On a sticky New York City night last week, I sat down for a chat with nail artist and creative director Madeline Poole, Rookie editor and author Amy Rose Spiegel, journalist and Jezebel editor Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, and art director and furniture and lighting designer, Anna Karlin. Gathered in Madeline's nail polish-lined, pastel pink cushion-strewn studio space in SoHo, and sipping plastic cupfuls of slightly warm rosé wine, these awesome women were kind enough to tell me what life and work is like in NYC: 2K15. 

The conversation was funny and insightful and inspiring. I wish it had taken place in front of a audience, as I originally intended. But, as any self-employed creative freelancer will know, not all plans work out as you might hope. I'm glad I decided to record it anyway, and I hope that you'll give it a listen - perhaps while sipping a glass of slightly warm rosé.

Things We Discussed:

- Amy Rose's first job in the city, working for a dubious character named 'Bluntmaster Zach'

- How Anna came over from London and set up a successful business

- Why Julianne will never live anywhere else

- Financial hacks when you're self-employed in one of the world's most expensive cities

- Why Madeline makes more money here than in Los Angeles

- The New York definition of a 'life work balance'

- The best face mask on the market. Yep, it's relevant.