Tod Kelly - Writer
"I don't believe in 'paying your dues' - I believe in practice and good work. And if you enjoy what you're doing, then it shouldn't feel like 'dues'."
Though he's flown all over the country to write features for magazines, Tod was working as a risk consultant not too long ago, with zero to little professional experience as a writer. In terms of 'dues', at least in the traditional sense, Tod hasn't paid much of them.
His story really starts as he was driving to a meeting in Eugene. A song came on his iPod, one he was familiar with but didn't know was on there. In short, the message was so personal and powerful that he turned the car around and didn't go back to his job.
The rest has flowed from there.
You can read Tod's work here.