In today’s Focus interview, Kelly Rose Bradford begs you to send her all your freaks and eccentrics, tells us about exciting day-in-the-life features and a glittering social life full of press conferences. A day in the life of a freelancer…
About your journalism:
What do you write about?
I am a freelance journalist specialising in self indulgent, first person pieces for the national press. Am also prone to talking rubbish on the radio.
Outside of my ‘specialism’ (me) I write about other people, health, wellbeing, travel, food and parenting.
Where are we likely to see your work?
My client list includes the Daily Mail, the Daily and Sunday Express, and Stella magazine at the Sunday Telegraph, plus various women’s mags and parenting titles. I also have a weekly column about my ‘family life’ (I keep a pet Boy) in a Trinity Mirror paid-for local. I’ve also just starting blogging, a bit late to the party, I know, but I’m finding it totally addictive – see
What’s the most memorable work you’ve done?
Hmmm. Posing nude for an artist for a feature for the Daily Express was pretty memorable for me, though the readers would probably prefer to forget it.
What interview or feature would you love the chance to do?
I love quirky stuff. Freaks, eccentrics and weirdos are my dream interviewees.
About you and PRs:
Where do you source ideas for articles?
Varies – publishers’ forthcoming titles lists are invaluable; quirky research stats and polls can be useful inspiration for fun features, and I love being sent off to ‘experience’ other people’s strange jobs – I spent a day working alongside a Private Investigator for a story for the Express last year, and have variously been a Santa’s grotto elf, a dancer on ice and a personal shopper all in the name of cutting edge, investigative journalism.
How can PRs be useful to you?
By sending me freaks, eccentrics and weirdos. By setting me up with the same for day in the life type pieces. Oh, and by not offering me an ‘exclusive’ that my six best journo mates have also just received.
How and when do you like them to get in touch?
Email. Whenever. I’m always here…
Do you find press conferences, trips, parties and other events useful or an interruption?
An interruption? God, they’re my social life…
How would you pay the bills if you weren’t a journalist?
I’ve always harboured a bit of a desire to be a shopping telly presenter…
If we gave you £1000, how would you spend it?
Frivolously, adding to my shoe and fascinator collection.
What books are on your bedside table, magazines in your bag, or blogs on your screen?
My blog is always on my screen so I can update it when inspiration
Books: currently reading We Are All Made of Glue by Marina Lewycka and Sebastian Horsley’s Dandy In the Underworld.
Magazines: I am a magazine junkie. Everything from The Chap to Ben 10 Alien Force…glossies, real life weeklies, Private Eye…anything and everything.
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