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Jake Kilroy

Jake Kilroy

Column Five

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Jake's work combines: Writing, Art, and Accomplishing Goals

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Day In The Life


I manage the creation of design projects and advertisements for clients.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree


    California State University-Fullerton

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Marketing Managers:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Creative Writing

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Wrote in my free time as a child and teenager.

  • 2.

    Decided to become a writer as a junior in high school when my teacher told me I could do anything.

  • 3.

    Majored in journalism instead of creative writing, because it was safe.

  • 4.

    Took an internship at a national business magazine.

  • 5.

    Was laid off from the magazine and wrote a novel.

  • 6.

    Got an easy desk job so I could focus on writing.

  • 7.

    Found a creative job that would fulfill me.

  • 8.

    Wrote in my free time more than ever.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    Do you know how hard it is to be a writer?

  • How I responded:

    Writing is easy, and writing well isn't necessarily hard. It takes hard work, sure, and it takes A LOT of work, absolutely. You have to write a hundred dumb things to get anything good. You have to read everything. You have to write everything. BUT...if it's something you love, it's the easiest thing in the world. If you like writing, writing anything and everything you can is beautiful. It's as easy as breathing. And with writing, you can always put fresh air in your lungs and laugh.