According to Harvard Business Review, freelancers were knights from the Middle Ages who acted as “free lancers” – knights who worked for anyone who would pay them. Today, a freelance or independent worker is “a person who pursues a profession without a long-term commitment to any one employer.”
But… is freelancing right for you? The perks are enticing: wake up late, work in your pajamas, take a jog at your leisure, and dictate your schedule on your terms. Whether you do it full-time or on the side, freelance work can have its benefits. Learn from professional freelancers across a variety of industries at the upcoming Job Search for Freelance Professionals on Thursday, April 3 from 12:30 to 1:30pm here at the Wasserman Center.
Get to know a few of our featured alumni freelancers below! RSVP HERE!
Dan Feld (Moderator)
B.A. Marketing and Sociology, NYU ‘06
Creator & Host, Prologue Profiles
Dan Feld is the creator and host of the inspirational interview podcast series, Prologue Profiles, featuring the stories of Gen Y’ers taking risks and working hard to go after their career dreams. Dan had previously left his desk job in NYC to become a school teacher in Mississippi, and failed dramatically – which led him to create Prologue Profiles. Dan (Stern ’06) now also speaks at schools to inspire students to make their own career dreams happen.
M.A. Journalism, NYU ‘09
Science and Health Writer
Carina Storrs is a freelance writer, researcher, and editor based in New York. She has written about medical technology, mental health, nutrition, sustainability, and a range of other science and health topics. Her work has appeared in Scientific American and The Scientist magazines, and on the websites of Health.com and Seleni, among other publications. Before freelancing, Carina spent two years working as a researcher and reporter for Health.c om and Health magazine. She completed her PhD in microbiology at Columbia University in 2006 and got her master’s in journalism from NYU’s Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program in 2009. More information, and links to stories she has written, can be found at carinastorrs.com
Freelance App Designer
B.A. Game Design, NYU ‘09
“I had a childhood interest in making video games which required me to learn software development. While at NYU I began taking on small software projects as an alternative to work study. In 2007 I began freelance iOS development working for a small shop in Brooklyn. The demand for iOS development was explosive. I began contracting in earnest in 2008, and grew it into a small business in 2009.
“My apps have been in The New York Times, demoed live by Martha Stewart and awarded Best in Category at the Consumer Electronics Expo. They’ve been tweeted by Zuckerberg, had #1 in Entertainment for over a week, and downloaded by more than 18 million people.
“Freelance software development is technically and personally demanding. I hope my experiences, both good and bad, will help future freelancers get started.”
Assistant Adjunct Faculty in Mixed Media, NYU-SCPS
B.A. Art History, M.A. Humanities and Social Thought, NYU
Diane Leon Ferdico has been a practicing artist for the past 4 decades. Her enthusiasm for the creative process is a lifelong endeavor. She quotes, “Being an artist takes stamina and perseverance” and she lives by that motto. Diane graduated NYU with a BA in art history from SCPS with honors and her MA in Humanities and Social Thought from the Graduate School of Arts and Science. As an adjunct associate professor of arts in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, in the McGhee degree division she has taught Collage/Mixed Media and the Fundamentals of Painting since 1995.
Her abstract work and articles has been featured in The NY Times, The Queens Courier, Ovation TV and in the US Embassy in Lima, Peru. She maintains a home base in Spain and travel is a constant influence on her work.
Diane also writes personal essays and has worked as an art editor for HerCircleezone.com. Prior experience began in 1964 as an administrative assistant in the music industry where she worked securing visas for the Beatles and Rolling Stone. Throughout her years of day jobs, art has always been the driving force in her life and something that she continues to express each day.
Thursday, April 3, 12:30-1:30pm, Wasserman Center, Presentation Room B
Dan Feld | Founder of Prologue Profiles
Diane Leon-Ferdico | Assistant Adjunct Faculty in Mixed Media, NYU-SCPS
Are you interested in freelancing, but not sure how to do it? Need more details on what it means to work independently? Learn more from a panel of professionals who use a variety of tools and resources to sustain freelance careers.