A question often asked, and sure; I’ve got a well prepared “elevator speech” which allows me to share many details about my professional life in a single sentence, but I feel limited by many online communities who only provide me with a limited character line or a list of drop down professions. The truth is that I don’t like to define myself by a single role. I could say I’m any and all of the following:

  • Actor / Model
  • Author / Writer
  • Singer / Songwriter
  • Professional Blogger
  • Entrepreneur
  • Fashion Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Website Designer
  • Online Marketer
  • Social Media Specialist
  • Advertising Agent
  • PR Specialist
  • Office Admin / Clerk
  • Events Coordinator
  • and more…

These are some of the things I find myself doing – picking only one would feel as if I’m neglecting or throwing others away. Many mentors say that it is important to focus on one thing only, and to make a success of that one thing, but why does that one thing have to be defined by choosing only one of these traditional, limited roles? I’ve been trying to decide on a proper word for my profession for the past two years because each time I refer to myself as only one of the above, I am in fact hiding all the  others – not cool!

For a while I’ve simply played with the titles “Founder” and “Owner” of DAVIDVENTER.NET – But those aren’t descriptive enough for my liking. Do I call myself “multitalented” and risk being mistaken for someone who’s not focussed? – I’m going nuts here trying to find the right title while on the other hand I’m thinking; Why label myself or limit myself to one role? Unfortunately our current society and way of life requires us to specify our roles if we are to be taken seriously. I’ve walked around with the title of “Creative Director” and “CEO” for a few years when I was running Vervean Media. Some friends have suggested that I keep this title, but it feels too formal.

For now, I’ll just refer to myself as a “Blogger” until a more appropriate word has been discovered – Professional blogging does require multiple talents, unless of course you outsource many aspects of your blog. DAVIDVENTER.NET is a one-man show, I do everything here, so I guess it would be socially  and professionally appropriate to label myself a blogger, right? I’m so much more than that…

What am I? What do I do? – I am a new breed, title undefined, a free spirit who will not stay locked down by one label. I will not neglect all my talents and abilities because society wants me to have one pre-defined role. I am free. I am David Venter. What exactly is it that I do? I do Life! – What would you label that?

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