What is a test shoot? We get asked this question all the time and, worryingly, when we flip the question around, we get the wrong answer more often than not. Knowing what a test shoot is, how they work, why they are important to your brand, portfolio and career, and the best practices around test shooting will set you up for successful freelance life.
Those pesky hipsters got it right. There’s nothing quite like being there “before they were famous” and getting to watch somebody’s career journey as they develop their abilities and confidence. For a lot of industries, it can be hard to demonstrate the progress you’ve made since the beginning of your career but at the Freelancer Club, your profile is a great way to visualize the evolution of your work.
Japanese Hair and Make-up Artist Ryoko Ushio had only just moved to Cardiff when she was confined inside thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. Newly released into the outside world and wanting to improve the variety in her portfolio, Ryoko organised a pair of collaborative test shoots with other Freelancer Club members on a tennis court in north-west London.
Whether you're an experienced freelancer or just starting out, the benefits of getting involved in test shoot collaborations are plentiful. In 2021, our members produced test shoots to learn and practice new skills, try out new ideas and techniques, realise a concept, highlight a cause, connect with other creatives and create work for their portfolios.
Juliette Chidwick is one of those uber creative, multi-talented freelancers you occasionally meet in life. Not only is she an accomplished photographer but she also works as a stylist and a makeup artist.
There’s something about Ella. A professionally trained dancer, model and creative director, Ella Judge is passionate about collaborating with fellow freelancers to create content that promotes important causes. In this piece, we explore Ella’s exciting career to date and chat about a recent shoot she organised with fellow creatives to help raise awareness of breast cancer.
Each week, Freelancer Club members use the collaboration tool to post their own collaborations and to apply to work on other members' test shoots. This corner of our platform is a hive of creativity and we love catching up with our members after they’ve completed their projects.
Feel like freshening up your makeup portfolio, hair stylist portfolio or modeling portfolio as we head into a new season? Want to work with other creatives and try out new skills you’ve learned over lockdown?