Media, Darling: Jeremy Freed

Jeremy Freed is the Editor of Sharp Magazine and has been there since the start. The descendant of a long line of nomads, he grew up in Toronto, Dallas, Los Angeles and rural Quebec, before settling a few blocks from his first childhood home. Before joining Sharp in 2008, Jeremy contributed to Toronto Life, BlogTO, Los Angeles Magazine and National Public Radio. He’s pretty sure he has one of the best jobs there is.
Did you always want to be in the media? If not, what other careers were on the horizon?
Theatre was my first career path. I acted all through school and received my BA in theatre from Bishops University.

Where would you like to be five years from now?
With friends. Laughing.

Any advice for people getting started in your industry?
As was told to me by a writer I admire: “Just say yes.” And be persistent.

What are your favourite media outlets, not including your own?
Esquire, GQ, The New Yorker, The Daily Show, The Grid, Fresh Air.

Best interview you’ve ever had? Worst?

Best: David Sedaris – one of the warmest people I’ve ever met. 

Worst: William Shatner. We got off to a bad start and things went downhill from there. Apparently he takes his spoken-word stuff very seriously.

Best advice you’ve ever been given?
See above.

What rule(s) do you live your life by?
Don’t be a jerk.

What’s the most important tip you can give PR pros?
Be honest.

Best experience you’ve had with a PR pro? We love to hear about #wins.
It’s always nice to deal with people who are confident enough in the appeal of their products – and their suitability for my magazine – to not have to be pushy.

I hate?
Baggy suits. Insincerity. Sprawl.

I love?


Frequently, but not enough.

Best place on earth?
Anywhere remote with trees, water and stars. And Paris, of course.

Dinner guest?
Werner Herzog.

David Sedaris.

Favourite app (or whatever you are downloading these days)?

Pool or ocean?
Saltwater pool.

Voicemail or email?

One thought on “Media, Darling: Jeremy Freed

  1. Funny how Mr. Freed talks about living his life by the mantra "don't be a jerk", since this is EXACTLY how he was a few days ago when my husband and I stopped by the Contempo Media offices to inquire about applying at Sharp Magazine. Since impressions are everything, may I say his was less than stellar and needless to say, neither my husband and I will continue to support this magazine. Perhaps Mr. Freed may want to think about the way he comes across to well-meaning individuals, since I am sure he had to start somewhere like "common mortals" before his ascent to his coveted position.

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