Featured Member: Carole Audet, freelance writer & editor

What kind of work do you do/business do you run?

I’m a digital content manager, freelance writer, and nonfiction editor.

What do you love about it?

I love helping purpose-driven entrepreneurs and authors get their messages out to the world.

What’s your ‘why’ in life? What drives you?

Being the person behind the scenes helping purpose-driven entrepreneurs with their online presence.

Being a voice for the voiceless and spreading the word about veganism.

Why are you a member of the Vegan Women’s Leadership Network?

To connect with like-minded women and explore potential collaborations.

What’s been the biggest highlight or ‘wow’ moment of your career/business/professional life?

I can’t point to one moment—it’s every time I was hired to work in the field in which I retrained: staff editor, by authors and publishers, and most recently as editor of Canadian Vegan Magazine.

How do you handle failures, fear and disappointment?

I pick myself up, brush myself off, and continue on. When necessary, I actively seek solutions and reach out for help and advice from others.

What would you tell your 16-year-old self?

Be self-aware, committed to what you believe in, and authentically you.

Which women inspire you and why?

Tabitha Brown because she shares the vegan message in a fun and unique way, always making me laugh. Any woman that puts herself out there as an activist for animals—at slaughterhouses, live animal transport companies, etc.

What’s been the biggest obstacle you’ve faced and how has it helped mould who you are now?

I don’t have a university degree, so I’ve often had to work harder than others to prove that I am capable, but it’s also meant that I’ve been passed over many times for jobs and promotions.

Being in the challenging position of limited career advancement led me to return to school at 39; I went on to graduate at the top of my class from a journalism/photojournalism program offered through a private institution.

That program provided the foundation to branch out on my own as a freelance writer and editor.

What’s your super-power? What are you amazing at?

Getting people to open up to me with ease, such as when I’m interviewing for story. I’m empathetic, a great listener and I’m genuinely interested in others.

What brings you joy?

Animals, nature, travelling and experiencing other cultures.

How do you define success, and how will you know when you’ve achieved it?

When I have a full client load and I’m working 30-35 billable hours per week, and when I’m able to take a month off each year to travel, attend live events, advocate for animals in some way, and advance the vegan movement.

What’s your vision for yourself and your business/career for the future?

A full freelance business, working from a co-working space—at least part-time, meeting like-minded people through the work I do, being recognized as a leader in my field, being called upon to help advance the vegan movement.

Anything else you want to tell us?

I’m a cat mom to a high maintenance vegan cat named Abbi.

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