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A podcast about freelancers who are making it work.




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Writer Contracts & Asking For More On Principle With Doree Shafrir

This week, I talk to Doree Shafrir, a fellow writer, editor, and podcast host, and author of the novel Startup. Doree co-hosts Matt & Doree’s Eggcellent Adventure and the Forever35 podcast, and I’ve been such a huge fan of her podcasts, so I was excited to talk to her. Doree’s had a really interesting path that’s involved two master’s degrees; freelancing during the recession; working on staff at places like Buzzfeed, Gawker, and Rolling Stone; writing a novel; and launching not one, but...


Making It As A Photographer With No Connections Or Money With Frankie Marin

This week, I talk to Frankie Marin, a photographer who shoots for major brands like Kenneth Cole, Levis, and Rebecca Minkoff. We’ve actually been friends since college when he hired me to be a copy editor for our college newspaper The Daily Texan. If you’re not familiar with his work, I suggest you open up Instagram, like right now, and see for yourself how talented he is. (Frankie also very kindly took my headshot for the For Hire website.) What a lot of people don’t know about Frankie is...


Drawing The Line Between Free Labor & Marketing With Minaa B

This week, I talk to Minaa B. She’s a licensed social worker, creative expressive coach, and author of the book Rivers Are Coming, a collection of essays and poems about healing from emotional trauma. You might know her for her Instagram account or her newsletter, but she’s just an incredible resource for therapy and mental health, and she’s helping to redefine what it means to use your degree in social work today. We talked a lot about what it’s like to put herself out there on Instagram as...


"How To Freelance With Small Brands & The Power Of “No, But…” With Emily Schildt "

On today’s show, I talk to Emily Schildt, a brand communications and marketing consultant based in New York City. If you’re looking for news you can use, this episode is beyond inspiring and useful for anyone considering doing any sort of brand consulting. Emily is one of the most organized, disciplined humans I’ve ever met. She’s on top of her finances, her daily routine, and her client protocol, and somehow, she makes time for multiple large-scale passion projects on the side. On top of...


How To Pivot From Freelancing To Your *Dream* Staff Job With Sean Santiago

On today’s show, I talk to Sean Santiago. Funny story: When I asked him to be on the show, he had been a freelance art director and creative consultant, and had worked with companies like Converse, Target, Architectural Digest and Refinery29 (though we actually didn’t cross paths at Refinery29). He’s also the founder of Cakeboy, an independent LGBTQ+ zine. But, by the time we were able to sit down for this interview, he had JUST started his first staff job in three years, like that week. So,...


Being A One-Person Show & Creative Consulting With Casey Zhang

On today’s show, I talk to creative consultant Casey Zhang. I had been casually social media-stalking Casey for a few months before I reached out, so I already knew how talented she is and what a great eye she has before I arrived at her dreamily minimalist apartment. She got her start on staff at brands like Urban Outfitters, Etsy, and Glossier, and now she mostly works with small independent brands like Peet Rivko and some larger brands like Blue Bottle. She does everything from social...


The Vulnerability Of Freelancing & Saying "No" To Ketchup With Alison Roman

On today’s show, I talk to Alison Roman. She’s a cook, NYTimes columnist, contributor to Bon Appétit, and author of Dining In. If you don’t know her name, you probably know her Salted Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies—otherwise known as “the cookies.” That recipe went viral last year, and just before we recorded, Alison had another recipe that was basically everywhere: her chickpea stew, a.k.a. “the stew,” which I definitely made and ate for lunch on the days leading up to our interview....


Payment Plans With The IRS & A Buzzfeed "Blood Feud" With Akilah Hughes

This week, I was lucky enough to talk to Akilah Hughes, the funny, smart human that some of you might know from YouTube or Twitter or any of her various TV appearances. She was so honest about money and the nobility of asking for it—which is definitely something I struggle with—so it was awesome to hear how she psyches herself up to get the money she deserves. Other stuff we talked about: -The importance of mentors/champions (Akilah happens to be mentored by John Green—yes, The Fault In Our...


Book Advances & Asking "Stupid" Questions With Kelsey Miller

This week, I talked to Kelsey Miller, a writer, editor, and speaker based in Brooklyn. She’s the author of the new book I’ll Be There For You, a fascinating historical deep dive on the show “Friends.” She also launched the Anti-Diet Project at Refinery29 and subsequently wrote a memoir, Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting & Got A Life. She’s written for publications like Glamour, Vulture, Cup of Jo, and Entertainment Weekly, and on the show she talks about: -Fighting the urge to say yes to...