Today marks the one year anniversary of me beginning my new path of working as a full-time freelancer. Crazy right? I still can’t believe its been a year already since I started out on my own! This whole experience has been a wild and crazy ride for both myself and my family.
I find that a lot of people, including myself, always love hearing about who was someone’s first big freelance client. Its always fun hearing stories about people getting to work with Disney, Target, or Coca-Cola. Unfortunately those are three major clients that have still eluded me over the years.
Back in 2014, I was in the best shape in my life. In about 8–9 months time I had lost around 80 lbs and was at my lowest weight since I was in middle school. I was running multiple times a week and by July 4, 2014 I ran my fastest mile yet(8:52).
A little more than six months ago I started down an amazing and incredible journey as a full time freelancer. The first couple of weeks after I announced this big move I was flooded with project inquires and job offers that I didn’t know what to do really.
One of my good friends asked me the other day why its important in this day and age to publish things across the internet.
The truth is that its now become a necessity to be a “Publisher” or in other words become a social networker. In the age of tweeting and snapping, you are encouraged to be social even by your educators and employers.
Lets talk about “Work Life Balance”. Talk about one of the most over used phrases in the startup era but definitely a necessary one. So lets break it all down and analyze it.
Every week I get the same type of compliment on my drawing skills and each week I tell those people the same thing. “Anyone can draw and anyone can get good at it”.
I will always remember one of my college professors telling me that there was no future in illustration and that I would be penniless and on welfare if I decided to focus primarily on that… well she said most of that.
Today marks the beginning of my new path as a full time freelancer. Two years ago I felt as if I wasn’t ready to freelance full time while living in Savannah, GA. I had spent the year before working full time for a branding agency and never even picked up a freelance gig.
Something that I’ve begun to realize more and more recently is that we, as creatives, tend to forget why we do what we do. In this day and age we tend to get stuck in the trap of creating only for clients and not ourselves.