When I was in sixth grade, one of my teachers, Mrs. McNamara, wrote in my yearbook: “One day we will all hear of a famous writer–YOU!” I had NO idea she thought I was talented and I have clung to those words ever since. I spent most of my high school years writing really bad love poetry but I knew one day I’d write for a living. I tried my hand in acting and hosted an international television show covering the fashion world. It was in Spanish and considering I didn’t speak the language–I usually looked like a deer caught in headlights. My first on camera interview was with Carolina Herrera and she was so gracious and elegant even though I was flubbing lines I knew–but couldn’t pronounce! I did some work for MTV, appeared in various commercials and music videos–even worked as an “extra” in a few feature films. (Hey, that’s my foot in that scene!) Oh, and I was once in the running for a contract role on a popular soap opera. Lost the role, but got something far better: all my children. Two and counting….
“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.” Poet, Rumi wrote that and ever since I read it, I realized how important it is to be bewildered by everything around me. That’s what drives me to write. I find myself fascinated by new things everyday. They say: “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”. So there–I don’t work. Ever. (Thanks Mrs. McNamara!) And I do put my heart and soul in everything I write.
Check out what some of my editors have to say:
“Janene Mascarella is one of my go-to writers thanks to an intelligence and creativity matched only by her enthusiasm and diligence. The editorial firm I manage services quite a diverse array of clientele — from senior living and personal finance to education and women’s lifestyle — and I have worked with Janene on a variety of assignments in support of those efforts. She is a versatile writer that has the ability to capture and relay resources in an entertaining, informative manner. Better yet, she thrives on deadlines and is always willing to go the extra mile when it’s required.”Gina LaGuardia
“Janene is an editor’s dream— full of quirky ideas, speed, plucky, funny and fabulous to work with. Copy is clean, thorough and on time. Such a treat!”
Associate Health & Nutrition Editor
“I think you did a phenomenal job on this. Thanks”
Senior Articles Editor
“Janene has been an absolute pleasure to work with! Her creativity is irreplaceable and her unique skills have helped us create a regular column unlike anything our competitors have. Her timeliness, patience, efficiency and abilities have made her an asset to our publication. One of the easiest freelancers I have ever worked with, Janene is a gem to our magazine and industry. I highly recommend her to any editor!”