David Hochman likes words.

He writes about extraordinary people, immersive experiences and faraway places.

David also runs an online community for media professionals and creatives called Upod.

Upod Academy is Upod’s semi-secret school for freelance superheroes.

David lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Ruth Kennison, a chocolatier. Their son, Sebastian, often has chocolate on his face.

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The New York Times / Striking a Power Pose with Harvard’s Amy Cuddy
The New York Times / On being a helicopter parent to a dog
The New York Times / Mindfulness is having its moment
The New York Times / The man behind TED (whose name isn’t Ted)
The New York Times / Why I walk in Los Angeles
The New York Times / L.A.’s gangsta Johnny Appleseed
Details / What I learned from the guys who run Netflix
Forbes / An editor assigned me to travel around the world in a private jet. Thank you, editor
Los Angeles Magazine / What I learned about life by eating weeds on the side of a freeway
Food & Wine / A legendary cookbook editor serves me dog food in her Vermont farmhouse
Sky / Ruth and I drive around Jamaica looking for a dream.
Playboy / This Gary Oldman interview got a ton of attention (like this piece from The Economist).
Virtuoso Life / On the cacao trail in the Ecuadorean Amazon
O: The Oprah Magazine / The science and magic of awe
Los Angeles Magazine / My summer at Neapolitan pizza school
Los Angeles Magazine / L.A.’s secret beef restaurant (pdf)
Southwest Airline Magazine / Our month of Slow living a.k.a Slowvember (pdf)
Southwest Airline Magazine / The wonders, wisdom and weirdness of TED
Salon / How I ruined the family vacation in Denmark
Virtuoso Life / How to visit Antarctica
Forbes / Meeting the “vanishing” tribes of Ethiopia’s remote Omo Valley
Virtuoso Life / An unforgettable night at a Copenhagen hole-in-the-wall called Noma
Reader’s Digest / The agony and the ecstasy: My week at band camp (pdf)
The New York Times / The smartest people on Twitter. All in one Brooklyn loft.
The New York Times / Cake Wrecks and other frosting disasters
Forbes / Wolfgang Puck challenges me to “work the line” at Spago
Playboy/ A rollicking conversation With Cornel West (pdf)
Esquire / Alexander Payne: the Scorsese of Omaha
Virtuoso Life / Meeting the chocolate masters of Paris (Paris Chocolate pdf)
Town + Country / Let’s Just Ditch It All and Go to Bora Bora
Town + Country / Searching for the Perfect Moqueca on the Coast of Brazil
The New York Times / Stuffing myself to the gills with that guy from Chowhound
Good Housekeeping / Gwyneth Paltrow lets her guard down
Travel + Leisure / Help! Our plane is landing in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean!
The New York Times / New Zealand’s freakiest food fest
Details / Are You Raising a Little Douchebag?
Parade / Mad Man and Me
The New York Times / Driving the longest, remotest, dustiest road in Australia
AARP Magazine / Diane Keaton certainly doesn’t waste time on small talk
Travel + Leisure / The strange tale of Mighty Mike Austin and the 515-yard golf drive
Food + Wine / Opening a really, really expensive bottle of wine with Ann Colgin
Virtuoso Life / My son teaches me to ride an elephant in remotest Thailand
Men’s Health / Jedi Wisdom from a Man Who Knows from Jedi Wisdom
Women’s Health / Why my brain acts so differently than my wife’s brain
Playboy / I ask Deepak Chopra about the meaning of life. He gives it to me (pdf)
Playboy / Justin Timberlake shares his secrets for rocking a crowd of 50,000 (pdf)
Reader’s Digest / The Hochman family’s bold no-spending experiment
Reader’s Digest / The Reclusive Couple Behind
Reader’s Digest / My Month of Extreme Gratitude (Thanks for reading)
National Geographic Adventure / Getting Buried Alive with “Avalanche Man”
Entertainment Weekly / On the set of the original Survivor in Borneo.
Forbes /  The Planet’s Coolest Tree Houses.
Forbes / How to Make the World’s Best Cup of Coffee
TV Guide / Ever wonder about those attractive people you see on your television?

Tips: How to Be The Happiest Freelancer on Your Block
Rules: My Always-Say-Never Rules For Writing
Raves: Upod gets love from Freelancers Union
Praise: More love for Upod and why I give away contacts

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UPOD is an online community of writers, editors and freelancers. We support, inspire, inform, advise, amuse, delight and hire each other. Join the conversation on UPOD.

Upod Academy is a semi-secret school for freelance superheroes. Since 2011, my students have sold hundreds of articles as a direct result of Upod Academy.* Click these links to read their work in Slate, The New York Times, Oprah’s magazine, Pacific Standard, Forbes, Men’s Journal, more New York Times, Lifehacker, Parade, Money, Tablet, Reader’s Digest, Prevention, Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, Forbes, Discover, InStyle, Wine Enthusiast, Angeleno, Babble, Los Angeles Confidential, LA Weekly, Glamour, Learn Vest, Skiing Magazine, Salon, The Rotarian, Slate’s Photo Blog, Salon, Fast Company, Dame, Ladies Home Journal, Tablet again, Virtuoso Life,, Hemispheres, Southwest’s Spirit Magazine, BlogHer, Billboard, Salon, Rolling Stone, The Daily, Family Fun, The Santa Fe Reporter, Red Bulletin, Babble, Blurt, Salon, Bathesda Magazine, MadeMan, Relix, Family Getaways, Saveur, Runner’s World, Los Angeles Magazine, Yankee Magazine and More (and more and…).

*This doesn’t include the radio gigs, agents and book projects, editing assignments, and full-time writing jobs they’ve landed!

Read more and sign up for a workshop at UPOD Academy.


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