Interview with Cameron Kelsall

Freelance Writer

This post is part of the Millennial Freelancer’s partnership with the Yard: Midtown Village.

Photo by Danielle Corcione

Cameron Kelsall is a freelance writer based in Haddon Township, New Jersey. We talked about knowing when to speak up, the competitive job market for cultural critics, and reminding publications to always pay their staff writers. Check out his portfolio and follow him on Twitter to learn more about his work.

When and why did you start freelancing?

I started freelancing eight years ago, when I was still in college. I’d written for both my high school and college newspapers and felt like I had something to say, so I decided to put out some feelers. A couple of my pitches got accepted, and that lit the fire that’s still going today. My freelancing has ebbed and flowed over the years — at different points when I was in grad school or working a full-time job, I just didn’t have the time or the desire. But for the last two years or so, it’s been full speed ahead.

What do you enjoy about freelancing?

I like that I’m able to develop my own stories. I can focus on the issues that are important to me as a writer. I’ve never had a full-time job writing about what I “love” to write about. I enjoy writing about arts, theater, and music. It’s difficult to find a full-time job. It was difficult ten years ago; it’s even more difficult now. I’ve found that as those jobs dwindle, freelance work picks up. It’s been a windfall for freelancers. It’s been great to gain experience and put together a portfolio of writing I’m proud of.

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