“It’s good to go out of your comfort zone. It’s good to understand how hard you can work and what you are capable of.” -Tara Thompson Rasmus
We have Tara Thompson Rasmus on the show with us today! She is a freelance writer, editor and consultant who started her writing career with Refinery29 and Lucky Magazine, she now writes and consults for publications and brands including SELF Magazine, Barneys The Window, Condé Nast 23 Stories, Neutrogena, and Fresh.
I’m so grateful to Tara for really peeling back the layers of what it’s like to wear many different hats, and to transition between each new job opportunity. She really bares it all and details the highs and lows of being a writer, and the realities of working for major brands.
We have a brutally honest discussion about burnouts and how to prevent it, and overcome it. We also unpack the fears and worries that comes with leaving a job and taking on new challenges that push you to grow. For freelance writers, you’ll want to pay special attention to the part where Tara walks us through step-by-step on how she created her own job position at one of her favorite lifestyle blogs, and how you can too by finding ways to be unique to a brand and pitching your work.
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“You can be confident in the decisions that you make because at the end of the day the only person you are answering to is yourself.” -Tara Thompson Rasmus
“Always look out for your writing first because your name is going on it.” -Tara Thompson Rasmus
What You’ll Learn From This Episode:
Tara’s transition from being a TV and film actor to identifying as a writer
- Why it’s crucial to adapt quickly as a freelance writer
- Tara’s roles and responsibilities while working at Refinery29 and Lucky Magazine and the takeaways from her experiences there
- The importance of networking and maintaining professional relationships through social media sites like LinkedIn and Facebook
- How Tara created an opportunity which then led to a position at Camille Styles
- How writers can create job opportunities for themselves by recognizing their strengths and skills to pitch to a company
- Why it’s beneficial to work with a brand or company that pushes you past your comfort zone
Learn More About Tara Thompson Rasmus
Tara Thompson Rasmus is a freelance writer, editor and consultant based in Brooklyn, NY. After holding positions at Refinery29 and Lucky Magazine, she now writes and consults for publications and brands including SELF Magazine, Barneys The Window, Condé Nast 23 Stories, Neutrogena, and Fresh.
Tara lives in Brooklyn and is expecting a son with her husband in January 2017. Her interests include food and cooking, yoga, and women’s health and nutrition.
Tara’s Recommended Books & Resources:
Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time by Brigid Schulte
Motherhood Around the World by A Cup of Jo
Bringing up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman
Oprah’s “Supreme Destiny” Video
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Vacationers by Emma Straub
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub