Becky Wright; Toronto;
Let’s say we’ve just met at a cocktail party. How would you describe, in a nutshell, what you do?
I create and produce content for my DIY based company, The Sorry Girls, with my best friend, Kelsey MacDermaid. We’re mainly on YouTube, with full-length instructional tutorials on all things fun and trendy, from fashion to the home, but we play with content on all social media platforms.
Where did you go to school and what did you study?
I went to Humber College and graduated with a degree in film and media production.
What was your first paying gig out of school? (In your field, or not.)
I worked on a Christmas-themed feature film as props manager.
What was your BIG break? How did you land it?
Creating our first “makeover” video. We transformed Kelsey’s bedroom and filmed the entire process. It was one of the first times we had experimented with a more TV show-inspired format and it was met with huge success and amazing feedback. From then on we’ve been incorporating makeover-based series and our channel has continued to grow. And grow and grow.
Describe the moment in which you first realized, I think this is actually going to work out?
I had always considered YouTube a fun hobby, rather than a career, until one day, right before going full-time, I realized I could make just as much money as I would at a basic, fresh-out-of-school, full-time job. YouTube then became an exciting prospect and I haven’t looked back since.
What would you say has been your biggest failure or shortcoming, career-wise, to date? How did you bounce back?
I’d say my biggest shortcoming was doubting myself, and holding off from going full-time with it for a while. It’s always scary putting all of you in to one thing that may not pay off in the long run, but once I was able to fully devote myself to the project, things only got better and better.
Name one piece of career advice you always give.
Stay true to yourself and have a unique voice. People are really quick to pick up on insincere content or a -cutter copy of an already successful person or thing.
What’s the worst career advice you’ve ever gotten?
“Love what you do and the money will come.” You can spend your whole life creating content for yourself but at some point it comes down to having some business and marketing sensibilities for you to really see a return.
Did you deal with barriers in your field because you are a woman? If so, what were they?
YES. Working as a woman in the power tools, build-it-yourself, traditionally male industry means that we’re often not taken seriously as masters of our craft. We’re expected to create things out of popsicle sticks and glue and leave power tools to the men. We’re actually just about to release a show where we teach everyone to use power tools, and we love flipping that expectation on its head.
Are you making a fair income for your work? Why or why not? Do you have a side hustle for extra cash? If so, what is it?
It’s hard to say, as my career is so unique. What I can say is that I’m able to live a comfortable and rewarding life from what I do. This is my full-time job and I don’t need side hustles to subsidize that.
What’s the worst stereotype you’ve heard about millennials at work?
“Millennials are ungrateful for what we have and that we don’t work as hard as previous generations.” Talking to my friends, it seems that competition in the workplace seems especially tough. But I know I’ve worked very hard to get where I am, first in school, then at work, and now as my own boss, and I’m grateful for every opportunity and milestone I strive for and achieve.