So you want to know a little about me?
I’m known to be a chatterbox, but in the spirit of cutting to the chase, here’s my story, in less than 500 words:
My name is Marie-Pier, but most people simply call me MP.
When I was a kid, I danced. I loved it and I was good at it. Like, multiple-medals-from-semi-professional-shows kind of good. It’s been a long time since I’ve danced, but the “high” I felt while dancing on stage is what I still chase today whether it’s when I write on a project I like, or when I try something new like surfing.
Even though I’ve grown up since my ballerina days, the creative part of dance never left me. My heart wanted to study visual arts, but my brain said: “get something more specific”. So off I went to the University of Ottawa to study Organisational Communications.
My first writing gig was for the University of Ottawa’s student-run paper, The Fulcrum. Each week, I wrote cheap and easy recipes students could do cook up in their dorm rooms with little equipment. On the day the paper was released, I’d bring along the dish that was published that week. My cooking has gotten much better since then!
In 2006, after my graduation ceremony, my parents took me aside and said: “Why didn’t you tell us you’d graduate with distinction?” I didn’t know until they pointed it out on my diploma. Embarrassing confession: I Googled “cum laude” when I got home because I didn’t know what it meant.
I also spent a semester at UTS studying Visual Communications (it’s kind of like graphic design on steroids) because I secretly wished to become a graphic designer one day. I’m still not a visual designer (duh!) but I use some of the design skills I learned to help with the non-visual side of branding. I particularly enjoy developing customer personas, finding a voice that sounds just like my client and figuring out how to put together all the pieces of a website or o a blog post.
In 2010, after 4 or so years in federal government as an internal communications advisor, I set myself on a strange path towards freelance copywriting. I gave myself the challenge to avoid working in an office at all costs for 365 days. During that time I was a baker, I sold boutique Australian wines, I volunteered for a couple of Sydney festivals and I helped out at a yoga studio in exchange for free classes.
During that year, I started doing some freelance copywriting on top of these random adventures in my cubicle-free year. And since then, I’ve spent little time inside cubicles, even though I’ve had jobs. My freelance copywriting jobs have since gone from just a couple fo side-projects per year to my main gig.
I recently became a member of The Clever Copywriting School because one of my major goal for this year (2017) is to connect with a community of peers. And that’s where they are, and they are awesome.
I currently write websites and blog posts for small and creative businesses. If that’s you, send me an email if you’d like to work with me.