INTERVIEW: LAUREN LONG
EVENT PLANNER & PHOTOGRAPHER LAUREN LONG
Tell me about yourself. What is your chosen area of freelance?
Event planning + photography
What made you take the leap from regular employment to working for yourself?
I was unexpectedly laid off from my full time job at a start up!
What tools do you find indispensable to complete your daily tasks?
Technology! And coffee, does that count?
How do you structure your days?
I work a part time job at a fitness studio so on days that I work there, I schedule time in between that and client meetings to work.
What’s your best advice for handling criticism?
Don't take it personal and it's just one person's opinion/criticism.
How many years have you been in business?
Do you have any lofty goals for 2019? What are they?
To feel confident and have a steady stream of business coming in instead of running around chasing after lost leads.
Do you have routines that you follow to keep your mental health in check?
I have to maintain my skincare routine. Sometimes it’s the only thing I can control and it is all just for me. Petting my cats helps too.
Do you work and travel? Where have you been while freelancing?
I haven't traveled for my freelance work yet but I would like to. I operate within New York City and the surrounding areas.
What are the hardest parts of freelancing?
Without a team or office to go to everyday, freelancing can get lonely. I have been trying to put myself out there into communities of women and creatives who have the same mindset and want to be part of a "freelancing team".
What are your most favorite things about freelance work?
Independence! Getting to decide what work to take on and if it's best for you! Support from friends! Knowing that I am a badass no matter how many times I fail! Helping others with the service that only I can provide :)