First of all, thank you for being here & taking a few moments to read this. I know the internet is a distracting place, and our time is the most valuable thing we have. I really appreciate your time and consideration.
A little bit about me & why I'm here on Patreon:
My life & work aren't very "normal"I have been traveling nonstop since I left my job and apartment in Brooklyn in June 2014, and the whole time I've been working remotely while on the road around the world. I haven't been anywhere for longer than 5 weeks, and I often move much more frequently.
For a year in 2016-17, I was a member of Remote Year 2 (Battuta). Remote Year is a program that organizes year-long travel for groups of 75 people to live + work remotely in 12 cities/countries (each for a month).
I work as a freelancer - I have a couple of regular clients plus additional short-term projects doing consulting or writing work. My main client now is a men’s travel clothing company (Bluffworks), and I do strategy, PR, and partnerships work with them. For 2.5 years, I was the head of production for Public Persona, a small branding studio (yes, while on the road).
Storytelling is one of my passionsStorytelling can encompass so much, and I love when it can be both education and entertainment. The curiosity that drives me to explore the world non-stop is really a desire to learn and hear more stories, and then I feel very compelled to document, synthesize, and share them.
Not only do I want to share my story, I want to facilitate the interesting, passionate, adventurous people around me share their stories. I also want to help educate people who are curious about other people's lifestyle, work, and experiences.
The Modern Work podcast is conversations I have with people about the work they do & how they got there. Episodes feature in-depth 1:1 interviews and the show notes will include each person's bio, links, and notes from our conversation.
I regularly write on Medium, and in an effort to record my experience on Remote Year for friends & family, prospective RY applicants, fellow travelers, and remote workers, I wrote essays in my publication, A Remote Year (which is public + free to read).
Creative work takes time & resources, and support is critical to successIt takes me several hours to interview someone + edit the audio + set up my podcast, and continue learning best practices. Each essay takes at least 2 hours for me to write and publish, often more.
As an Art History major, I studied incredible objects and images & the people who made them, and one key takeaway for me was that creators often did (and do) depend on the support of patrons, friends, and family. I learned about Patreon a while ago, and I thought it sounded like a great way to support people making things on a regular basis - at whatever level makes sense.
So I started pledging a little bit each month to a few artists I follow elsewhere on social media and their websites: I enjoy their work, and I know that both the financial and emotional support makes a big difference in their ability to continue to devote time to content creation. Plus, I find it really rewarding to be part of this community & know that I'm helping enable the artists of my time to make things.
Now that I've started proving to myself that I have something to share with the world, I decided to create a Patreon page so that the audience, friends, and family could help support this podcast and my writing projects.
As a freelancer, my time is literally my money, and I am working to treat my projects with the same dedication to research, execution, and developing + implementing best practices as I would for a paying client.
Thank you so much for following along (for free) and pledging if you can!I really can't convey how much every word, gesture, and (yes) dollar of support means to me. I save kind notes from friends and strangers, and every meal I've been treated to or home I've been hosted at has made a difference in my life.
Maybe $1 is all you have available, and I very much understand and respect that. I live on a budget, too, and I really appreciate you being a sponsor & staying engaged with my work.
Perhaps you want to think of your $5 pledge as buying me a cup of coffee once a month, and you can pretend that I'm telling you a story over an email or phone call while you read or listen to my recent essays and episodes. I probably had at least one coffee while working, and I'll be thinking of you while I drink it!
If you pledge more than that, then wow & a tremendous thank you. Please let me know how I can continue to create things of value to you & maintain a special relationship moving forward. Being a patron of the arts is an incredible gift to the artists.