Author: Ben Shanbrom

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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How Cultural Photography Became This Freelance Photographer’s Niche

Calin Strajescu is an explorer and visual storyteller with interests in documenting daily life, the humanities and culture. Beauty has captivated him since childhood — particularly when he discovered his parents’ old National Geographic magazines. Strajescu never expected to break into cultural photography, nor did he imagine he would ever be published by the same magazine that placed the love of wanderlust in his heart. What pulled you toward cultural photography? It has always been a dream of mine to combine traveling with a job that could sustain it. In the beginning of my career I was attracted to the studio and portraiture photography, but it didn’t take long...

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How A Freelance Illustrator Primes His Creativity

Dejvid Knezevic is a freelance illustrator and designer from Slovenia. Over the years he has honed a unique style inspired by the concept of human thoughts and emotions conveyed in a visual environment. Tell us about your freelance illustrator services. What’s your niche? My specialty is illustration work in a very specific style — ink illustrations finished with digital elements. I always look for a story in a piece of artwork. I find them to be most important, so every art or design piece has to have some symbolism, some concept or story behind it. I find that to be the...

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