Content strategist, Editor, Writer

Brittany Risher

I’m a freelance content strategist, editor, and writer specializing in health and wellness content. I do a combination of writing and editing for publications and websites, as well as for brands (usually on their blogs). I also create and manage the editorial strategy for websites and brands, which means managing their editorial calendars, assigning freelance writers, editing and loading content, analyzing the performance of content, and refining the strategy accordingly.

Why I’m a freelancer: First, let me be clear about something: I chose to go freelance. I left my last full-time job of my own will. I wanted to be able to do a variety of work rather than just one thing. I also needed the flexibility to be able to manage a long-term eating disorder and see my doctor, therapist and dietitian. (I’m very happy to report that, in part because of the flexibility freelancing gives me, I am the healthiest I have been in more than 20 years.)

Another reason I’m freelance is that, despite the constant hustle and paying for my own health insurance and having no employer 401(k) plan, I make more money. This allows me to save more for my future family.

Going freelance simply made me happier and reduced my anxiety incredibly.

Why I’m so worried about S863 (formerly S4204/A5936): Media companies continue to merge, fold and fire full-time employees. I am deeply worried that I will not be able to find a full-time job should this legislation pass. And even if I can, I know that working set hours in an office environment will trigger my anxiety, which could in turn trigger my anorexia and put me back into a very unhealthy place physically and mentally. This additional stress could affect my relationship with my boyfriend, while we are on the verge of marriage.

What I want lawmakers to know: Please revise the language of this legislation to allow people like me–people who choose to freelance—to do the work that we want to do. I’ve already heard way too many stories from freelance journalists in California, where similar legislation recently passed, about how nobody will hire them now. This could happen to me and my colleagues in New Jersey if the language of this bill is not clear.

Shouldn’t everyone be able to live the life they want to live? Please do not keep us from living out our dreams.