Things I learnt after 4 years spent freelancing
I’ve been freelancing for almost 4 years now. There were great moments — I launched an agency, published magazines, did talks and traveled for work. There were dark days too — when I closed the agency, lost money, did jobs I hated for people I couldn’t stand. What have I learnt?
- Do what you really love — learn to say no to projects your heart is not devoted to. “Interesting things happen, when you do interesting things” D. Hieatt
- Create space — if you say yes to work that’s not right for you, it will take up space otherwise filled with projects and opportunities you feel excited about. It’s a simple rule, but hard to follow, especially when your bank account makes you cry. Stick to it, don’t quit on yourself — the ‘big dream job’ is made of the little steps you take— continue building instead.
- See the bigger picture. Ask questions. Look for ‘why’ and know the exact reasons why you’re doing what you’re doing. Stop immediately, if it takes away your focus.
- Listen to your intuition — it’s a true superpower.
- Create your world. Invest in your world.
- Don’t do fast things for money.
- Not sure what you want to do? The only way to figure it out is to try something new.
- Wallow in weirdness; Interesting things happen at the fringes.
My long term plan is to run a Creative Consultancy for Hospitality and continue in publishing. The two things don’t really go together. That’s why it’s so special.
How will I get there?
I don’t know. I don’t have to. What I do know is that I am passionate about the two. As long as I keep true to them, I will be getting closer. As long as I do what interests me, I will stay enthusiastic about life (staying enthusiastic and energetic is the best way to measure personal success).
Things I’d like to try:
work on launching a restaurant
publish another magazine for a brand (OCR, you are wicked for hiring me and I’ll love you forever)
publish a book about family owned restaurants
start a podcast with my friends Annie & Miranda
be a film producer
be a theatre producer
be a radio producer
go traveling on a weird mission, possibly for channel 4.
curate a tent in Wilderness Festival
launch an art gallery