Living Proof: Peter Fogel Reveals How Copywriting and Acting Can Combine for a Profitable Career

Katie Yeakle here, back to share with you how a big dream can help you move forward toward the writer’s life you want.

For Steve Coombes, what moved him forward was the dream of being able to spend more time with his family. For Pat McCord, who you read about yesterday, it was being able to write and publish fiction.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to Peter Fogel …

Peter’s big dream has always been a career in comedy.

Starting in the late 1970s as a stand-up comic, Peter’s spent most of his life on the stage. During the comedy boom of the 1980s and 1990s, his career flourished … but then things tapered off.

Was his comedy career over? Others might have said so. But not Peter …

Facing 40, he just knew he needed more options – and more income. And, he didn’t want to leave the comedy world behind. So instead, he found a way – copywriting – that he could make the income he needed and live his dream life on stage on his own terms.

Here’s how it’s working for him now:

By combining his skills from each of his creative strengths, Peter’s been able to build the life he wanted. And you can, too.

Consider your personal strengths. Are you a creative performer, like Peter? A gifted accountant? A pro-level knitter, gardener, or chef? What do you do well that makes you happy?

Now, think about how your existing talents could be combined with copywriting. How would adding persuasive writing skills open more doors for you?

Share your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to hear what talents you’ll combine with copywriting in the future!

Then, stay tuned for tomorrow’s issue. You’ll see how combining a love for the outdoors with a love for persuasive writing has added up to a better life for one former corporate warrior.

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Published: July 8, 2015

8 Responses to “Living Proof: Peter Fogel Reveals How Copywriting and Acting Can Combine for a Profitable Career”

  1. I was 11 years old when I read "Little Women." I immediately decided I wanted to be a writer, too. I even wrote a few stories and poems. And then I grew up, got a couple rejection letters and thought it was all a pipe dream. Recently I read an ad about The Barefoot Writer and it got me fired up on my "pipe dream" again!

    It was around that same age, 11, when I won a packet of flower seeds at a school carnival. The seeds bloomed along with a new love of gardening!

    Check out www dot thenannygoatonline dot com and watch it grow with the help of Nick Usborn over the next eight weeks!

    DebyL51July 8, 2015 at 2:11 pm

  2. Hi, Name Is AshleyHudson, From BatonRouge, La. I'am a songwriter,Author, upcoming filmmaker.

    Guest (AshleyHudson)July 8, 2015 at 3:39 pm

  3. Hi Katie, I'm combining my love of spa, and my love of business to write for the spa industry. Owning my own spa, and a life in sales, has taught me that the one thing all spas need to succeed is a healthy acquisition funnel and customer retention strategy, so that is my focus as I launch my new copywriting business, Spa Copy.
    Susie Kuse, Atlanta, GA

    Guest (Susie Kuse)July 8, 2015 at 3:39 pm

  4. Hello Katie, As you know I am just new to this writing business.
    I feel like a BABY comparing to these experienced members.
    My hobbies includes:1/ writing music and lyric I wrote 22 songs . They all get copyright.
    2/ play piano
    3/ play tennis
    4/ exercise in the health club 5/ meditation I do not know how to combine these into my copywriting.I need to follow the leaders.God Bless

    jennieJuly 8, 2015 at 4:52 pm

  5. actually,I am a student....I would like to write poems,essays,and many things,its my hobby...but i dont have any ideas about copy writing deeply...but from AWAI and through other social medias i foundout the matter that if we have interest and ideas means we can write and make the writing more enjoyable way that for someone needs our help.and I have a need of money,that i want to spent for my study purposee,without being a burden for my family.....in an independent way.I have more interest in writing lyrics,stories, and related topics of nature,flowers,rivers,birds,raining more and more thins,matters etc.rather than it is my passion.while seeing above notes,I thought to simply share my feelings and I want to help with my abilities.....

    Guest (adheena)July 8, 2015 at 11:34 pm

  6. Greetings to all, I am sitting here at my computer in tears. Tears of frustration, anger and more frustration. I need a coach badly. I don't have the funds for one. I am stuck. I want to go forward but.. I am good at cleaning, cooking quick meals, baking non yeast breads. I love, love writing. I need a coach to guide me to the next level. Please someone talk to me. Thank you

    Aunti ViJuly 9, 2015 at 6:09 pm

  7. I enjoy all kinds of arts and crafts. I am also a homeopath and like gardening. I'm wouldn't consider myself really good at any of it. Friends have complimented my creations a time or two. But I haven't figured out how to bring it all in with copywriting yet.

    Sarah FJuly 10, 2015 at 7:16 pm

  8. Hi Aunti Vi,

    There is an old Chinese saying, "be not afraid of moving slowly, rather, be afraid of standing still." Yes, I'm paraphrasing :-)--but you are by definition not standing still.

    Sometimes the best coaches are the very fellows we find around us, who although struggling as we are, find ways and the means to move on, to make it past current challenges, whatever those may be, even if it is simply continuing to put one foot in front of the other with faith and fortitude.

    Keep going!

    Working MikeJuly 14, 2015 at 11:24 am


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