Member Profile: Morgan Childs
What is your name?
Where are you from?
What’s a fun or interesting fact about where you’re from?
The movie, Rushmore, directed by Wes Anderson was filmed in the high school I went to, St. John’s.
What do you do?
I’m a journalist. I got my Master’s degree here and then stayed in Prague. I got started as a food writer, but now my work is all over the map—I write about food, culture, politics, mostly in the Czech Republic and Central Europe, but not entirely. I’m a total generalist.
Pierogi photo shot in Warsaw in 2015 while reporting on a story for Saveur magazine
What are you currently working on that you’re most excited about?
I can’t get into specifics, but the projects I have up in the air couldn’t be more different than each other. Recently I’ve begun to take a step back to say, “What is most interesting to you, and why do you want to pursue certain topics?” before pitching new pieces. That’s one of the luxuries of being a freelancer—getting to adjust your levels every so often.
Why did you choose to work from Prague?
I did my Master’s degree in English with a specialization in critical and cultural theory at Charles University in Prague, and have stayed working here since I finished.
Why did you choose to work from a coworking space?
I have a very small apartment and I wanted to increase my productivity. It’s hard to get work done when you can touch your bed with your left arm and your oven with your right.
Why did you choose Locus in particular?
The location, it’s very close for me. I was working a lot at night and Locus was open 24 hours. The more time I’ve spent here, I have felt more a part of the community and have met new people.
What best describes the kind of location-independent work you do?
Freelance. I do some travel and am often outside the office doing interviews even though I spend most of my time here.
Photo shot by Morgan, which can be found along with others on her website: http://www.morgan-childs.com/
Before you joined a coworking space, what were the biggest challenges of doing that kind of work?
Working from home I cooked a lot, I was always cooking. It was important to find some set space outside of my apartment and away from my personal life.
What is the main benefit you’ve gotten working from Locus (not already mentioned above)?
Having space and more of a complete day. When you’re independent you have to find a sense of intentionality each hour of your day, and being here helps with that intentionality.
What’s the best thing about living and working in Prague, from the perspective of being a location-independent professional?
This is a wonderful neighborhood. There’s this great market at Jiřího z Poděbrad four days a week where I run into everybody I know, then I come to work here and slowly I’m starting to get to know people at Locus. Prague is a city of 1.3 million people, but sometimes it feels like a college campus, there’s always something going on. Also, because of its size, you have access to resources and people that you might not have elsewhere.
Any other interesting projects you’re working on that you haven’t mentioned already?
Nothing that I haven’t already mentioned, but I’m always looking for new stories. My best pieces come from conversations I’ve had with friends, so I’m always eager to hear about stuff going on around the country.
What is a fun fact about you?
I studied and focused on playwriting in New York and majored in Theater