presents us with an image of a relational being who not only focuses on her relationship
with her co-workers but also who is also mindful of how her co-workers are also relationally
Learning to Trust Your Intuition
“You have to trust your gut when it comes to being a good freelancer. When your gut has
a warning signal, you have to listen. This woman that we hired to do the post-production
supervisor job, I had a feeling she wasn’t right. I didn’t have a lot of time to make the
decision. She was slow moving. I had a lot of work to do and we hired her. Everything I
asked her to do she said, NO. There was always an excuse. They were all within her job
description. Finally I asked to see her job description and I reviewed the tasks with her and
finally she just said, ‘I don’t think this is going to work out.’ I said, ‘I don’t think so either.’”
As a freelancer, you enter new environments and must quickly assess the hierarchical and
relational dynamics in order to thrive. Kate makes no apologies for a subjective knowing
based on previous experience, instinct, and intuition beautifully described in Women’s Way
of Knowing:
. . .the move away from silence and an externally oriented perspective on knowledge
and truth eventuates in a new conception of truth as personal, private, and
subjectively known or intuited; thus we are calling this next position subjectivism or
subjective knowing. . .The shift into subjectivism, we believe, a particularly significant
shift for women when and if occurs. Our reading of the women’s stories leads us to
conclude that as a woman becomes more aware of the existence of inner resource
for knowing and valuing, as she begins to listen to the ‘still small voice’ within her, she
finds an inner source of strength. . .Women’s growing reliance on their intuitive
processes is, we believe, an important adaptive move in the service of self-
protection, self-assertion, and self-definition. Women become their own authorities.
(Belenky, Clinchy, Goldberger & Tarule, 1997, p. 54)
Kate’s intuitive skills, tested with time and experience, allow her to make rapid-fire
decisions and corrective countermeasures in a business that demands expediency and
The Freelance Factors
I asked Kate about the factors that influence her work? She responds, “There’s
geography, there’s relationship, there’s money, and there’s interest. When you are a
freelancer, you actually have a choice about what you will work on. Sure, you worry about
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