A slight misunderstanding lead Calum Ross to his career in journalism.
After graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 2009, Calum started a post-graduate enterprise course at Central Saint Martins, London. To cover the cost of his weekly commute from Edinburgh to London, Calum gained a placement in the Saint Martins Innovation Centre.
It was here where the misunderstanding happened...
When asked about his interests and career goals, Calum told the Innovation Centre director that he would love to work in editorial (meaning editorial design and magazine layout) which was interpreted as writing. Days later, Calum was put in charge of the university's immersion blog and Calum the writer was born.
From there, Calum began blogging and writing for Jotta, Amelia's Magazine, EveryCreative, PSFK, Halo and Arts Thread.
Not wanting to let his degree in visual communication go to waste, Calum also did some freelance design work and spent a year in Budapest working as a graphic designer.
Life in Budapest taught Calum how to cook, how to clean and - most importantly - that you should always bring your passport with you on eight hour train journeys to non-EU countries.
Feeling a little homesick, he decided to hop on a plane back to the UK and within weeks of touching down in London he got a little phone call from Tris Reid-Smith asking if he wanted to come and write for Gay Star News.