I recognize that fridge... because it is in my apartment. (Which has a bathroom sink but does not have a kitchen sink, because WHATEVER.) I solved the problem by cranking up the little dial to MAX, which not only freezes ice cream in the chiller, but also freezes anything placed near the right-hand side of the refrigerator, which I believe is where the chilling mechanism is stored. Win-win? Also: how come so many of us have these awful appliances?
I love that the article headline reads "Life as a Voice-Over Artist is Really Just a Constant Hustle." The fact that we are still surprised that *every* job is a constant hustle astonishes me. :)
@AfterBerlin I keep about a 9-hour workday, which includes researching, writing, pitching, marketing, and staying connected on social media. (I mean, who am I kidding, I'm "on social media" every hour I'm not sleeping.) I keep weekends free, for the most part. Each piece I write is approximately 700 words long, which means that some are 100 and some are 1,500, but most of them hit the 600-800 range. I try to write 5,000 words/day or complete $150 worth of pieces, whichever comes first. Lately I've gotten some raises and bigger clients so my word count has gone down and my earnings have gone up. I am a very fast typist. :)
YAY CINDY! Kickstarter is awesome and you are the best. Also: I got my terminal degree out of sheer desire to beat the final boss. I did not want there to be a level of education out there that I had not completed. :) (I mean, it could have been a cool ice level or something.)
@L Crumbs Undergrad degree in music, emphasis in composition, from Miami University. MFA in theatre directing from Illinois State.
@mf See Mike's note above re: how The Billfold pays writers. Re: transparency: I will always share how much I earn (gross) and how many pieces I write. That's a good piece of data because it tells you how much actual work you have to generate to make a living. But I won't say what I earn for individual pieces. Not because The Billfold asked me not to (they didn't say anything either way), but because other clients do ask me to keep that information confidential and so it's a good policy across the board.
@highjump My contracts and payment rates remain the purview of myself and my editors. However, there is loads of info about writing pay rates at http://whopays.scratchmag.net/.
@Lily Rowan Crowdsource, Demand Media, Textbroker, Writer's Domain, ODesk, Mechanical Turk. I do not write for all of these, but I do write for some of them. :)
@questingbeast first of all, OMG I GET THAT REFERENCE. Second of all: A good content site will say up front how much you'll make and when you'll get paid. It'll have a clear, visible process through which you can communicate with site staff and share concerns. It will usually have a standardized test for you to take as part of your application. I got started by taking the tests at Write.com (which is part of the company Crowdsource). It's a good content site that pays a reasonable entry-level rate. I earned freelancing money exclusively from Crowdsource for about four months, and then was able to use that experience to expand my client base.
@rhinoceranita I am not doing the "separate savings account" thing for quarterly taxes, although I should. I just pay them out of my checking account every three months.