Nine Lives

Meet Alisha McDarris, Freelance Writer & Photographer

January 5, 2016

“Every mishap, or missed train, is a potential adventure in disguise”


What do you hope to get out of the new look Media Kitty?

To enjoy utilising the more user-friendly interface and to make connections with people who could use my work!

What’s the most fun part of your job?

Getting to do whatever I want whenever I want (like travel). I love the freedom of the freelance lifestyle, even if it doesn’t come with a regular pay check or traditional benefits

What makes you good at what you do?

I think my passion, creativity and positive view of the world around me makes me good at what I do. I was writing fiction and experimenting with photography long before I made it a career.

What are you working on that you are excited about?

Well, my husband and I recently moved to Australia for 9 months and I’m super excited about the stories that are coming about during our travels.

What is the best way for other members to find out more about you and your work?

By connecting on Media Kitty and following us on our website Terradrift, our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We update all of it frequently (especially when we’re travelling) and it contains both personal experiences and travel tips and articles.


In your work background, how did you progress to your current role?

I started writing for a small town paper where I lived in Ohio. They were willing to give an essentially unschooled wannabe writer a chance and from there I became head writer for several small local papers, a stringer for larger dailies, and then local and regional magazines.

What are your top three highlights of your career so far?

I think when the mother of someone I wrote an article on recognized me on an airplane and told me how much she loved the piece (I felt like a rock star), the first time I got a free meal from a restaurant I was writing about, and when an entertainment magazine I thought was way out of my league told me I was just what they were looking for.

What inspired you to work in this area?

I’ve wanted to be an artist since I was a child. I don’t think I knew in what capacity that would be, but I developed a love of words and images at a young age and it was that passion by the time I was 18, that inspired me to pursue freelancing.

If you were not working in this area, what other area would you have been interested in working in?

I would have probably pursued stage acting, an activity I have always enjoyed. Now I’m just happy when I’m in one place long enough to participate in small local theatre companies.

What are your interests outside of work?

I think my interests are often connected to the kind of work that I do because it’s those thins that I love to write about, but I enjoy classic literature, vegan food, outdoor activities like backpacking, kayaking, rock climbing and hiking, and above all, travel.

What is your top travel tip?

Take it easy and don’t stress. Every mishap, or missed train, is a potential adventure in disguise.

What is on your bucket list?

I wouldn’t call it a bucket list because the things I want to do are constantly changing and evolving, but for years now I’ve wanted to work for a season at a dude ranch. More recently, a round the world ticket has been on my radar.

Connect with Alisha on Media Kitty!



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