Nana Grace Kwapong
Meet Devin Joubert, Writer, Blogger, Photographer and Social Media Maven.
“Since it is so likely that (children) will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage. Otherwise, you are making their destiny not brighter but darker.”
― C.S. Lewis
Devin Joubert, writer, editor, blogger, photographer, social media maven, works as an Assistant Editor for Design and Living Magazine and a freelance writer. She previously worked as a Content Marketer at CoSchedule and as a Freelance Social Media Manager at Dancing Poet Creative Media. Before that, she was a Digital Content Editor for Scooterbay Publishing and an Editor - Sunbeam Publishing and Red Weather.
Devin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Mass Communications from Minnesota State University, Moorhead and studied abroad at the University of Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia in Creative Writing. Devin has a personal blog called Life & Writing Wanderlust, where she writes about love, travel, writing, and relationships. She also co-writes a digital magazine with her husband, called Wolfland Magazine, about thriving in long distance relationships.
"All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.
- J. R. R. Tolkien
What does a typical day in your role look like?
I wake up early in the morning to go to my full-time job as an Assistant Editor at Design & Living Magazine. First thing in the morning, I combat my email inbox and then start working through the to-do list for the day. After work, I work on current projects to move my side business ahead. That could involve writing blog posts or chapters for a current book I'm writing, writing scripts for YouTube videos, and scheduling photography shoots.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about helping people. I love sharing stories that help inspire them and make their lives better. I also really love traveling with my husband. Whenever I'm on a new adventure, I'm filled with wonder and a lot of inspiration. It really inspires me to move forward on projects and gets me excited to work on new ones as well.
What do you find most challenging about your job/career?
This is a great question, as I think it could be two-fold since I work full-time and also am trying to start a business on the side. I'd probably have to say the most challenging thing is finding enough time to do everything that I want to do. Time is a constant challenge, especially when working full-time because then you have to manage your schedule well or your schedule will manage you.
What do you find most enriching about your job/career?
I work at a magazine, so I'd have to say the most enriching part of my career is meeting new people and telling their stories in an exciting and fun way. With my side-business, I love helping people through difficult experiences. My husband and I are creating a digital magazine for couples in long-distance relationships. Currently, we are working on recording helpful videos that'll help couples thrive in long-distance relationships because we dated long distance for 5.5 years. We know it's possible to thrive, so we want to help others. It really makes me smile when I know that I've helped someone.
How did you find yourself in your current career?
I've worked in publishing quite a lot, so when I saw an opening for the Assistant Editor position at Design & Living, I couldn't say no to it. I really love that I have my evenings to work forward in my own goals. I used to work someplace where they wanted you to work 9-5 and 6pm-8am as well, so it's really nice having my afternoons to chase after my dreams as well.
Words of advice for anyone who wants to pursue this career?
If you want to work in Magazines, I'd encourage you to do some writing for magazines in your area. Look at magazine submission guidelines on their site and get in contact with the editor. If they have a blog, comment on their articles. Follow them on social media and join in the conversations. After a while, they'll start to remember your name since the publishing world is pretty small. Make sure that when you make contacts that you are professional with how you communicate with them, because if you aren't you can easily turn your name to mud. And you totally don't want that. :) Then from there you can keep an eye on their social platforms and website for job openings. Don't be afraid to start somewhere like an internship. It's a great in!
If you would like to get some tips on how to write great content or want to hire Devin, visit her writing website: Life & Writing Wanderlust. If you need tips on how to thrive in a long distance relationship, visit her and her husband's website: Wolfland Magazine. To learn more about her career journey, click here.
Thanks for reading!