Posted tagged ‘Change Artist’

No more Change Artist days

August 4, 2011

I’m kicked in the gut. My editor at the Post just wrote an obit … for my series. No, amend that: The Internet and market forces, leading to a 50-percent drop in Post earnings last quarter, led to budget cuts at the Express, which led to the likely end of this series and many other freelance pieces. The editor says she hopes this isn’t permanent, that she might be able to bring us back next year, but I’m not holding out hope.

It’s been a good run – 57 profiles, almost five years, with subjects, schools, regions, demographics, and fields of study as diverse as I could make them. Two I interviewed by email in foreign countries. Two I’ve been out with socially. At least one has changed fields again, somewhat, since I wrote about him. We’re going out on a high note, on the cover, with a lively subject and a terrific set of photos by Lloyd Wolf.

It’s been a good run. I just wish I didn’t have to say that in the past tense.

Copyright 2011 Ellen M. Ryan. All rights reserved.

Change Artist day!

July 11, 2011

Today you can find my Washington Post Express article on a young man who left the homebuilding business at its height to become a pastor in the United Methodist Church. It’s the 56th article in this Change Artist series, which highlights people who’ve gone back to school to change careers.

Way back in 2006, the editor asked a few writers to propose subjects. I sent in several, took the first assignment, and have done them ever since, on everyone from a chef, a yoga teacher, and a financial planner to a Foreign Service officer, a firefighter, and even a trapeze artist. Certainly never expected the gig to have more sequels than the James Bond movies — let alone last this long.

Copyright 2011 Ellen M. Ryan. All rights reserved.