Mia's story is the latest in our ChangeMakeHer Career Stories, where we interview incredible women creating powerful change in their respective fields about their stories and share their advice on how you can do the same. One of the biggest factors as to why girls tend to shy away from fields such as STEM, tech, entrepreneurship and leadership roles is quite simply that there is often not enough representation. After all, it’s a lot harder to become something you can’t see. So, here at ChangeMakeHer, one of the ways we’re working to change that by interviewing amazing women out there, and showing that you’re just as capable of doing things like them!
So, without further ado, let us introduce to you: Mia Freedman!
Mia’s career story began in university, where she studied journalism and then started work experience at the magazine Cleo at the age of 19. After two weeks, she loved it and wanted to keep coming back, and eventually worked her way up to a Beauty Editor - her first official paid role in media.
Mia then continued to work her way up Cleo, with Lisa Wilkinson as a mentor, and later worked for magazines Cosmo and Dolly. After 15 years of womens magazines, Mia worked briefly for Channel 9, before deciding she wanted to get online. Mia created her own womens website, building up an audience, which eventually grew into the media empire Mama Mia that everyone knows and loves today.
When we asked Mia for advice for young women looking to follow in her footsteps, Mia commented that although it’s rare nowadays for girls to want to pursue careers in magazines, it’s never been easier to get yourself noticed. There is a lot of support out there for women and the barriers to entry are lower than they’ve ever been before, thanks to the power of social media. Mia says a side hustle can be a greay way to get started, and then figuring out how you can monetise it from there, but also noted to remember that what you’re passionate about doesn’t necessarily have to be how you make money.