The future of freelance part 2: ‘Ideas exist in different forms now’

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A snapshot of a conversation about pivoting now, powered by Tortoise Media, the slow news agency

From front rooms being used for photo shoots, to event production moving from the physical to digital, four global members discuss how their freelance lives are functioning now. Taken from a full-length, online discussion about the gig economy post-pandemic (you can watch the event in its entirety here), three members of the panel based in Chicago, Amsterdam and Hong Kong discuss their unifying thoughts around the need to adapt. Hosted by Tortoise Media cofounder, James Harding, the former Director of BBC News and Editor of The Times, this excerpt looks at why there’s a need to think outside the usual creative channels and what we should all be embracing now.

Meet the panel:

Paul Octavious: committee member at Soho House Chicago, photographer and videographer. He is self-taught and has worked with a range of global brands, including Nike and Cards Against Humanity. 

Arthur Bray: founder member of Soho House Hong Kong, editor and creative event producer, who started music collective, Yeti Out, and its record label, Silk Road Sounds. 

Shamiro van der Geld: committee member at Soho House Amsterdam and the city’s Night Mayor (a spokesman for all things concerning nightlife in the city). His experience of championing the night-time economy of Amsterdam provides him with a unique insight into the complex challenges facing the industry in the months to come. 

Watch the full event on Open House here

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