January 19, 2022

Sound Advice

“Don’t assume your career path will be a straight line — especially in an arts-related field. Una — whether it’s a life experience or a work experience — is wasted. All of that contributes to your creative point of view. Everything I’ve been through has prepared me for this job. Also don’t be afraid to speak your mind or fret the consequences. I’m not saying be stupid or arrogant, but if you feel that you’ve got a good point, don’t go with the flow. Speak your mind and see where it takes you. I’ve learned that when I pushed back I learned more about myself and grown more. I respect my staffers who push back. Even if I need to write over them because I outrank them, I still respect when they force me to reassess my game.”

Marvel Comic character Ghostrider

Images courtesy of Marvel Comics

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About The Author

Born to Dominican parents in NYC and raised in Passaic, NJ, in nearly a decade as an entertainment writer, Emmanuel Ureña has written for numerous publications, including VIBE, Latina.com, BET.com, LLERO, Urban Ink, Inked, and many others. When he’s not typing away on his MacBook, Ureña is reading fictional novels and comic books while enjoying ice-cold Blue Moon beers. You might also find him at a local tattoo shop getting some fresh ink!

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