HUSTLE FILE #81: Elizabeth Barker

NAME: Elizabeth Barker

OCCUPATION: Freelance writer, co-author of Let It Be Beautiful (a book project in which my friend Laura Jane Faulds and I are rewriting Beatles songs as stories or essays), executive editor of fashion/music blog

LOCATION: Los Angeles

WHAT’S YOUR HUSTLE: Earning my dough writing band bios for record labels and health/beauty stories for various women’s magazines, and also writing up a storm for Let It Be Beautiful. Laura Jane and I just published a collection of zines that’s meant to be a sneak preview of the first volume of our book: Each zine is an excerpt; my three are “A Hard Day’s Night” (about romance-as-escapism, and ice cream), “Penny Lane” (about Los Angeles), and “Like Dreamers Do” (about productive daydreaming, rock and roll, and imaginary boys who are whimsically pyromaniacal and piggy eaters and great at baseball).

WHAT DOES YOUR HUSTLE MEAN TO YOU: I’ve been self-employed since getting laid off from a magazine job about five years ago, and lately what I most value is the freedom to move around. I’m sort of pathologically in love with Los Angeles, so it’s nice for me to get to work at Cafe Mimosa in Topanga Canyon one day and the next at a Starbucks in the Valley or Groundwork in Venice or the downtown library or my front porch. I like how each section of the city has its own special breed of weirdos.


A WORD OF ADVICE TO WANNABE HUSTLERS IN YOUR FIELD: Make your home in a city/town/forest/whatever that energizes you, never go anywhere without a notebook and a good pen, drink lots of coffee (don’t ever let them tell you coffee’s bad for you! Caffeine is an antioxidant and your friend), and—whenever you get stuck or stressed or bored with your words—put on your headphones and play a bunch of songs really loud and dance or jump around a lot till you feel all right.


About Shannon Flaherty

Writer. Creative. Freelancer. Freebird.
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