6. Drinking with friends... on the air
Who does it: Justin Kennedy, freelance podcast producer and writer, Steal This Beer & Beer Sessions Radio, Brooklyn, NY
The job: About three years ago, just as the podcast revolution began to pick up, Kennedy stepped up as lead producer for Heritage Radio Network's Beer Sessions Radio with bar owner and New York City beer scene fixture, Jimmy Carbone. Kennedy's success there eventually led him to co-create and produce his newest podcast, Steal This Beer, with Carton Brewing's Augie Carton and All About Beer editor John Holl.
His story: Like many freelancers, Kennedy owes his professional success to hard work, persistence, industry connections, and a whole lot of cold calls. "I realized about five years ago that I wanted to write about food and drink," he says. "So I literally just began asking/begging editors to work for them. And then I got into radio because I knew Jimmy and Augie and they both seemed like fun ventures -- and they still are. I wouldn't be here if I didn't love beer -- the people, but also the liquid. I love knowing that I can go into any good bar, pretty much anywhere in the world, and find a group of like-minded folks to engage with on an interesting level."