Why I freelance Q&A with @MarikoLochridge

I am sure it's weird that I'm starting with myself for this but I don't like to ask of others what I'm unwilling to ask of myself.  So before I hit up my colleagues, role models and people I've been blessed to meet at networking events let me introduce myself first. 


Why I freelance Q&A with @MarikoLochridge

Q - What has been the biggest challenge?

I've worked on an assignment desk where I was told what, who and when to cover, that was great for learning about the news business but freelancing gives me the chance to cover stories and issues that may not be news to my publication. With freelancing you usually find the story first and the publication second that's been a complete reversal in thinking for me.  

Q- What has been the biggest reward?

Traveling on someone else's dime.

Q- What's something you've done lately that you're extra proud of?

I starting getting freelance work as a writer!  Until now my by-lines have been few and far between and always accompanied by video.  In July I published a text only piece, something I never saw happening for myself until recently.  

Q- Name one great resource that's helped you as a freelancer.

The AAJA - Asian American Journalists Association - I've tried a lot of different organizations to help me meet people in LA and this was the only one that reached back to me with a hi-five!


Today’s Motivational Quote: Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…


Mariko Lochridge (is it weird that I’m writing this in the third person?) - well, let’s just keep going…  Mariko Lochridge is a mixed race Japanese American freelance multimedia journalist who recently moved to Los Angeles, California from Tokyo, Japan.  She has worked around the world including all over the United States, Japan, India, Kosovo, Colombia and Mexico.  Most recently she filmed, edited and produced a short 10 minute documentary about special effects makeup artist and San Diego Comic Con Masquerade champion, Joo Skellington, for the financial sustainability website Make Change.  She’s also really proud of a text story she wrote for KCET about the Japanese soul food restaurant Daichan, this article will be coming out soon.  In her free time she enjoys boxing, hosting Periscope adventures with her boyfriend @BattleGodMars and taking advantage of food samples at Trader Joe’s.  


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Check out these recent works by Mariko


Make Change - How a Special Effects Makeup Artist Makes a Living

The Daily Meal - The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cookbook


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