Freelance Writing, Editing & Proofreading
Before my days as a traveller started to flourish, I was flourishing as a music writer and Victorian state editor for Australia's online music magazine FasterLouder. As part of my music writing duties, I wrote music news articles, live reviews and interview local and international bands. Sitting in the state editor chair, I was managing a team of freelance writers and photographers to get them to shows for review and 'shoot', tee up interviews with writers, and proof-read, edit and publish text to an online platform
A personal achievement for me during this time was the ability to publish over 700 of my own articles for FasterLouder as a freelance music writer. During this same time, I was also freelance writing for two more Melbourne music publications - Beat Magazine and The Buzz Magazine.
The Australian television series Places We Go was born out of a passion for travel. Co-founders Jennifer Adams and Daniel Macpherson were working on travel assignments for major Australian television stations before they decided to quit their ties and start their Places We Go dream.
It's wonderful that Places We Go and I share that same passion for travel. My published guest posts have included top things to do in the Kimberley in northern Western Australia and my special walk with Sumatran Orangutans in Northern Sumatra
The Travel Belles is an online travel community for like-minded travellers around the world who are always on the look-out for appealing travel information and inspiration.
If you need a destination to find out about all things Australia, then Onya Magazine is where you can travel to. From issues affecting Australians to celebrating Australian culture, arts, food and lifestyle, Onya Magazine has the great southern land covered.
You'll be able to find some of my travel tips from my Australian-based adventures, such as exploring the weekend getaway of Beaufort in my home state of Victoria.
During my time at fasterlouder, I was blessed to work with an amazingly talented Melbourne music photographer and designer. Zo Damage decided to branch out on her own and publish veri.live magazine. Zo self-published and self-funded this bespoke magazine, featuring interviews, live reviews and photography from some of the deepest underground music venues around the country. A bi-monthly rock n roll music journal (including a vinyl with each), featuring the best in Australian and international bands, veri.live was an incredible collector's publication.
Part of my role was to assist in sub-editing and proofreading the pages before they went to print. Sadly, veri.live closed after only 14 issues, but the sheer gravity of this publication was cemented when Edition 3 was awarded a silver medal for design at the Victorian PICA Awards.
WeekendNotes is a digital publisher that inspires readers to make the most of their weekends. From events to restaurant reviews and places to visit, there is a plethora of local knowledge for readers in each city around Australia and beyond.
I have been a regular contributor for WeekendNotes since 2012, and my work has been awarded a number of Editor's Choice awards. Since becoming vegan, my work focuses on places that are purely vegan or vegan/vegetarian, and attractions or events that encompass a vegan ethos.
Whileaway Guides is a regional guide publisher that specialises in transforming small escapes into bigger experiences. There is a swag of guides available covering many of Australia's special places, unique experiences and local produce. In each guide, there are hints on places to go, sights to see and restaurants to try.
I was privileged enough to write a Whileaway guide earlier in 2013 on Geelong and The Bellarine Peninsula and the finished product was featured on Cinnamon Lane as part of the site's Quick Easter Getaways from Melbourne feature. I've also assisted with updates for their established guides including The Yarra Valley and Great Ocean Road.
Integrated SEO, content and social marketing agency Caliber Interactive combines smart insight, creativity and technical expertise for its clients. One such client, First Choice, turned to Caliber Interactive for their online strategy who in tun asked me to assist. I was delighted, and I put together a great little travel wishlist for Spain as part of that campaign.
Menulog is Australia's number one for online takeaway in Australia. There are thousands of restaurants to choose from on those nights when cooking is just out of the question. With regular specials and discounts, along with easy to use navigation, Menulog is a great site for ordering food when the tummy starts to rumble.
Menulog was kind enough to consider me for a partnership blog post. I had loads of fun celebrating winter solstice at the Belgrave Lantern Parade then enjoying a sumptuous Chinese meal afterwards.
Red Mud Media is a digital consultancy company who work with big multinational corporations and small businesses that are taking their first steps into the world of digital marketing.
Travel is all about pushing boundaries and travel isn't travel without the presence of risk takers and dream makers. Enter Search Factory.
I rose to the not-so-challenge when Search Factory asked me to write a post about tour-style travel in Europe. I've had my fair share of tour-travel so I was really thrilled to provide my tips on tour travel for Search Factory's travel client Albatross Tours.
There's always a flurry of excitement when I'm approached to write about travel. Switched On Media is a leading digital marketing agency in Sydney who offer real value for their clients and needed my support on a few blogging assignments.
Vegan Life Magazine is a UK-based vegan lifestyle magazine that aims to "bring vegan into vogue". I thoroughly enjoyed reading this magazine while on a four-day B&B retreat to Beaufort in Victoria. Vegan Life encourages bloggers to join their community and get involved through blog posts about magazine articles that resonate with them.
You can read a list of my blog posts inspired by Vegan Life's articles that resonated with me.
Webjet.com.au is one of Australia's leading online booking agencies, allowing users to search, compare and book cheap flights, accommodation and travel packages.
Webjet.com.au has been a loyal and ongoing client for Fire & Tea, resulting in a curated list of sponsored posts.
A beat-up old car, a few dollars in the pocket, and a sense of adventure. Lonely Planet founders Tony and Maureen Wheeler didn't need much in order to set their trip of a lifetime into motion.
The world's most successful travel publisher, printing over 120 million books in eleven different languages. One said book, only just released, is The Best Things in Life are Free.
It was loads of fun to review this book for Lonely Planet and I hope you enjoy my review as much as I did reviewing it over a quintessential Melbourne coffee.
RedBalloon is all about providing unique and unforgettable experiences through gift-giving. There is a tremendous spread of experiences people can choose from, for that special gift. There are romantic dinners, massages, hot-air ballooning, race-car driving....the list goes on!
RedBalloon invited me to road-test one of their fabulous experiences before I became vegan - their creative vegetarian cooking class.
Alana Thompson of Black Ant Films is a Melbourne-based, award-winning cinematographer, DOP and editor. Alana thrives in producing creative and thought-provoking documentary content.
I was honoured to be Producer's Assistant for an upcoming vegan documentary by Black Ant Films. Stay tuned for more updates on its release.