Bel Ryan – Editor at CRAMP
Our editor Bel tells CRAMP what the heck she even does here, how she first got involved with AWF and what it’s like to be a freelance writer.
So you’re the editor at CRAMP. How’d that come about and what do you do?
“There are heaps of amazing women in our community and I wanted to help spread the word on their accomplishments. CRAMP has a huge focus on supporting and fostering our local girl gangs, which I’m all about."
“As editor I organise all the written content for CRAMP and make sure there are no embarrassing typos! So that includes writing, editing and proofing all the interviews and features, coming up with new ideas and planning out the content with Sab.”
On top of that, you’re a content producer at AWF. How did you first get involved?
“I was fresh out of Uni a couple of years back and keen to get some more writing experience under my belt. I’d never come across a place like AWF before but loved the vibe of the joint. Plus, Sab and I get on like a house on fire. We started collaborating on content and have been pals ever since.”
We also hear you’re a freelance writer. Is it a tough gig?
“It can definitely be a tough gig, particularly when you’re first starting out. You have to be very proactive about getting work. You also need to be comfortable taking criticism, or being blatantly ignored or shut down. It can also be a bit financially terrifying at times, because actually getting paid is a whole other job in itself.
“Having said that it’s super worth it when a piece you’re working on comes together. Being at ACE SPACE has really helped provide a productive workspace for me too, as I’m easily distracted at home – usually by snacks.”
What kind of writing do you do?
“I was a music editor for a magazine here in Melbourne, so a lot of my work has been in that area. While I still love music, I’ve definitely gravitated toward more food and culture writing. Food in particular is basically my favourite thing in the world. I also do stuff like writing and editing content for people’s blogs, websites and social media.”
Any advice for aspiring writers out there?
“Never admit you have no idea what you’re doing! But seriously, good manners and a solid work ethic will get you a long way. Write lots, be patient, do your research and read as much as you can.”
Photos: Sabina Turner