freelancers who bring me in for freelance know that I don’t want to – so they don’t even try
to offer me full-time work. Sheryl reminisces:
I remember there was this one freelancer named Bobbi Kaplan and the woman
always worked. We always hired her. She was great. I thought I’d like to be her
one day. She always had work no matter what was happening in the economy.
She was always busy and nice (LAUGH). . .I’ve become her kind of. . .
Sheryl consciously chose this path as a form of self-preservation. It gives individuals a
greater sense of control over the choice or projects and coworkers.
Laura Paglin (Documentarian): Storytelling – Revealing the Invisible
For Laura, the greatest joy is telling stories that would not normally get told, “Showing the
world something they wouldn’t normally see. Exposing a problem – sharing a character
from a different walk of life,” like meeting the legendary Cleveland councilwoman Fannie
Lewis in her documentary No Umbrella: Election Day in the City
Steven Tatar (Designer, Creative Director and Entrepreneur): Embracing A
For Steven, freelance is about having access to a kindred, independent creative community
It’s about the benefit – emotional, the profession, and sometimes even financial as
a reflection of oneself. It’s about the creative process – the noise in your head – not
between you and yourself – but amongst people who resonate with me is the single
most important element.
Kate Farrell (Executive Producer): Geography, Relationship, Money and
Kate Farrell describes the factors she considers essential to freelance which include
geography, relationship, money and interest:
When you freelance, you actually have a choice about what you will work on. Sure,
you worry about money but if the subject really doesn’t interest you, you don’t have