A few months ago, I was spending weeks pitching ideas about my experiences as a mixed-race woman to various websites, struggling to get a reply. Today, I’m editing the Race vertical at The Tempest.
Allow me to elaborate.
After networking with other creatives as Mixed-Remixed, I was inspired to share my work across various platforms. I pitched my stories to several sites; I even submitted a piece to the Huffington Post, and (perhaps obviously) never heard back. I’m telling you – rejection culture can be real. Add to the equation that mixed-race identities are often placed in a binary – and you’ve got a relatively tough atmosphere to crack.
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But I decided to persevere. I remember really enjoying a couple of articles that were published on The Tempest, so I decided to pitch an article around my struggles. A week later, I heard back – the first time someone actually responded back to me that wasn’t an automatic rejection email.
They actually wanted my piece on their site!
After that piece went live, I began to send in more pitches about mixed race representation in TV and literature. At that point, I was just writing as a contributor. But soon enough, I was approached with the opportunity to come on as an Editorial Fellow. I said yes right off the bat. I was that excited! The fellowship would allow me publish pieces on the site five times a week, and write for other sections besides Race.
Being an Editorial Fellow for The Tempest gave me a platform to talk about what it meant for me to be mixed-race in various contexts. I didn’t always write pieces about multiraciality, but when I did, it was a great way to receive feedback from others who either didn’t know that that’s what some mixed women experienced, or was able to relate to it if they identified as mixed.
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Having my face, and voice, on this site for others to see a mixed-race writer means so much to me.
A bit before my fellowship came to an end, our CEO contacted me about taking on the position of Race Editor. At that point, I wasn’t even thinking that could be a possibility in my future with The Tempest. I thought I would be a contributor again once my fellowship ended.
Being able to help other women tell their own stories while being a part of a diverse staff is not an opportunity that is just handed to anyone. It takes time and effort to get to that place.
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With some time and elbow grease, here I am. And I couldn’t be happier. The Tempest is comprised of such a great online community of women. Our fellows and staff are so open and kind. Their hard work ethic makes me proud to continue to be a part of this safe place.
I believe that the future of women in media will continue to expand in being a safe space and including other forms of media, and I am confident that The Tempest will be a part of that future.