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Today we have the pleasure to welcome Katia Bovani, editor and ghostwriter.
Katia was a lawyer, specialized in commercial contracts and company law.
She managed to make her new profession germinate by nourishing her passion, choosing to see the opportunities that life offered her, even when the difficulties were more obvious to be seen.
I met Katia on LinkedIn and I am grateful for the feeling of friendship and mutual respect that now bind us.
Katia is for me continuous inspiration, linguistic and human care.
Katia brings with her (and gives) that knowledge fueled by curiosity and effort, passion and work. She could speak from the podium, but she doesn’t do it by choice.
Thanks Katia, for this interview and for this sentence “If you look inside yourself and you don’t see anything, that’s the time to begin your journey, because you are full of space: just carefully choose a good teacher.”
Enjoy the reading!
Would you like to start with something about you? A phrase, a color, a game …
More than a sentence, mine is a quote from a Carmen Sosa song:
“Only le pido a Dios que el dolor non me sea indifidenza, que la reseca muerte no me encuentre vacia y sola sin haber echo lo suficiente”.
The color is… all shades from blue to light green.
The game is Canasta
What job do you do?
I am an editor, ghostwriter and writer coach
How does the phrase, the color, the game … that speaks about you connect with your professional activity?
On a conscious level I don’t know.
Or rather, the color indicates my way of living my work, the phrase refers more to the lifestyle that chose me (because it wasn’t me who chose it)
Is it something that has always been like this or has it become so over time? Would you like to tell your professional story through the passages that you consider most significant?
In fact, the quote that I have indicated is more about the profession I have previously held than the current one.
I was a lawyer specializing in commercial contracts and company law.
After almost ten years as a profession in my city, life took me to Catania where I also practiced pro bono in some neighborhoods with a Mafia density. Moreover, given the never specialization, I was able to touch firsthand what it means to be a lawyer in some human realities with a very strong emotional impact both for those involved and for the defender.
Then, many years later, life once again took its paw and – not after an important inner struggle – I chose to return to Tuscany to my parents who were dealing with terminality: one from cancer, the other from Alzhemeir. I knew that returning “home” I would die professionally.
And there, the inspiration: for my delight – since I had never abandoned the study of classical letters and language – I had always enjoyed either editing the texts of some of my friends who had embarked on a career different from mine or being their ghostwriter.
I had professionalized myself on a cognitive and didactic level and, then, I thought of turning this passion into a job.
Here’s how I went from lawyer to editor.
What made you go from one stage to another? What motivations prompted you? What / who supported you? What / who guided you?
I have already answered on the reasons. The four important people in my life supported me: my partner Andrea, my sister Luisa and the latter’s daughter who, capable of kinship, would be my niece, but for me she is a younger sister that I adore, Claudia.
Finally – and I am talking about it basically because, for me, it represents a very special affection – the person who believed in me even before I believed it, Prof. Alessandro Bertirotti founder of Anthropology of the Mind and professor of Psychology for Drawing at the Department of Architecture and Design of the University of Genoa. We have known each other for many years and our relationship has been consolidating like that of two reciprocal alter egos
How important is it to be clear about the goal you want to reach? And how important is it to have in mind the imprint you want to leave in the world?
Both are condiciones sine qua it would make no sense to live
Does the market / sector make a difference in your work? Does the company you work in make a difference? Are there any specific soft / hard skills? And what are the skills you always need to have to do a job like yours?
Personally I work alone in the sense that I have no partners or depend on an employer.
I believe that, yes, the sector can make a difference, but up to a certain point. I dedicate myself above all to argumentative writing, but I also work in the creative one. In the latter sector, competition is very strong. In the long run, what brings out is the technical competence mixed with the authority that the professional has cultivated over time. I would say that the latter element makes the difference in the market.
The incidence of soft skills is the same as that of hard skills: knowing how to communicate effectively is as important as the knowledge of language tools.
What does it mean to you to be successful?
“Success” is the past participle of the verb “to happen”. So … to be “successful” in the common sense of the term, you need to have made well-defined and convinced basic choices at the beginning of your career
In addition to skills, what does it take to be successful?
Listening skills which means giving up a share of our selfishness to let the selfishness of others speak.
Spirit of observation that does not mean meddling with other people’s things, but refine the sensitivity towards the displacement of air that a fly causes when it passes by
How do you see the failure, the error?
I see it as a phase in which two glasses have to be used.
Those of the moment in which we fail and which only show us the destruction of our world. In my opinion it is important to feel all that destruction and be absorbed by her. Then, like any event, it too has its own half-life, after which you have to quickly put on your “next day” lenses. They show us that all that pain did not make us die physically and, then, the choice is obligatory: to go on.
And since you cannot go on repeating the mistake, here comes – alone – the time of hoarding.
Have you ever seen you close doors on your way? To “fall”? What did you do?
I saw many doors close in front of my nose when I was a lawyer and I also fell.
What did I do… I did this. I wanted to sink into this experience and hit its bottom because only by getting to the bottom, then the push brought me back up
What doubts did you have and what moments of epiphany? What did you do with it?
In moments of failure I immediately doubted myself without focusing on anything else and it was there that I let myself be overwhelmed by failure.
Then the right person always came at the right time or the right intuition that coincided with what I called “push up”
What did you understand about yourself in your path? What have you learned?
I understood that we did not live fully if we did not put ourselves at the service of life.
Those who were lucky enough to be born in a place on Earth where there are no dictatorships or wars, from a family that welcomed them like a gem, were able to school and reach a considerable cultural level, here … those who have experienced all this (and I lived it) can only be grateful to the Universe or to the God he believes in. Being grateful is not just saying “thank you”. It is of little use.
Personally, I thank in the way that Paul of Tarsus indicated to us in his first letter to the Corinthians.
Is there anyone who was particularly close to you in critical moments? In the bigger choices?
Yes. As long as they were alive, my parents.
Since they passed away, my partner and Alessandro Bertirotti.
What motivates you, what keeps your energy high?
The thought of “tomorrow”
What relationship do you have with fatigue?
A predictive report. If I don’t feel fatigue it means that what I do won’t be much
How important is studying for you in your professional success? And what kind of study? Universities, specialized courses … anything else?
A lot, the study is everything.
But not necessarily the university one.
The important thing is to choose a sector and then study, study everything that is possible and, if possible, become professional in that sector
And the relationship with other people?
And the experience in the field?
Would you like to summarize what happens in your typical day? Activities you do, people you meet …
My typical day when I don’t have to meet someone goes like this: I go to bed very early and, therefore, I get up early. Breakfast, personal cleaning and then half an hour of prayer.
Then I face the work that is divided by dedicating “x” time to each of the works that I have in progress at that moment and “x” time to study.
I must never miss studying. I insert an interval between 14 and 15 to rest and then off again until 19.
At that point, if I am in adequate physical condition, I do some movement and, if this is not possible, I dedicate myself to reading.
One important thing: if the world falls, during the day I always want to find time to be available to those who may need me.
What other work steps do you see from here on out? If you feel like sharing, are they connected in any way to life goals?
I see the beginning, in 2022, of my argumentative writing courses because I want to transfer the method I developed for this writing
What do you bring and what do you receive in your work?
I carry myself, as I am.
I receive the lives of others manifesting in their writing
What makes you feel really satisfied?
Be in balance
What talents must a person have, discover and train to be a valuable professional in your field? I mean both young people at the beginning of their career as well adults who want to reposition themselves.
A young person must focus a lot on the advantages of youth and, therefore, educate himself to the fullest in the field of what interests him: if the latter concerns scientific subjects, he must attend a good school or a good creative or argumentative writing coach, or else gain editorial experience.
But, above all, studying, studying and reading not only what interests him: it must be borne in mind that the basis of my work is an excellent property of language, and solid linguistic knowledge.
Mutatis mutatis I also recommend the same thing to adults who want to reposition themselves, but with a clarification: to be in the mood of openness to the new and face the path only if strongly motivated because “repositioning” sometimes means making a cognitive twist of some importance.
What attitude towards lifelong education?
What do you think should avoid doing?
Fossilize on one’s own beliefs. You need to be able to accept the views of others, know how to admit the mistake, say “thank you” and know how to ask “sorry”
In your opinion, is there a time when it is too late to change direction to follow your dream?
A phrase that you want to give to those who follow us
If you search within yourself and see nothing, that is the time to begin your journey, because you are full of space: just take care to choose a good teacher.
The words you read are from Katia.
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