• Rebecca Laidlaw

Ana Rueles - Vegan Writer

Becoming a Vegan Writer: From Film School Student to Fulltime Digital Entrepreneur

Writing has always been a source of comfort for me. There was no question surrounding what I wanted to be when I grew up. I had this strong desire to tell stories. To entertain. To express myself and spread joy and positivity with my written work.

Everyone knew me as the girl who would write stories about ANYTHING when I was growing up. My composition book was my best friend. But as time went on, I realized I had a strong affinity for another artform — film. It was a medium that cleverly combined stories with stunning moving images, and I couldn’t get enough of it.

When I was eighteen, I decided to mix my love of storytelling with my love of television and film by attending one of the top film schools in Texas. I poured my heart and soul into my college admission.

I took every film-making related class while attending community college and regularly volunteered with the Champion Promise Foundation, a non-profit designed to educate women of all likes and backgrounds about their health, spirituality, and self-improvement. It all paid off because I received the admission letter that had been three years in the making. It felt like a dream!

Then came college — which flew by so fast, it felt like a dream. I look at those years fondly, because this was also when I discovered my path towards veganism after coming across slaughterhouse footage. The campus has an animal rights organization that would inform the student body on factory farming, leather production, and cruel animal testing, and I was so proud to be a part of it.

I spent my last semester working in the filmmaking industry for a small pre-production company in Los Angeles. My workdays consisted of reading scripts and talking about movies. It was everything I ever wanted with one caveat. I wasn’t writing.

In fact, writing took a backseat, and this saddened me. I felt like a bodybuilder who had suddenly stopped going to the gym. My creative muscles were deteriorating, and I could feel it. I was so busy analyzing the creative works of others that I neglected working on my own projects.

And so I left. I left the pre-production company and left Los Angeles and came home to Texas to decide on a new gameplan.

After experiencing several negative feelings of fear and self-doubt, I realized I could create my own career path. I wanted something other than my love of fiction to fuel my writing. I wanted to be a voice for the voiceless.

Veganism has always been a major part of my life so naturally, I started my freelance vegan writing business in 2019. It has evolved to become Write This Vegan Life, a blog and content agency created to inform others on the wonders of veganism! I share recipes and content related to sustainable fashion and cruelty-free beauty.

My small online business also provides photo, video, ghostwriting, and blog writing services for vegan and sustainable businesses and individuals.

Creativity is one of the grandest gifts we have as humans, and I try not to take my own sense of creativity for granted. It has helped me spread messages of compassion and positivity — which I now realize is the path I have always been meant to follow.

You can read more of my work on my lifestyle and beauty blog at writethisveganlife.com. You can also book a content consultation with me by visiting the same website. If you wish to learn more, I’m also on Instagram and Pinterest @writethisveganlife.

Career Speed Date:

What was my first job: Cashier at Panera Bread

What am I reading right now: Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater

The advice I would give my younger self: Never stop asking questions. It’s okay not to know everything. This will get you farther in life than cowering away from life’s obstacles. And take what you want from this life and do it fearlessly. Be a force to be reckoned with.

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