Freelance journalist, Public speaker & Media consultant
Jared Lindzon is a freelance journalist, public speaker and media consultant based in Toronto. Aside from his regular columns in Fast Company’s Leadership section and The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business, Lindzon’s work has also been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Fortune, POLITICO, Quartz and many more.
When I began thinking about what I want to do with my life as a child, I decided my life would be well lived if I could “do cool shit and write about it” for a living. Today I not only write about it, I speak about it as well. Whether in the pages of Fast Company, the Guardian, Rolling Stone, the New York Times or my own website, NoWordLimit.Blog, whether on stage with rockstars in New Orleans, political analysts in Dallas or business leaders in Lisbon, my career and my life is an endless pursuit of all things a younger version of myself would categorize as cool, and the stories that result.
I’m not where I am because I am a particularly talented writer and journalist; There are far too many writers who are on a much higher level of talent yet are still struggling financially for that to be true. I am where I am because I’m particularly talented at hustling. Whatever your grind, whatever your industry, the talent is only as profitable as the hustle behind it.
I want to keep doing cool shit, I want to keep writing about it, and now that my career is stable I have the luxury of not caring whether or not I’m getting paid for it. I aspire to use that relative comfort to try and build what I believe will be the next level of my success.
Making rent (almost) every month in my first year as a freelancer.
Hunter S. Thompson, Matt Taibbi, Oscar Wilde
Italy. The food alone makes it the greatest nation to visit on earth.
ow did you get into the industry?
My first foray into journalism was a volunteer gig at my school paper, and I instantly fell in love with it. Within that small ecosystem of the university campus I could see how my work was received by readers everyday, and even see changes on campus that resulted from the stories I pursued. From there I went to journalism school and completed my master’s, but I really owe my career to an unpaid internship at the National Post. Though I didn’t make a penny, it was the most valuable experience of my career thus far.
Any emerging industry trends?
The pendulum that has long swung towards easily digestible “infotainment” is starting to finally swing back. There is an appetite for well reported long form journalism that hasn’t been seen since the listicle and advertorial was invented. The current state of affairs has caused many to examine, perhaps for the first time, what they want and expect from their journalism institutions. I’m excited to the be in the industry at the right time to deliver it.
Inspiration for the business idea, and your vision for the Business?
The original concept behind pursuing a career as an independent freelance journalist was the possibility of being a financially independent journalist, which I had not experienced up until that point. Now that I’m making a living doing what I love the goal is to continue while finding ways to continue taking things to the next level.
What’s next for the Business in the near future?
The recent launch of my new website, NoWordLimit.Blog, is a great example of a return to doing the kinds of writing that I love, even when nobody is paying me. I’m really excited to tell these incredible stories that I’ve just been sitting on for too long.
Your most difficult moment at the Business?
My freelance career has had two similar challenges, and now faces a third. The first was just launching the business, which was the most difficult year of my life as I struggled to make a living. The second was expanding my career beyond my national borders in Canada and writing for major American publications, which took some time and persistence but eventually worked out. Now I’m looking to build a brand for myself separate from the publications I work with, and something tells me this will be the hardest challenge of the three.
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
The diversity. Toronto is the most culturally diverse city in the world, it is among the most diverse in terms of climate and it’s got the most incredible blend of cultures, languages and histories. You can’t get bored in a city like this.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Sleeping
10:00 AM – Just waking up
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
Hit the gym and then make a salad while watching The Daily Show in my apartment
7:00 PM – Watching hockey
11:00 PM – Playing videogames
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
Coffee. Never enough.
What should everyone try at least once?
Either skydiving or therapy. Not necessariliy both.
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
Anywhere I’ve never been, as long as I’m in no rush
What Else to Know?
Check out my blog: NoWordLimit.Blog