We had the good fortune of connecting with Nina Green and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nina, we’d love to hear more about your end-goal, professionally.
My goals are constantly changing as I learn new skills and get introduced to new niche markets within different creative spaces. However, something that would be an absolute dream for me would be to continue perfecting my journalism writing assignments. I travel quite frequently as it is (before covid hit) so my current end goal would be to become a correspondent journalist in different countries. This would mean that I could continue to deliver articles and features on different cultures on a larger scale and with more impact. Writing for a prestigious travel organization such as Lonely Planet is at the very top of my list, down the road in my career.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Through my writing, I try incredibly hard to showcase different aspects of international cultures that people may not otherwise see for themselves. Traveling has opened my eyes to many different ways of life and I believe everyone should keep an open mind, and the best way to do that is to hear new perspectives through real people, not only from films and TV shows. I think this is what sets me apart from other writers. Along with the travel writing that I do, I’m lucky enough to work with small businesses and non-profits to help with website content, press release writing, social media management, and other forms of content creation. I am still very early in my career, still developing my brand and voice, but I’m so positive about the future as I continually get referrals into new industries and get pushed towards new opportunities.
Being open to new opportunities has helped me immensely. For example, I am currently working a media assignment with the International Surfing Association, which has sent me to the World Surfing Games in El Salvador. Because surfing will debut at the Olympics this July, this event is the last possible Olympic qualifier for surfers trying to secure a spot. I’m truly honored to be part of this historic moment for the sport and share the amazing international aspects associated with such a momentous event like this one.
If I’m being completely honest I’m still in the “most challenging” part of my career. Continuing to do what I love is stressful at times because, as with most art forms, there is not always consistent work. I am still trying to navigate this industry and rely heavily on word of mouth referrals as I slowly grow. I am still taking on unpaid writing assignments if I find a topic that I’m interested in because many editorial teams at the moment have limited budgets due to COVID. However, I’m hopeful that once things pick up again, there will be more opportunities.
I’m truly passionate about putting good insightful writing into the world and I hope that I’m able to continue to do so.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
While LA can be hectic at times, I do think there are really remarkable things here that deserve to be seen while visiting.
In terms of activities, I’d show a friend our gorgeous hiking trails and walks in the area. Places like Solstice Canyon in Malibu, different Temescal Canyon trails, and even the Hollywood sign hike for those that haven’t seen it (even though it is cliche, it’s worth seeing). For a week long trip I would definitely take them out of town a little further to the Mount Baldy area to do the “Bridge to Nowhere” hike, as the landscape makes you feel like you’re in a different state entirely.
The best thing about LA is there is never a shortage of food options. Spots like The Grove Farmer’s Market or Grand Central Market are great for lunch because everyone can find tastes of every type of food. I would absolutely take a visiting friend to Korea-town as well for an all you can eat Korean BBQ dinner, at places like Bud Namu or Quarters.
Brunch is also a staple that would have to be on the agenda as well. Now most restaurants are doing such nice takeaway menus that getting great food and going to Palisades Park, The Marina, or Santa Monica beach is an ideal way to spend the morning.
For nightlife, I’d introduce my friend to some Santa Monica bars like Bodega and Massilia. Other great options would be to check out Sorry not Sorry and Laurel Hardware for a more unique vibe. For a more formal night out I would go to EP and LP for drinks followed by a gorgeous dinner at Yamashiro with an amazing view of Hollywood.
An amazing way to end the final night would be to go to a film at Rooftop Cinema club on a nice evening to enjoy some snacks and drinks.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My incredible friend Edie, whom I look up to for both her life of travel and diverse professional life, is constantly encouraging me to look at different venues when it comes to the creative space, especially in writing. She is the one who suggested that I start taking on volunteer writing assignments in the beginning, for news outlets and other websites to build my portfolio. Eventually, she, along with the support of my boyfriend and parents convinced me to build a website. From there I was able to build credibility and started securing more writing assignments. Edie also referred me to my very first paid freelance client ever, which was a complete game changer. It took my love of writing from hobby to business venture. She is constantly encouraging me to push myself and take on new projects and we’ve also collaborated on different writing projects which have all been amazing learning opportunities for me.