Marymount alumna Kamala Kirk ’08 is a writer and editor in the entertainment industry working at E! Entertainment covering shows on the network. In addition, Kamala works as a freelance travel/lifestyle writer and digital editor for six different magazines and mentors students following in the similar career path.
Kamala recalls one of her favorite Marymount memories in the Creative Writing class with Professor Patrick McMahon instructing the class outside and giving students the opportunity to share stories while enjoying the view of the ocean.
Kamala describes the entire faculty and staff as invaluable during her time at Marymount. “Professors who stood out were Greg Levonian, my incredible English Lit teacher who introduced me to many great books, Patrick McMahon who kept us engaged with a series of fun and out-of-the-box creative writing assignments, Joe Cuseo and his hilarious antics (never a dull moment in his class), and of course, my dedicated and supportive guidance counselor, Patrick Webster, who encouraged me to apply to USC despite all odds, which is where I was ultimately accepted.” Kamala later graduated from the USC School of Communications & Journalism.
Kamala’s plans for 2015 include continuing to build her career as a writer and further develop writing skills and abilities while continuing to be published in more magazines. As for plans for the future, Kamala hopes to become Senior Editor/ Executive Editor for a well-known magazine and work to develop creative content to engage readers in addition to managing a team of editors and writers. Kamala also recently created a TV series with her writing partner and is in process of pitching it to networks. If all goes well, Kamala hopes to have sold the series to a major network such as HBO, Showtime, or FX in the future.
When asked what advice she would give to students looking to pursue a similar career path, Kamala says to start writing now! “The earlier you start the better. It will give you a chance to harness and develop your skills as a writer while building a portfolio for yourself. Once you have writing samples under your belt, it will make it that much easier to break into the industry and make it as a full-time/freelance writer. Anything is possible. And don’t listen to what others say about your writing. If you like it, continue to develop your own unique voice. It’s what will make you stand out from the others in the end.”