISH YOU COULD DO MORE OFTEN?

Singing. I used to sing all the time. Old music—60’s samba, classic Motown, singers ’n swing jazz—was such a huge presence in my childhood, and I was always in choir during school. But now that I’m out of the school environment and most of my friends have spread out across the country for work, I haven’t really found anyone who wants to just goof around singing, playing the guitar and piano with me. But if I did, I would cherish that!
 

WHAT IS FRUSTRATING YOU RIGHT NOW?

Honestly (thankfully), not a lot. Finding ilovecreatives has opened up so many possibilities for me, I’m too bubbly about that to be frustrated right now!
 

IF YOU COULD HIRE SOMEONE FOR $20/HR, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE THEM DO TO MAKE YOUR DAY EASIER?

Oh my gosh, I don’t even know where to begin… Nothing’s coming to me. I think I really enjoy being self-contained and self-sufficient, and for some reason my face is blushing at that, haha!

(Several minutes later) 

Wait… 

Something came to me! 

A driver. 

If I could be 100% indulgent, I think that’s what I would choose. I would relish the chance to be driven everywhere, so I could use the travel time to wander around in my brain instead having to focus on the road.
 

LET'S BRING OUT THE TIME MACHINE. WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE TOLD YOURSELF, WHEN, AND WHY?

“Take a breath. You can’t eat the whole world in one bite.” 

I’m so passionate about creativity often my instinct is to devour everything around it all at once—every piece of art, every book, building, and conversation, all the magical moments in existence. When I was a teenager, I was constantly pushing myself to accomplish everything I knew I was capable of doing all in one go, but I see now, patience is the only way to actually savor the experience life offers. If I could, I might ask my seventeen-year old self to go for a walk to chat about that, but if that chat would change the course of everything that’s happened since, I think I would leave it unsaid.
 

IF YOU COULD TALK TO AN EXPERT TO GAIN MORE INSIGHT ON SOMETHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT?

Coding. I’m in total awe of coders and computer geniuses. I wish I could know everything they know.
 

WHAT KIND OF OPPORTUNITIES/PROJECTS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

Writing gigs. Of all kinds. Big and small. 

Blog content, newsletters, email blasts and P.R. announcements, social media upkeep and strategizing, consultation regarding audience and following expansion, creative essays, features for any kind of fiction or narrative storytelling. 

If you need someone to help diversify your content, streamline the way you reach your audience, or even just collaborate with you to brainstorm how to bring your next vision to the world and how to promote it from there—let’s talk!
 

DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL JOB/CLIENT/COLLABORATION.

If we’re in it together, let’s achieve the absolute best we can.

The greatest collaborations I’ve found are those rooted in integrity and mutual communication. Open, two-way talking about the end goal is paramount for me. Also, because my work ethic is one of my own highest priorities, my ideal clients have been those who approach and consider their endeavors as seriously as I do.
 

WHAT IS YOUR HOURLY RATE, RETAINER, OR SALARY RANGE? 

I prefer to discuss the scope of a project, before nailing down a rate. Email me, tell me what you have in mind, and let’s go from there. I’m a “big picture” person, and I’ll always do what I can to find a middle ground that accommodates both of us.
 

HOW SHOULD SOMEONE APPROACH YOU ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER?

Email me! Even if you’re just at the beginning of noodling the idea, I would love to talk through your hopes and dreams for your project.
 

HOW DO YOU STAY CREATIVE?

I peruse the public library, constantly.


This member profile was originally published in April 2018.