The world of art isn’t as easy as you think it is. You’ll be down-balled for your projects. Some big-time companies can forget paying you. It can be hell. But if you want to survive, know these five things!
Nothing Will Be Easy
This is as obvious as it gets. You’ll be fighting for your very own stability and you’ll be working more than 9-5 sometimes. There is solace in knowing you’re just at home and your bed is behind you, but that bed will be instrumental for your sanity.
Three Months Of Hell
Finding projects is hell. Clients won’t respond immediately. At this point, contacting your natural market and having people know about your profession. You want people throwing your name and business card everywhere. Make noise.
Network-Building and Socialising
After three months of hell, you’ll be building your networks and socialising once the work starts to pick up. You might not be paid for some projects, but it will give you exposure. However, do nt let this rule your work. As much as possible, get paid for everything.
Build Your Personal Profile
Get people to trust you and your work by publishing your online details and accomplishments online and LinkedIn is a great place to start. You might want to host a blog that would showcase your portfolio as a freelance in your industry.
Competition and Making Frenemies
Don’t loathe your competition. Instead, embrace them. Go to gatherings and get to discuss ideas. Keep close to freelancers with great success and find out their secret in a civil and proper manner. Keep your friends close as they are your competitors too.