Interview with Lara Witt
Freelance Writer and Editor
This post is part of the Millennial Freelancer’s partnership with the Yard: Midtown Village.
Lara Witt is a freelance writer, senior editor at Wear Your Voice Magazine and viral tweeter based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We talked about pop culture criticism, self-publishing platforms and the importance of a thoughtful pitch. Check out her website and follow her on Twitter to learn more about her work.
When and why did you start freelancing?
It was by accident. I started freelancing shortly after I graduated [college] about two years ago. It was hard for me to find a full-time journalism job here in Philly. I wanted something within a newsroom, and that was hard to find at the time. I had just finished up an internship with the Daily News, but their newsrooms combined [with the Philadelphia Inquirer] and their staff was cut.
The year is 2017 and no, racism hasn't evaporated, it has been inherited. Right about yesterday would have been a great…wearyourvoicemag.com
I decided to make an attempt to build my own platform little by little. I started using self-publishing sites like Medium and Tumblr so I could hone my voice and train myself to be a better writer, not just for news but also using my own perspective so I could eventually sell my pieces.
I've had my ethnicities erased, fetishized or insulted and my bisexuality has been erased, fetishized or insulted…wearyourvoicemag.com
What was your first published piece as a freelance writer?
I got my first boost writing for Guerilla Feminism, but they lost their funding, so I stopped writing there. Freelancing has given me the opportunity to figure out what it is that people want to see from me.
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