About Foolish Careers

What readers are saying:

“Full of actionable advice”

“I love how this is decidedly against ‘follow your bliss’ because I absolutely hate that”

“Lovingly curated”

“So well-researched, I’m taking notes”

“A great contribution to the community”

Have you ever been told to get a more sensible career?

If so, Foolish Careers is for you. It’s an interview series with creators and artists who ignored that advice to pursue a successful creative career instead. You might be thinking…

Oh no, yet more generic career advice to “follow my bliss” 🙄

I’m tired of those tepid listicles too. Those fluff pieces that tell us to “follow our heart” and “find our passion” but don’t explain how to start, how to build, how to make money and pay the bills.

Foolish Careers is a response to all that. I unearth specific, actionable tactics from creative professionals who have figured out how to build successful careers in Asia, so the rest of us can apply them to our own endeavors.

Our subjects are mostly not famous in the traditional sense — except in their communities, where they are, of course, rock stars.

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Here’s a preview of who we’re featuring:

Budjette Tan, co-creator of the graphic novel Trese and advertising executive: Persistence, collaboration, selling to Netflix and tactics for finding creative pockets of time

Kristine Fonacier, Esquire’s first female editor-in-chief: How swapping rock-and-roll journalism for volunteer work led to a more substantive writing career

Rachel Elman O’Shea, chef and co-founder of Laos Buffalo Dairy: What building from scratch really looks like, and what it will take to keep going post-COVID

Gerald Lu, sommelier: How does a kid just out of National Service learn about wine when there are no teachers in Singapore? Wine for Dummies, of course.

What you can expect

Every week starting January 2021, I’ll publish an article with actionable takeaways alongside an audio interview where our trusty creator tells their story in their own words.

As a subscriber, you also get to meet other “fools” and ask questions about building your own foolish career, which I’ll get our community to answer.

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If this resonates, join us! I look forward to hearing from you.