I have a real-live work-related meeting tomorrow morning in which I get to pitch myself as the perfect freelance writer to take on what could be a large writing project. The potential job is through a small, but very well respected, marketing and PR firm here in Austin, which shall remain unnamed. But if you live in Austin, you've seen their work.
I got the referral through my good friend O'Pine, who had been offered the writing job but then decided it wasn't his cup of tea. So he gave the account manager my name as a candidate.
So even though O'Pine has assured me that I'll be fine, I'm still worried. This is really the first time since leaving the "real" work world that I've had to pitch myself for a job. Everything I've done at the textbook company I've worked with for the past five years has sort of just been given to me because I was in their system as a reliable freelancer. I've worked my way up through the trenches there to the big projects I've been given in the past year. This is the first time I'll be going in cold.
Also, it's a big project with technical writing. I'm worried that that part of my brain has stagnated a bit.
And then there's the issue of what to wear. I don't have work clothes. At the textbook company I can get away with khakis or a skirt and a polo shirt. This firm, though, is known as hip and cool, and I don't have hip and cool and work-like clothes. O'Pine has assured me that jeans and a cool shirt will be fine, but I don't know if I can do that.
So I'm considering going shopping, which seems kind of pointless. Within weeks, if not days, I'm not going to fit into any of my clothing.
So I'm all adither. What, dear readers, would you do?