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New Year, New Job: Profit From Your Passion 2011


Being in the media biz doesn’t have to mean reporting on fires and homicides all day.

Each week in January, we’ll line up a creative interest with a path in media for the third installment of our Profit From Your Passion series. It’s packed with step-by-step features and insightful interviews from those who have successfully merged their personal and professional interests.

Like, how do you turn 60 seconds on the red carpet with Elton John into a winning story? Tip #3: Try to break the ice before asking about a recent scandal. Is it really possible to get paid for your addiction to, well, getting paid? Of course. Do any of the Time Out titles accept freelance pitches about art or architecture? Yes, they do — especially, the Chicago mag.

And that’s just a taste of what we have planned. See more of the lineup for Profit From Your Passion after the jump…

We kick things off with tips on how to finesse a sit-down with a big wig, be it President Obama or Justin Beiber in How To Conduct High-Profile Interviews. Plus, BET CEO Debra Lee tells how she plans to take the network forward, and we’ve got tips for landing a byline at Village Voice or an on-air gig at New York’s WCBS-FM.

In Week 2, we’ll break down what it takes to get a story in The New York Times business section and speak to money maven Jean Chatzky about her rise to the top.

Need to edit a photo or identify a font on the go? We’ll review the best mobile apps and online tools for design pros, tell you how to break into the culture pages of Dwell and Time Out Chicago, and speak to the founders of an online mag that’s shaking up the shelter category.

As V-Day approaches, bestselling romance novelist Nicholas Sparks discusses his latest project and niche, while the editors of Your Tango and The Knot detail the keys for freelancers looking to pen relationship and love stories.

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