How to Deepen a Friendship by Doing a Project Together

In Chapter 3 of 16 in her 2012 interview, author and food writer Cathy Erway answers "What Do You Finding Most Rewarding About Collaborating With Others on Projects?"  She notes how she is able to deepen her friendships by collaborating with friends on projects.  She notes how it adds a different dimension to the relationship. 

Cathy Erway is an author and food writer living in Brooklyn.  Her first book, "The Art of Eating In" developed from her blog "Not Eating Out in New York".  She earned a BA in creative writing from Emerson College.


Erik Michielsen:  What do you find most rewarding about collaborating with others on projects?

Cathy Erway:  I like to see people from a different point of view than I have encountered before. A lot of times I go into a project with a friend because it seems like a good idea and all of a sudden you get to know how they operate in a group situation or in maybe a stress situation and, or in a fun -- when you're like, "Yes! We did it. We're done," situation.

All these things that you don't really get to have when you're hanging out and, you know, there's no project, there's no like fight, I guess.  So, I just, I love entering projects with people that I know and I have a good feeling that we’ll, you know, we could work together well.

Erik Michielsen:  You find ways to give that relationship more depth?

Cathy Erway:  Yeah, basically.

Erik Michielsen:  And you find some surprises along the way I'm sure.

Cathy Erway:  Yeah, sure. Definitely but I think it only gives one another more respect for each other in the end, because you feel closer to them, you get to know so much more about them.

Erik Michielsen:  You get to know more about them over time too.