Creative Collective Morning Talk: The Life and Times of a Freelancer

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Time: Coffee and ‘meet and greet’ from 7:30-8 AM / Conversation from 8-9:30 AM

Location: Lily’s at Roger Smith Hotel

Cost: Free and open to the public



Freelance was once a back up plan for many, but now it is becoming a full-time way of life. Statistics show us that 38% of all people working in New York City are freelance, and by 2020 it is estimated that 40% of the workforce in the USA (60 million people) will be freelance or temporary workers.

Just recently, New York passed a groundbreaking law to protect freelance workers, in short it ensures that freelance workers get paid in 30 days, something that will be a breath of fresh air for so many. You can read all about it by clicking here.

In this talk we will discuss the life of a freelancer, the ups and downs, some tips, advice and any other insights that may help those already working this way or considering it in the future.



Rodd Chant

Rodd Chant is the founder of the Creative Collective, originally from Sydney, Australia his creative carer has seen him at the creative helm of advertising agencies (including FCB and Publicis) and creative, branding and design firms on three continents (North America, Asia and Australia), he’s been an Executive Creative Director three times and his creative work has won awards such as Cannes, One Show, London International, New York Festivals and his school’s art price at age 7.

Prior to advertising Rodd tried his hand at many things but must notably was his time as a bass player in punk bands that never went anywhere and as a roadie for much better bands that went everywhere.He is passionate about all things creative and loves to share his thoughts on how to be a better creative thinker and idea generator. Rodd lives in New York and also spends time in South East Asia.


Caitlin Pearce


Caitlin Pearce is Director of Member Engagement at Freelancers Union, the nation’s largest group representing the growing independent workforce. Overseeing advocacy, education, and community growth for the 300,000-member union, Caitlin is a guiding force in the union’s drive to help the new workforce build a more sustainable, mutualistic society. She leads the national Freelance Isn’t Free campaign to put an end to nonpayment, which just won its first major victory, passing first-of-its kind legislation to protect New York City freelancers from nonpayment. Caitlin holds a Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University in Sociology and Comparative and International Development, and a Bachelors degree from Bard College. She lives in Brooklyn and moonlights as a freelance musician.

Kevin Li


Kevin Li built his first Rube Goldberg at age 7. It was a simple device made of nails, paper, thread, tape, marbles, and an alarm clock, which when working together could turn on a light. A lot’s changed since then—but then again, nothing has. Because the curiosity that drove Kevin to make that thing then is the same that drives him to make things today. In his 12 year career in advertising, Kevin has worked at Projector Japan, Saatchi & Saatchi NY, Conquistadors Collective NY, Droga5, Laird & Partners, and Dimassimo. During that time he’s had the pleasure of working alongside visionaries like Tony Granger, Gerry Graf, Koichiro Tanaka of Projector Japan and David Droga. Kevin has also freelanced for more than a dozen agencies including Anomaly, Media Arts Lab, Razorfish, Narrative, MC Saatchi, AKQA, Havas Worldwide, and JWT. His work has been recognized by Cannes, the One Show, D&AD, Young Guns, London International Awards, the Andys, Webbys, and Clios.


For further information about Roger Smith’s educational and cultural programming contact Danika Druttman by email or call (212) 339-2092

*Image courtesy of the Freelancer’s Union

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