“They talk about “creativity” and “earning money” as if it’s a binary, when actually there’s a lot of crossover there. I didn’t grow up with a lot of money, and I knew if I was going to do this for a living I wasn’t gonna burn screenplays to survive in my squatter apartment.”
It’s time to wrap things up with this short series–and what a coincidence, our final installment is about wrapping things up at your freelance gig and taking steps to improve your chances of turning one gig into several.
When you have a public voice, what you say becomes crucial. I have a responsibility not only to the other people I write about, but also to the larger community.
Okay, so now you know how to get a freelance gig—and you got the offer. Congratulations! The next thing you need to know is how to be the best damn freelancer ever, the person who aces the business parts of freelancing as well as the doing-the-work parts of freelancing.
By the time I got back to the apartment, greeted by a smiling baby, it was 11:30 a.m. I’ve been up for five hours, haven’t done a lick of work, and have to feed the baby again at noon.
n+1 has published one of their Editorials with that smooth, authoritative voice that gets me every time. It Tells Us About The World like a maestro conducting an orchestra of discriminating tab-openers, who nod in time with the paragraph breaks. That all-knowingness, so calm on the surface but you know his eye is twitching from all the drafts and redrafts. Copy of copy of copy of August 2014.
Kima Jones is a poet and a writer, but that is only one of her many jobs—she also has a full-time job and a part-time weekend job.