Comedic Writer Sarah Cooper on Leaving Google, Creative Freedom & the Down Side of Audience

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If you love to tinker on your creative craft, you often feel you’re surrounded by people who “don’t get it.” This causes many of us to long for one thing that we never seem to get: total creative freedom.
And, as the logic runs, to achieve creative freedom, we’d need to have our own audience — one that loves our work and either supports us financially or gives us more clout and more say with our companies or clients. This enables us to do the work WE want, either with or for people who “get it.” No more red tape. No more backwards thinking forces suppressing our creativity.
But what if we’re wrong about creative freedom? What if there’s a frightening downside to building your own audience?
Today on the show, we hear the story of Sarah Cooper, a writer and comedian who left a job at Google in the name of pursuing her craft and building her own audience. She’s found some success and a pretty big audience thus far, but she also reflects on what this means for her creative freedom … or perhaps lack thereof.
Give it a listen, and be sure to read her stuff at — it’s hilarious!

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Jay Acunzo is an award-winning podcaster, dynamic keynote speaker, and a guy bothered by conventional thinking. He’s worked for Google, HubSpot, and both the tech startup and VC worlds. Now, as the host of audio documentary series Unthinkable, Jay makes a living understanding what it takes to make the leap from average to exceptional content marketing.

Over the past decade he’s built content strategies from scratch for tech startups, produced attention-grabbing shows for media publishers and challenger brands, and scaled a venture capital firm through nonfiction stories. His work has been cited in courses at Harvard Business School, by writers at the Washington Post, FastCompany, and Forbes, and by investors on TV’s Shark Tank.

Today, Jay travels the world speaking and daydreaming about a not-too-distant future in which creative thinkers are unhinged from the conventional in order to accomplish the exceptional. It is Jay’s belief that only then will you be able to create the best possible work for your companies and yourself.

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