Ann Friedman is a freelance journalist who writes about gender, media, technology, and culture. She writes a weekly column at NYmag.com and contributes regularly to The Los Angeles Times, ELLE, and The Guardian. She also co-hosts the popular podcast Call Your Girlfriend. I first came across Ann's work through her newsletter and admired her wittiness, and intelligent writing. She's spent the last three years crafting her ideal role, and I was so excited to learn more about how she fell into being self-employed and how she continues to hustle to do the work she loves. I took a lot away from our conversation and know you will too.
Tell me a bit about what you’re working on right now?
If I have one overarching role it's as CEO of the corporation I've made to oversee all of the stuff that I do. There are two things that, financially and in terms of my time, are guiding my weeks right now. One is my column in New York Magazine which I've done for three and a half years now. It's a weekly column, although I do skip the occasional week. It’s about politics, gender and culture which is, as you may have noticed, three fairly broad topics, so I have a lot of leeway to figure out what I want to write about.
The other thing that is taking up a lot of my time, is the podcast that I do with two friends, called Call Your Girlfriend. We're just at the stage where we're starting to sell ads against it, we're launching a newsletter related to it, and starting to plan more live events. At this time last year it was something that I was doing but wasn't so much a part of my working day.
I'm also working on my own email newsletter, which I started a monetization scheme for towards the end of last year and I'm kind of fine tuning that. In addition, I'm working on some freelance profiles for some magazines in the UK right now.
Those are the four big things: my New York column, the podcast, my newsletter and these freelance profiles are the main stuff I’ve got going on right now.