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Meet Trailblazer Emilee Calametti

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emilee Calametti.

Emilee, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I moved from Mobile, AL to begin college at Louisiana State University. I started as a Physics major and it wasn’t until my sophomore year that I discovered my passion for writing. Once I changed my major to English Literature, I did everything in my power to get to where I needed to be. I worked three jobs throughout college to live on my own in a new city. Two years into college, I was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia, which put a strain on the things I wanted for myself. Writing was the only thing that helped me overcome what I was battling. My resolution for the year 2018 was to begin my own blog so that I could start sharing what I felt with others. It was terrifying, honestly. You never know how things will play out, but you have to put yourself out there. My blog has now been active for over a year, and it’s one of the closest things to my heart. It’s titled An Epic Existence, which is pretty much my life goal. I decided 2018 was my year for change. I began fighting my sickness and told myself I was going to grow mentally and follow my dreams. I traveled to New York City and Chicago (two places that have always been on my bucket list) and I landed my first Editorial Internship with DIG Magazine. The feeling of publishing my first article was unlike anything in the world. After that, I published five more articles. After building up a foundation for my resume, I applied for an Editorial Internship with Houstonia Magazine here in Houston, TX and I got it. I was moving to Houston. I graduated from LSU with my BA in English Literature and packed everything up to come to my new home. I have published2 articles with Houstonia and I’m living out my dream like I never imagined I could. Writing consumes my soul and I hope to use it every single day to touch the heart of someone else out there. Words are the most powerful things we have in life. I use mine as much as possible. I’m not sure where I’ll be a year from now or even six months from now, but I hope to continue to travel to new places that I can call home and put my mark in each of them.

Has it been a smooth road?
The struggles of establishing myself as a writer has definitely knocked me off my feet a few times. Writing is a form of art and it’s something that takes consistent work to develop a name for yourself. I knew all this going in, but having an article returned or hearing a negative opinion on something you worked so hard on can always get discouraging. The road has not been easy between striving to do my best in my career as a writer but also striving to be the best person I can be physically and mentally. Anorexia has been one of the things that has really hindered me from moving forward, but you just have to keep going. That’s the best advice I could give anyone especially someone just beginning their journey. Keep moving forward. Take the trip. Develop a name for yourself. Do all the things that make you scared, because those are the things with the biggest rewards. Even if you feel like you aren’t going anywhere– any progress is progress no matter how big. Whether it’s getting out of bed in the morning or choosing to go on that run you’ve neglected (we’ve all been there). Progress is progress. You can’t ever sweat the small stuff, because life is just so short. Things change. You’ll change. The world doesn’t stop moving for us, so we have to keep going. We have to keep pushing forward. One day, you’ll look around at all the light you’ve created in life and it’ll all be worth it. Things won’t happen overnight, and it may take a while to see the end goal, but I promise there is one and you’ll get there. You are your biggest fan and your worst critic. Just keep telling yourself you can do this.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I do many things when it comes to writing. As far as blogging and freelancing go; I have my own blog called An Epic Existence powered by WordPress. My blog is where I put all the personal aspects of my life. I share my accomplishments, my struggles, my likes, and dislikes. It’s the main place I go to let everything out. I have interned for multiple magazines publishing articles. I love to write about food, music, and new things going on around the city I’m in. I also got the opportunity to interview Lauren Daigle (still in shock). Apart from blogging and freelancing, I deeply enjoy academic writing. My degree is in English Literature and I specialize in 19th century Victorian Literature with a focus on gender studies. I also specialize heavily in film and media studies in relation to the portrayal of gender. I enjoy using critical film theory put forth by scholars such as Laura Mulvey to analyze film (I’m not the best person to watch a movie with for this reason). The thing that makes me most proud of what I do is being able to share my thoughts with others. There are so many writers that have inspired me. I want to have that same impact on others with my writing.

What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a young woman just starting her career?
The most important advice I can give to anyone is you just have to keep moving forward. Take all the feedback you get and learn from it. It won’t be easy (nothing is easy), but you just have to take the hit and keep going. There’s going to be times you fail and there will be times you accomplish more than you thought you could. Take everything and use it to be invincible. The only thing that can stop you is yourself. Always strive to be the best version of yourself.

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