Author: Ben Shanbrom

This Late Blooming Freelance Digital Artist Is Chasing Her Dreams In The Gig Economy

Stephanie Russell is a self-described late bloomer just beginning her adventure as a freelance digital artists. Prior to  this, she worked in retail and as an education specialist, but some changes in her family situation — and a lifelong inclination — have pushed her to begin her freelance career. She shares some of her portfolio and the methods she’s using to get her first freelance clients. Tell us about your services and your clients. What’s your specialty or niche? Most of my clients tend to be individuals or small businesses looking for simple but fun art assets. I’ve worked with...

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Finding Success in Freelance Video Production and Still Prioritizing Family Life

Andrew Tiu is a film editor who has built freelance video production into a full-service studio based in Dallas. Tiu’s studio, Motion Butter, helps brands create marketing and advertising content in the digital space through filmmaking and motion design. Andrew’s previous clients have ranged from start-ups to large companiess, but one thing is the same in each case — the need for great video content is always on the rise. This is what made Tiu realize he could make it on his own with freelance video production. Tell us about your services and your clients. We handle all aspects of...

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How An In-Demand Freelance Animator Got His Career Moving

Wayne Carlisi has been working in the arts for over 35 years. He graduated from Brandes Art Institute in 1983 and his professional career has been in animation, illustration and fine art. As an animator, he has worked for every major studio in Los Angeles (Disney, Nickelodeon, DreamWorks, Fox etc.) Carlisi currently works as a freelance animator, illustrator and painter. Tell us about your services as a freelance animator. Most of the requests I get are for animation, character design and illustration. I have done freelance animation and character design for all the major studios in and around the Los Angeles area,...

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How To Get Clients Fast With a Client Profile Strategy

What looms over a new freelancer more than anything else? I think we can agree building your client base ranks pretty highly on the list. As individual specialists many of us know exactly how to get the job done, but aren’t quite sure how to get clients we can actually perform these jobs for. In this post I want to tell you about one of the best and most strategic ways to overcome this hurdle. Using a client profile is the ideal top-to-bottom strategy for attracting clients — and not just any clients — the best ones you could possibly work with. In this guide, we will...

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Protect Yourself! Today’s Best Subcontractor Agreement Tips and Templates

Subcontracting is a heck of a way to grow a freelance business and move beyond the limitations of hourly rates and billables. But as with many aspects of the solo career, thorough documentation and foresight are crucial to reducing the headaches. This is where the value of the subcontractor agreement comes in. We recently discussed how important it is for freelancers to protect their reputations and assets with a well-crafted freelance contract, and the same wisdom applies to subcontracting. When we subcontract, we become both a service provider and a client by extension — this gives us a unique opportunity to earn more...

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