I still remember my first ever client meeting like it was yesterday. It was right before Christmas, 2017. With a project start date immediately upon return from the holiday break. And this wasn’t just any client, this was an American tech startup led by a woman who had run a department at the Rio 2016 Games. She’s the type of anxiety inducing high-flyer who budgets every minute of her time. The kind of client who will look at her watch the second you start to bore her.
FREELANCE LIFE IN NYC - MAKEUP EDITION
Over the past couple of years, freelancing has become an increasingly popular career choice for many individuals as its mode of design often offers flexibility and independence in the fast-paced world of work. New York City, a hub of creativity and innovation, attracts many freelancers who seek opportunities across a diverse range of industries. Indeed, New York might for many be synonymous with the ‘land of opportunity’, but as the freelancing industry grows, so does the competition.
NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES. US FREELANCERS PREFER SLIPPERS!!
Freelancers are like superheroes. Fair enough…we may not have super strength, we may not be able to fly, and we may not be capable of teleportation or invisibility. I could go on and on… But there is one superpower we do possess. Our time.
SURVIVING A FREELANCE CHRISTMAS
Christmas is just around the corner and, for freelancers, it tends to be a busy period or deathly quiet. For the former, December can bring with it some financial anxiety as businesses slow wind down and work drys up. To help keep your spirits up and motivation high, here are a few ways you can get productive and continue to progress this December.
ACT LIKE A LONE WOLF, NOT PART OF THE PACK
Hey, you. And when I say ‘you’ — I mean it in the way of greeting you as a lone wolf who has arrived at the party solo. I do not intend to lump you in with the rest of the crowd. I mean, let's be honest here — we’re freelancers for goodness sakes. We always roll solo.
FRIDAY DRINKS AND TEAM BONDING SESSIONS? NO THANKS, I'M A FREELANCER
You know what I love the most about being a copywriter? Yes, I love the words. Yes, I love the creativity and imagination. Yes, I love some of the exciting projects I get to be a part of. And yes, I love it when my work is published and it’s there for the whole world to see — although I secretly dread it too. I also love that I dread it…it reminds me that I care. I love all of these things that come with the job. But you know what? — none of them come close to what I really love the most. The solitude.
GUESS WHAT, FREELANCERS? IT'S OKAY TO BE VULNERABLE
Hey there mi familia, how the hell are ya? It’s been a while. Just shy of 2 months ago…I was in a pretty different mindset and this last Freelancer Club piece came pouring out of me. I was pissed, I was done, I was over it. I had an axe to grind with the bullsh*t us highly-skilled, hardworking freelancers deal with on a daily basis from the snobbery in society that looks down upon us from its ivory-tower. Like a loyal boxing coach, I stood proudly by the freelancer’s corner for yet another fight. Actually, oh contraire…I put the gloves on and entered the ring myself. This was my fight, and I felt indomitable.
HEADS, SHOULDERS, KNEES AND TOES - EXPLORING THE WORLD OF BODY PART MODELLING
In the world of advertising, we are often surrounded by faceless bodies trying to sell us the hottest new thing. But have you ever stopped to consider the people behind the pictures? While you’d be forgiven for thinking that body part modelling is only for people with pretty feet, well-manicured nails or a face for radio; in reality, there is a wide range of opportunities available for any body part that you’re feeling particularly proud of. If your eyes are the perfect shape for winged eyeliner or you can do a hair flick worthy of a L’Oréal commercial, you’ll likely be snapped up by the beauty industry for their latest advertising campaigns in an instant. From bald heads and belly buttons to eyelashes and earlobes; if you can pose with it, you can model with it.