Meet Nell Alk : Our new guest blogger!
We recently had the pleasure of chatting with Nell Alk, an arts and entertainment writer and reporter based in New York City. She currently contributes to The Wall Street Journal, Blackbook, The Responsibility Project, Movieline, Blindfold Magazine, House Magazine and more. We had the opportunity to ask her a few questions on creativity and inspiration and here is what she had to say!
I’m a Wisconsin transplant living in and loving New York City. Seven years ago I moved to Manhattan to work in publishing and, in a way, that’s what I do today. I’m an arts and entertainment writer and reporter, as well as a copy editor and copywriter. The latter talent I’m ever evolving, honing said skills as I get the gigs. Being a freelancer isn’t easy—and it isn’t terribly lucrative—but it’s rewarding and endlessly surprising. I thrive on the hustle. So far, the lifestyle suits me. That said, if you’re reading this and looking to hire someone scrappy and savvy to write and/or edit full-time, by all means keep me in mind. I also love to travel, read, cook (vegan), work out and wander aimlessly around NYC. Five activities I can never get enough of and wish there were more time to do!
What is your favorite creative outlet?
Writing. What else is there? Seriously. What’s a writer to say?
Ideally I’d like to carve out time to be more creative with my writing; perhaps try my hand at short stories or pen a children’s book. But, for the time being—as I’m caught up in the daily grind—I take pleasure in interviewing individuals of all ilks, for a number of reputable publications. I also enjoy the challenge of crafting snappy copy for brands. And I actually like proofreading. I’m meticulous. I edit love letters.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
Honestly? NYC. And people. People in (or passing through) NYC…doing innovative, interesting things. Whether creating art or making movies, getting to know new people and their respective endeavors is fascinating to me. I also draw inspiration from where we could be doing better. And by “we” I mean humanity. So, problem solving—or at the very least publicizing—significant issues is tantamount to me.
What does living beautifully mean to you?
When one’s deep beliefs and core compassion align with their words and actions. Living one’s values and refusing to compromise, even when it’s inconvenient. The term authenticity is tossed around a lot, but most folks fail to scratch the surface. I try to be my best self and am drawn to others who strive for the same.