Have you ever wondered what you’d do for a living if you hadn’t followed the career path you did? It’s not something I’ve ever really dwelled on. Probably because from the time I was a kid in school I wanted to work in advertising. Which I did, successfully.
Worked for some of the best and biggest agencies in the world, on the bluest of blue chip brands. Learned from and worked with and for some of the brightest, most talented folks out there; and I’ve won more than my fair share of awards over the years, as if the thrill of doing the work wasn’t enough.
So why wonder what else I might have done.
Except sometimes I do. Not that I have any regrets, so don’t start going down that road, ya hear.
But there have been times, especially in the last few years, when I think being a journalist might have been interesting. I think I would have been pretty good at it. I’m curious. I love trying to figure out what makes people tick. I’m relentless. When I’ve got a bee in my bonnet, when I’m on to something nothing and no one is going to dissuade me. I stick with it until I figure it out and get what I’m after. I don’t like to take “no” for an answer. I’m a good researcher, I love ‘digging’ (no, I did not say digging for dirt, working for TMZ is not my idea of a great job).
And yeah, I’m a writer, a storyteller. I can spin a yarn. Tell a tale. Weave a web. Hook you and keep you interested. And most of all, I love finding and exposing the bad guys. So maybe investigative journalism would have been my thing.
Did I mention I’m opinionated? Well, I am. So OpEd could have been another option. Travel writing also appeals to me. Duh!!! Who wouldn’t love to see the world, pay for little or none of it and then get to share your experiences? I have no desire to be on TV, so being a news anchor has absolutely no appeal. But being a writer on a news or public affairs show would have been up my alley.
I have had some articles published both in Montreal and here, in Toronto. In newspapers and trade publications. But there is sort of a separation between church and state. Magazine and newspaper editors don’t tend to recognize copywriting as a legitimate form of writing, which makes transitioning from advertising to journalism easier said than done.
Truth is, I’m a bit long in the tooth to seriously give it a try anyway. But I can, and do, dabble when I’ve written something I think might be of interest to a particular publication’s readers. There’s no law against submitting a story, last I heard. And I can fantasize about what it might have been like, to see my name in print, to have that byline: – By Fransi Weinstein
What the hell, there’s always my next life.