Untitled (for now)

I moved to São Paulo at the beginning of November as the editorial assistant for the newest link in the Time Out chain, an international network of culture-slash-entertainment magazines and travel guides united under a well-regarded London-based banner.  The idea was to get into and uncover the continent’s largest—and the world’s most underrated—metropolis.  I got more than what I bargained for.

I got editorial meetings where ideas for the next issue were hashed out and poo-pooed.  I got pages of text in Portuguese to translate into English and pages of English with I’s to be dotted and T’s to be crossed.  I got lists of PR reps and spokespeople to call and beg, in Portuguese, for a list of their events and activities for the following month, in a place where events and activities are rarely planned even a couple of weeks in advance.  I got to make less money, work weekends and holidays, fall behind on emails and blog posts, and sit in the most monstrous traffic jams on earth.  I even got to work a few nights until 4am, proofreading a 100-page magazine for errors in spelling, grammar, and style.  Oh yeah, and I got to get into and uncover the continent’s largest—and the world’s most underrated—metropolis.

Right now, I’m holding the December issue of Time Out São Paulo in my hands.  It contains three articles I’ve written and countless listings I’ve edited.  I’ve had a hand in birthing this baby.  And I’m glowing like a proud father.

That's me, right there. See?

When y’all coming to visit?

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12 Responses to Untitled (for now)

  1. Lola says:

    Congratulations bro!!! Super stoked for you

  2. khw says:

    Excellent! This is such a good move for you!
    Congratulations

  3. Natalie T. says:

    Sounds like growing pains but I’m so proud of you! Thanks for shedding light on the reality of being a writer/editor. Good things are going to come to you! xo

  4. kwerekwere says:

    u better have time for me when i’m in rio. that said, i might be able to jiggle a day or two to come see you in sampa. that is, if it parties 7 days a week, which you can tell me.

  5. Julie says:

    Felt really bad about my hand in this job lead until I got to the last paragraph. Congratulations!

  6. Congrats on the new opportunity! Sounds amazing! Will have to check it out online or try to grab a copy while in Rio in a few weeks if available.

  7. You want FAME?! Well FAME costs…and right there in Sao Paulo is where you start payin’…IN SWEAT! FAME!!!!

    or in the words of my guru Rupaul: YOU BETTA’ WORK!!

    Happy for you! LOL!

  8. I’m sure all the hard work will pay off big time in the end! Keep goin.

    Malcolm

  9. Soon, I hope!
    Congrats on the move and gig. Are there links online to the articles?
    Love the playlists on the podcasts.

  10. Congratulations. Very inspiring post. All the best in 2011

  11. Nappy Mind says:

    Sounds fabulous despite the hard work. I’m enjoying your blog.

  12. Jenelle says:

    Fell out of bed feeling down. This has bgriehtned my day!

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