Quick chat with Kerri Sackville
You’ve been a writer for many years. What do you love about what you do?
I am happiest when I am sitting at my keyboard writing. I’ve been writing my whole life; it is a genuine passion and calling. I particularly love opinion writing. I’ve been arguing my point of view since I was a kid, and to be paid for the privilege feels ridiculously lucky!
What have been the highlights of your career so far?
The publication of my first book. Becoming a columnist for Sunday Life magazine. Receiving feedback for my latest book, The Secret Life of You – people have told me that I’ve changed their outlook on life. That’s what it’s all about, really.
You have always worked for yourself – what do you enjoy about freelancing?
Honestly, I think I’m pretty much unemployable at this point! I have an enormous amount of freedom and it would be very difficult to give that up. My work life is mostly about thinking and creative expression. I have very little admin (particularly since Nine automated its invoicing system), I rarely attend meetings, and I almost never have to put on shoes. How good is that?
What do I enjoy about freelancing? Well, I think I’m pretty much unemployable at this point – I have an enormous amount of freedom, my work life is mostly about thinking and creative expression… and I almost never have to put on shoes
What skills do you think are the most important for freelancers to acquire?
The capacity to deal with rejection and negative feedback. It sucks but it’s part of the job and you have to be able to shake it off and move on to the next thing.
What are your thoughts on AI / ChatGPT?
Well, my son asked ChatGPT and me to write him a cover letter and he went with Chat GPT’s version. That was a little hurtful! But it’s not going to take over opinion writing any time soon.
The future is exciting for freelancers. There’s an almost endless market for content and new voices are constantly coming onto the scene – it’s absolutely a space in which the cream can rise to the top
Do you think the future is exciting for freelancers, and if so, why?
Yes, because there is an almost endless market for content, and new voices are constantly coming on to the scene. I read pieces all the time by relatively new writers that awe me. It is still absolutely a space in which the cream can rise to the top.
What are you most looking forward to about the Summit?
I am super excited to be on a panel with Claire Kimball from The Squiz. I’ve been a fan of that podcast since it was just a newsletter. I finally get to meet the voice in my ears!
Find out more about Kerri on her profile page or listen to her on The Content Byte.