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Alex Farrow on how stand-up comedy and teaching inform each other
This episode is all about how to put together a live solo one-hour show and other comedy things as comedian, director and teacher Alex Farrow joins me on the podcast.
Teaching is a performance and lot of former teachers find their way into comedy. Alex had to figure out how both teaching and comedy work over Zoom during lockdown, as he continued to work in both capacities.
Twitter - @Alex_Farrow
Insta - @alexfarrowcomedy
"I've found a lot of positives from being on Twitter" - comedian and PR Vix Leyton on how her two careers work together in a digital age
PR, comedian, comedy promoter and podcaster Vix Leyton is the guest on this episode.
She's got brilliant advice from her own experience of working on two careers, PR by day and comedy by night.
Vix also hosts the Comedy Arcade podcast, which probably features your favourite comedian one at least one episode, taking part in the hilarious anecdote competition across three rounds.
Critiquing the media in a digital age, with Mic Wright and his newsletter, Conquest of the Useless
Journalist, poet and publisher / writer of media criticism newsletter Conquest of the Useless, Mic Wright guests on this episode. This is the last one of the current second season. Don't worry though, I'll be back with more great guests later in the year!
Mic both works within the media, and makes a living critiquing it, through his newsletter and Twitter feed. On this episode, he tells me how he does it, how it impacts upon him and what advice he'd give to a new journalist.
The future of work is everyone using their influence, with writer Lauren Razavi
Lauren Razavi joins me on this episode to talk about the future of work, how writers can use influencer tools to benefit their careers and what the digital nomad lifestyle might look like post-COVID-19.
At a tricky moment when we're gingerly leaving lockdown and wondering how our offices are going to work, it's helpful to speak to Lauren, who's spent a lot of her career writing and speaking about what work could look like in the years to come.
From the Egyptian revolution to lockdown, with Kim Fox of The American University in Cairo
In 2011, two years after American radio producer and reporter Kim Fox had moved to Cairo to take up a teaching role at The American University of Cairo, the Egyptian Revolution happened, in response to increasing police brutality on what would turn out to be the dying days of President Hosni Mubarak's presidency.
Kim spent time at the demonstrations in Tahrir Square, which involved up to 2 million people.
"Dialling down the feminism" with writer and comedian Alex Bertulis-Fernandes
Alex Bertulis-Fernandes is a comedian and writer. She's been doing stand-up for the past year, and she is writing a memoir while being mentored on the Penguin WriteNow mentoring scheme*. We met at the late, much-loved Clean Prose writers' space a few months ago, at a memoir-writing workshop taught by writer Cathy Rentzenbrink. Alex was actually the person who broke some comedy news to me last week - that I was a nominee for the Funny Women Stage Awards 2020.
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The moment you start listening to Freelance Pod it's obvious how much passion Suchandrika has for sharing stories that are inspiring, thoughtful and entertaining with the freelance community! I highly recommend listening and subscribing if you want to learn what it takes to be a successful freelancer amidst this digital revolution. Thank you Suchandrika!
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Suchandrika really understands the freelance life and consistently finds guests who share interesting ideas and insights. Highly recommend!