Libby Parker

Expressions Media

I am a professional writer, currently working in a freelance capacity as an arts journalist, speech and policy writer, editor and copywriter.

As a qualified teacher, I spent many years teaching writing and creative skills to secondary school students before I decided to put my money (and white board marker) where my mouth is and start writing for a living.

Now, rather than impart those skills to students who may/may not care about them, I use them to write content, press releases, speeches, articles, bios, resumes, SEO and copy for clients like Adelaide Festival, the Honourable Tammy Franks MLC, Lucy Cornes (SheShopped and Cornes and Sloan), Blitz Marketing, CBB, iSA radio, Mary’s Poppin night club, authors, musicians, theatre companies, not for profits and anyone else who wants me!

As a qualified journalist, I have written for The Advertiser, Barker Magazine, BSide Magazine, Inside South Australia, The Weekender Herald, UniLife, On The Record and MY own website, The Upside News.

my core skills

arts

education

politics

lifestyle

business

Q & A

Whats the best thing to happen to you in your career to date?

Going freelance and creating Expressions Media has been the best thing I have ever done. Not only does it afford me the flexibility to work on a range of projects, but it allows me the opportunity to combine my skills and passion in education, journalism, arts, publicity, politics and writing. The day I became a freelancer is the day I found job satisfaction. My boss is also pretty great.

What does a typical work week look like for you?:

On Mondays and Tuesdays, I work at Parliament House in South Australia writing speeches and policies, and doing communications for a state politician. From Wednesday to Friday, I am working from my office in Adelaide's CBD writing content, articles, blog posts, media releases and teaching resources for a range of clients. On weekends, I am usually out at local arts or music events and reviewing them for my arts and culture website, and hanging out with my family.

Describe your working environment in a few sentences..

My working environment is bright, colourful, tidy (most of the time) and very quiet. It's also usually surrounded by a range of snacks.

What sets you apart from other freelancers in your industry?

I am fortunate to have had a few different careers and am now able to channel all of those into my work. From education to PR, media to hospitality, I have developed many skills and a huge network of resources I can now invest into my writing and workshops.

What are the tools of your trade?

My tools are a laptop, the internet and a phone. Snacks also help.

Do you collaborate with others? If yes, how does that works?

I work with other freelancers if they need to outsource work to me. I also have designers I refer work to and they refer back to me. This network keeps my work life collegial and gives me an opportunity to extend my range of expertise.

Whats been the biggest freelancing lesson to date?

Two very important words: Terms (and) Conditions.

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