Ep #6: How To Freelance With Small Brands & The Power Of “No, But…” With Emily Schildt

On today’s show, I talk to Emily Schildt, a brand communications and marketing consultant based in New York City. If you’re looking for news you can use, this episode is beyond inspiring and useful for anyone considering doing any sort of brand consulting. Emily is one of the most organized, disciplined humans I’ve ever met. She’s on top of her finances, her daily routine, and her client protocol, and somehow, she makes time for multiple large-scale passion projects on the side. On top of all of that, she also manages to be a beacon of work/life balance (IMO, at least). She’s basically who I want to be when I grow up, even if we’re like the same age.

Emily and I actually met when I was on the hunt for freelance friends. A mutual friend connected us, and from the get-go, Emily has been so amazingly helpful to me. In the beginning, I’d shoot her emails with the most basic questions, and this angel of a person patiently answered all of them and even threw in pep talks when I needed them. She’s a gem. On the pod, we talk about:

  • Landing on your feet after a layoff

  • What it means to be a “starter” vs. someone who stays on board for long-term execution

  • The power of “no, but…” when you’re a freelancer

Grab a pen and paper, or open the notes app on your iPhone or something, because you’re definitely going to want to take notes.

p.s. If you're curious about Emily's Pop-Up Grocer, check it out on Instagram @popup.grocer.

Rebecca Adams