Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Blogging Life: What It's Like to Write for A Living vs. Your Own Blog

As many of you know, I've been blogging for over 6 years. This includes my own blog, and also work I've done for other websites. There are major differences in writing your own blog compared to writing paid pieces for a website, such as:

Your Own Blog vs. Writing for A Website (paid)

1. Prepare to Pitch, Edit, and Rewrite
When you are being hired to write a blog for a website, you have to abide by the established tone and standards. Sure, you've been hired because of your skills and voice, but that doesn't mean you get complete freedom. For example, I write for a top entertainment website--The Richest--and I have rewritten one piece four times to please my editor (over 16 hours). I pitched several spins on the same topic, and then kept editing and eventually rewriting several times until my editor was happy. If you want to succeed as a professional blogger, you have to be able to go the extra mile. My editor was happy with my work; she simply felt spinning the piece in a different way would increase the amount of views. You cannot take things personally when it comes to writing for a website. 

In terms of your own blog, you have complete freedom. You can choose to post about a specific topic, and edit each post if you feel like it. However, you still have to respect the needs of your audience, and work hard to keep them reading. 

2. Money, Money, and Mo' Money
There are the lucky few who are making big money on blogging, such as Perez Hilton. However, for the majority of peeps, it's not very lucrative. Or, the money that you make isn't consistent. Writing for a website allows you to make a consist amount of money if you're good at what you do. For example, because I have had viral posts on The Richest, I am now able to write as many articles as I would like each month. Typically, you have to prove yourself in order to start making good money as a Freelance Writer. When I first started blogging, my payment per piece was incredibly low. 

The reason that I tell people to really think about writing for your own blog, or for a website is because it takes time to grow your audience. However, you can make BIG money once you get a following and learn how to market to your audience.

3. It's All About Who You Know
When you write for an established brand, such as BuzzFeed or Mashable, that will begin to open up doors because they are recognizable and respected names. After I worked for a celebrity brand as well as large corporations, I started to get opportunities I was never afforded. Sometimes in your career you have to make smart decisions; working with a successful company in your field is a great example of that.

The great thing is if you're a Freelance Writer, you can easily maintain your own blog while also writing for other websites. Just focus on being creative and working your tail off. Soon enough you will begin to see results. What I mean by working hard is not occasionally putting in an extra hour or two. Working hard is doing what I am doing now: Writing on a Sunday when all of my friends are out having drinks. #DoWhatYouHaveToDo.

Those are just a few differences between blogging for your own website and being paid to write for a different one. The important thing to figure out is which path you want to take, and then to stick with your plan. However, if a career changing opportunity comes up, be open to it!

Keep in mind that all of my advice is meant for those who don't already have a hugely successful blog, or website. For those that do, obviously you can create revenue by having a strong marketing and content strategy in place. If you need advice, feel free to email me at: My consulting fees are completely reasonable. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

What It's Like Being A Social Media Consultant for the King of Vine - Andrew Bachelor

As many of you know, I've been working with Andrew Bachelor--the King of Vine--since last year. It has been a great experience and he's truly one of the nicest people I've ever met! And, everyone in his family has a big heart. They help out people and always give to those in need. Andrew even has his own foundation called, The RuJohn Foundation.

Andrew Bachelor with Prime Minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson Miller
I'm often asked, how did you start working with Andrew? Well, as a writer who wanted to work with him, I simply reached out to his agent. After weeks of waiting--since the King of Vine is so busy--Andrew emailed me. He wanted to know how I could help him out. I quickly sent over my resume and told him I would like to work with him. But, not collaborate; I wanted to be on his team. Sort of like Kevin Hart has his own core team of people who are behind the scenes -- that's what I wanted to be for Andrew.

When I met with #KingBach in a restaurant in Hollywood, CA last year he was extremely courteous and attentive. He had not only looked over my resume but also thoroughly researched me online. This is what I realized...

Smart and successful people are protective of who they allow into their circle 

As we started talking I offered him bottled water and even food, but he politely declined. I could tell he was on a mission to get to know me and understand my motives/what I could contribute to his goals. A few questions he asked:

"What are your long-term goals?"

"How many projects do you have fully complete?"

"Do you have your own transportation to get around?"

He clearly wasn't playing around. Luckily, I wasn't either and fully answered his questions. And, I passed! From that point on, Andrew and I have been working together. My main focus has been on his social media strategy and growing audience engagement. It's been fun and a pleasure to work with such a nice man who is also famous and incredibly talented. 

In future postings I will start to share some of my experiences with Andrew, reveal some of my social media tips that I've implemented, and much more. Stay tuned and feel free to write any comments or ask any questions.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Single_Never_Married - An Original Web Series

Hello world!

As many of you know, I created, wrote, executive produced, and starred in my web series about dating called Single_Never_Married. It is also based off the book I wrote called How to Get Real About Dating. The web series was selected to be in the Los Angeles Web Festival this year, which was a great experience. Here's an episode if you haven't seen it --

The first season is done and we have two left to publish on Youtube. This has been a great experience and now I am planning on doing the second season. There are MAJOR surprises in store! I'm adding three more main characters and expanding the shows. It's going to be like a mixture between Girls and Sex in the City. In the second season, issues around age, acceptance, sexuality, love, and relationships are discussed.

As of now, I want to pitch it to Lifetime, or OWN. I think it would be a great fit! I am also looking for investors to fund the second season and take it to the next level. If you know of anyone or have interest in investing please email me at We're looking to raise around $35,000. Plus, we can get famous actors and already have a business proposal with all of the details.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Michael Sam: NFL's First Openly Gay Player

It's official, history is made: Michael Sam is the first openly gay man to be in the National Football League! 

Photo Credit: CBS Sports

The news came to Michael on Saturday evening as he sat with his boyfriend looking courageous despite not hearing his name being called as the seventh round picks began being named. Although he looked confident and strong, I was getting worried. Why was the SEC co-defensive player of the year in 2013 not chosen in the second or third round? He's all the things you'd like to see in an NFL player: talented, respectful, classy, motivated, multi-dimensional, and smart. This was very obvious to me when I met him a few weeks ago in Los Angeles, California with his adorable boyfriend, Vito Cammisano.

Yes, his name was called late but the important thing is that Michael Sam made it into the NFL! The St. Louis Rams are lucky to have such a great football player. I know coach Jeff Fisher will handle the situation with dignity and grace.

Congrats, Michael Sam!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

KingBach: The Set of "Happy" Parody with Bart Baker!

Get ready, peeps, because two celebrities are coming together to make a hilarious video and I guarantee it's going to go viral! 

Andrew Bachelor (#KingBach)


#Bart Baker

Bart Baker is known as the King of Parodies and recently had his parody of Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" go viral. Andrew Bachelor is known as the King of Vine and also stars in several television shows. They are teaming up to a parody music video of Pharrell's huge hit song, "Happy". I was on set to film behind-the-scenes footage of Andrew Bachelor for his fans. Here are a few pictures I captured. Make sure to watch out for their video, which will be out this Saturday. Links are at the end of this post!

Andrew Bachelor signing a picture for one of his fans.
Bart Baker during a break.  
Andrew Bachelor thinking about his dance moves.
 The set!
 Some of the actors from the video.
 Andrew Bachelor during a break. The man never stops working!
 Andrew Bachelor dancing for the camera.
 Bart Baker as he thinks about the next scene.
Me looking like a dork. 


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Lauren Hamilton Featured at UCLA's Career Week!

I'm excited to say that I will be a part of UCLA's Career Week in April! I will be at various events as well as on a panel with other industry professionals. 

This is an honor for me and I'm excited to be a part of the panel. My book, How to Get Real About Dating, is also being sold in UCLA's book store. Feel free to join me at the event and also pop in and purchase a book.

You can also follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Lauren Hamilton at LAweb Fest March 26-30, 2014!


Lauren Hamilton ("Single_Never_Married") Creator-Writer-Producer Joins the LGBT Panel at the LAweb Fest March 26-30, 2014

Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/21/2014 -- Lauren Hamilton will be featured on two panels at the world's largest and oldest web festival, LAweb Fest. The first panel, Fight the Power, takes place on Friday, March 28th from 4-5PM. It will focus on how talented writers, directors and actors in the LGBT community are using web series to tell their stories in ways television and film are not. Women Warriors of the L.A. Web Series Scene is the second panel Lauren will be a part of and takes place on Sunday, March 30th from 5-6PM. Lauren will discuss topics relating to her web show, Single_Never_Married,and answer questions from the audience. 

Both panels will be held at the Radisson Hotel at LAX. Screenings of Lauren's web show, Single_Never_Married, take place on Thursday, March 27 at 6PM and Sunday, March 30 at 12PM. For a full list of events and more information about purchasing tickets, please visit the website at 

Lauren said, "I'm excited to share my experiences as an African-American lesbian woman who has a passion for making original web content. The LAweb Fest is celebrating its 5th year and people from all over the world will be in attendance to share their work. I'm honored to be a part of the prestigious event." 

Single_Never_Married is inspired by the book Lauren co-wrote with her father, William Hamilton, entitled How to Get Real About Dating: A Father and Daughter's Guide to Finding Love at Any Age. Books will be sold at both panels where you can get a signed copy from Lauren Hamilton.

About Lauren Hamilton
As a young girl, Lauren had a love for story telling and knew she wanted to inspire people with her words. After attending New York University and participating in the Chris Rock/Comedy Central Writing Program, she co-wrote a book with a father about dating that landed them on The Ricki Lake Show. Now Lauren spends her time creating web content and blogging for various websites and companies.

LAweb Fest
Established in 2010 by Emmy-winning producer and playwright Michael Ajakwe Jr., LAweb Fest has grown to become an international destination spot for the web series industry as thousands flock to Los Angeles each year from all over the world to showcase, study, and celebrate great web shows.

Link to Press Release.