INSPIRATIONAL COLLABS OF 2021

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.

WORK AT LONDON FASHION WEEK

Work at London Fashion Week is often seen as the pinnacle of a freelance fashionista's career so it's no wonder that thousands of creative freelancers aim to find work at LFW every season. This year, it's a little different. London Fashion Week will be run as a hybrid event between the 18th and 22nd of February. The is means some shows will take place digitally (online) whilst other will occur physically at a range of venues. The benefits of working at London Fashion Week include the experience gained, the prestige of work at an elite fashion show, the credit and the pay, but landing those coveted London Fashion Week jobs is no easy feat. Here are our top 5 ways of vastly improving your chances of finding work at London Fashion Week.

WHY PAYING A FREELANCER UPFRONT, JUST LIKE WE DO FOR CONSUMABLE GOODS, IS BETTER FOR BOTH PARTIES

Okay, I’ll admit it, my onion analogy in my previous article was rather absurd—and I use this word strongly, not loosely. Yes, it’s ludicrous to believe that a client sees a freelancer as a physical consumer good and not an “intangible service” which can’t be detected by any of the human senses.  Or is it…? (in your best gruff movie trailer voice)  

IS FREELANCING THE SOLUTION TO THE GREAT RESIGNATION?

As the pandemic changes how we feel about life, work and what we want out of both, more and more people are taking that step back to rethink their lives. Companies that don’t provide the better working conditions they’re being asked for are quickly finding their workers leaving for greener pastures in record breaking numbers. As more people come to love the freedom that remote working provides, many are turning to freelancing to open up previously closed doors. 

FREELANCER FEELING LOST? YOU ARE NOT ALONE

January is often a time of reflection. You may be looking back at an amazing year just gone or questioning whether freelancing is right for you. It can also be a dark time for some and, although it can be difficult to admit, we could all do with a little help from time to time. Freelancing is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling career paths you can take but finding stability and success doesn't come easily. So, we've compiled a few tips to get you on the right track and thinking positively for 2022. 

HOW TO GET EMERGENCY FUNDING FOR CREATIVE FREELANCERS

Thanks to the newest upgrade to Covid-19’s asset pack, Omicron, rumours of yet another lockdown are starting to circle. In response to this, the chancellor is teaming up with Arts Council England to offer an additional £1.5 million in grants for creative freelancers in England. Not to be outdone, the Scottish government also announced a whopping £8m to support creative freelancers in the coming months. So - who is this money for and how can you apply?

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