August 2nd 2017

Today I decided to break out of my comfort zone in a major way – for me, at least. A guy I work with knows that I run a magazine and he thought to ask me if I’d be interested in covering an event that he’s going to be part of this weekend. He’s asked me to cover a tango event in Warwickshire.

That’s new for me for three reasons: I’ve never been to a tango event, I’ve never been to Warwickshire, and I’ve never ‘covered’ anything before. I don’t really know what ‘covering’ involves. I’m taking my photographer girlfriend along (I very much doubt that we’ll end up dancing any kind of tango), and I’ll have the opportunity to ask the dancers some questions and stuff. I already have an idea of how it’s going to fit into the magazine, so I’ll just try and shape it around that.

If I’m honest, I was hesitant about saying yes. Traditionally, that’s the kind of thing that would really intimidate and overwhelm me, but I’ve told myself that it’ll be a good experience. And I think it will be. I’ll just be kinda terrified. I tried to talk myself out of it, and thought of various reasons that I shouldn’t go (mainly the fact that I’m going to Cardiff the next morning, and I won’t be getting back from Warwick until gone midnight) but, in the end, I just sent the guy a message accepting the offer before I decided against it.

So I’m going to Warwick, to cover something I’m clueless on. I’ve not done this before, but it’s the kind of thing I’d like to do. That’s the kind of thing real magazines do; go to events, cover events, advertise events.

The ‘officialness’ of it is what convinced me to go in the end. Even if it’s just a small, local event, it’s something that puts me out of my comfort zone. And that might be good for me.

Until tomorrow, I just hope they don’t make me dance.


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