Freelancing can be lonely, tough, and uncertain, but it has brought me to some beautiful places. I sort of fell into freelancing on accident in 2015, but since then, I’ve embraced it and gone along for the ride.
(Side note: Every time I say I’m a freelancer, I always feel like I’m going to say “I’m a freemason” on accident.
DOUBLE side note: Apparently in the house I grew up in, they used to have Freemason meetings in the basement, whaaaaa? My mom told me that the other day. We were talking about how there used to be a cool bar in the basement, but we knocked it down when we remodeled the basement *tear*. I had some pretty awesome Fisher-Price-esque restaurants down there as a little tot.)
1. Salt Lake City, Utah
OKAY, back to the story, guys and gals. I recently went to Utah with my really good friend/college roommate/fellow Hapa Emily, and it was BEAUTIFUL! I’ve never been to Utah and I haven’t left the Midwest in a while, so it was a breath of fresh air (literally—the air felt so clean there. It was also really dry. And I ended up getting a really bad cold. But that is beside the point). Emily had a work trip there, so I tagged along and worked remotely during the day.
2. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
My other really good friend Jacky lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and I’ve visited her a few times there. I recently visited her during the Wisconsin State Fair, and it was a BLAST, guys.
Since I just need a computer, Wi-Fi, and my noggin to get work done, I was able to head over there during a weekday and work (again) remotely while she worked at the lab (she's a science person) during the day. Again, sounds lame and lonely, but it worked out really well, and once she was done working, we were able to PARTAY (in other words, go to Michaels and buy Halloween crafts in August).
3. Cleveland, Ohio
Cue in the Cleveland jokes. What? Cleveland is on this list? Of course it is! My older sister Kathleen lives in Cleveland, and so I’m always going there to hang out with (or bother) her. I’m always posting photos of Cleveland and raving about it—my sister joked that people are probably like, “Why doesn’t she just move there? It’s pretty affordable.”
Anyways, when I visit, I usually work remotely at her apartment. And since I'm there, I’m able to give her dog Kuma walks during the day! It works out for everyone.
Here’s a montage of Kuma photos from my recent trip there in May:
Freelancing has also brought me to some really awesome people. In 2015, I cold-emailed Amelia Street Studio, a three-sister creative agency in Chicago, after I stumbled upon their children’s book Arlo the Blue, Blue Whale. I wanted to see if they were hiring and needed any editorial help. It led to me being their freelance production assistant/intern, and I learned the ins and outs of marketing, video production, web design, etc. I also helped out with their awesome documentary Head to Head. Through Katy, I’ve connected with some amazing, talented people, like Rebecca Martin of Cinema Femme magazine. I’ve been working with Cinema Femme on their inaugural issue, launch party, and Kickstarter, and it’s been a fun, inspiring experience.
There’s definitely pros and cons of freelancing, but for me, the pros outweigh the cons. It’s connected me with some amazing people and brought me to awesome places (I need to think of some new alternatives to "awesome" and "amazing." "Stellar" people? Nope, sounds weird.) I’m excited what the future holds in 2019!