The Setup - Jennifer Lee O'Brien

As part of an ongoing series where we ask industry professionals what they use to get the job done, we speak to Jenn, writer at The City Talking.

Who are you, and what do you do?

Hey! I’m Jenn and I’m a writer at The City Talking; a media company that produces magazines and documentary films. I spend most of my time talking to people in cities like Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield — and then I write about it. I also help our film team with research, story development, interviews and script writing.

It’s a really sweet job and I love it.

What hardware do you use?

I have an iPhone 7 in rose gold, which makes me feel like a Kardashian, but in a good way. I fell in love with Apple products when I was seventeen; it’s probably my only teenage love without regrets.

I work on a 12" Macbook; it’s my favourite piece of tech, and a total millennial cliché. Like avocado toast, flat whites and Wes Anderson’s colour palette — all dreamy AF.

And what software?

Mostly, I write in TextEdit. I’ve tried all kinds of fancy writing apps, but old school seems to work best for me. I recently downloaded Bear, which is, like, a really beautiful blank screen and 100% cooler than the sad world of RTFs that I currently inhabit.

I use Spotify every day, so I can listen to Kendrick Lamar or Generic Classical Writing Music. Our team uses Slack; I use Buffer for The City Talking’s Twitter accounts and organise research and story proposals on Trello.

What would be your dream setup?

My dream setup would be something like a Victorian study combined with one of those industrial Scandinavian coffee shops that are wonderful and Instagrammable and everywhere. There would be plants and books and a big window and a French press and I would keep emergency whisky in my drawer like Don Draper.

Or, just a really quiet closet; because as lame as it sounds, the best place for me to get some writing #inspo is totally alone with zero fun visual stimulation.

One item you can't live without?

Lists! I'm naturally super disorganised, so I have to write a lot of lists.

Thanks Jenn!

Jennifer Lee O'Brien on 9th June 2017.


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