's Mastering the Lateral Move: How to Get Out of Your Current Position and Into Full-Time Journalism

Mar 31, 2004, 7:00PM to 10:00PM

Location offices<br>494 Broadway, 3rd floor (bet. Spring & Broome)<br>New York, NY
New York, NY
Cost $50/$65

You've always wanted to be a journalist, but you listened to your parents and went to law school (or medical school, or became a teacher, or a financial analyst, or a construction worker). You realize now you want very badly to quit your job and fulfill your life's dream of becoming a full-time freelance journalist. But don't make any rash moves! At least, not before you learn the concrete tools necessary to start you off as a journalist. In three hours, (our crack) corporate lawyer-cum-full-time freelance journalist (Rachel Sklar) will teach you about the careful planning required to go from a steady paycheck to the freewheeling freelance life. This seminar will help you minimize the pain.

In this seminar, you will learn how to:
--Make the most of rejections
--Capitalize on your expertise (yes, you do have expertise!)
--Capitalize on your hobbies, interests and passions
--Capitalize on friends, family and colleagues, and learn to see the great story ideas surrounding you every day
--Establish relationships with editors as someone who didn't go to j-school
--Continue your media education - what you should read, watch, attend
--Become an active part of the media community - you get what you give
--Squirrel it away: how much of a cushion will you need?
--Set up reliable workflow
--Manage yourself as a business Impose structure on your day; or, how to avoid staying in bed until 4 p.m.
--Cut costs (trust me, you need to be aware of these tips!)
--Maximize your non-writing earning potential
--Stay motivated
Avoid debt
--Change your lifestyle to accommodate your new career

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